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UNESCO endorsed the addition of 18 new Geoparks to the Glob-al Geoparks Network (GGN)

Why is it in the news?

  • UNESCO has endorsed the addition of 18 new Geoparks to the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), bringing the total count to 213 Geoparks across 48 countries.
  • Notably, there are currently no Geoparks in India.

More about the news

  • Among the major additions to the GGN are noteworthy Geoparks such as the Land of Extinct Volcanoes in Poland, featuring remnants of Paleozoic and Cenozoic volcanoes;
  • The Impact Crater Lake in Finland, Europe’s largest impact crater lake formed through a meteorite collision 78 million years ago; and
  • Uberaba in Brazil, renowned for its rich palaeontological heritage and tagged as the ‘Land of the Giants’.
About UNESCO鈥檚 Global Geopark (UGGP)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The concept of Geoparks emerged in the mid-1990s, leading to the establishment of UNESCO鈥檚 Global Geopark (UGGP) in 2015.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 UGGPs represent unified geographical areas managed with a holistic approach focusing on protection, education, and sustainable development.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 They are managed by bodies with legal recognition under national legislation, and their designation is subject to reassessment every four years, emphasizing the dynamic nature of their management.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 UGGPs play a crucial role in fostering local pride and strengthening identification with the region among the local population.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 They also serve as catalysts for generating new revenue streams through geo-tourism, contributing to sustainable economic development in their respective areas.

About Global Geoparks Network (GGN)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 GGN is a non-profit International Association officially established in 2014 under the auspices of UNESCO.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 It aims to promote the exchange of experiences and cooperation among Geoparks worldwide, facilitating mutual learning and the advancement of geoscience education, conservation, and sustainable development.


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