What is a UNESCO Geopark?
A UNESCO Global Geopark is a geographically cohesive territory which contains geological sites of recognised national and international importance, valued for their protection, sustainable development, education and culture. The fundamental lines of action are related to the sustained and sustainable development of the territory, involving local communities, so that this is a project of all and for all.
Currently there are 147 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 41 countries.
“By raising awareness of the importance of the region's geological heritage in history and society, a UNESCO Global Geopark gives its inhabitants a sense of pride in their region and strengthens their identification with the territory. The creation of innovative local initiatives, new jobs and high-quality training courses are stimulated, while new sources of revenue are generated through geotourism and geological resources are protected".
– UNESCO NATIONAL COMMISSION