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Geopark > Purpose of establishing a Geopark

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proposed the Geopark concept in 1999.

  • To protect geological sites of international significance through proper planning, management and legislation;
  • To encourage the sustainable use of geo-sites for knowledge-transfer activities; and
  • To promote geo-tourism and local engagement activities in the geopark.

The term "geopark" first appeared in UNESCO Geoparks Programme, published by UNESCO in 1997. UNESCO defines a UNESCO Global Geopark as a single, unified geographical area where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with the holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

A geopark achieves its goals through a three-pronged approach: protecting geo-sites and the natural environment; promoting the popularisation of earth science and improving science literacy; and supporting sustainable socio-economic development.

Definition of a Geopark
Purposes of establishing a Geopark
Global Geoparks Network
National Geoparks of China
Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark
Planning & Protection Principles
Sistering Geoparks
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