Eight Geological sites in Asia, Europe and Latin America become UNESCO Global Geoparks19/05/2017

        Paris, 5 May—Eight sites demonstrating the great diversity of our planet’s geology have received the UNESCO Global Geopark label on 5 May, when UNESCO’s Executive Board endorsed the decisions made by the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council during its first session in Torquay, UK, last September.

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Cheongsong Geopark (Korea)

        UNESCO Global Geoparks are territories that promote geodiversity through community-led initiatives to enhance regional sustainable development. They help monitor and promote awareness of climate change and natural disasters and many of them help local communities prepare disaster mitigation strategies.

       With this year’s eight additions, the world network now numbers 127 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 35 countries. They celebrate the 4.6-billion-year history of our planet and the geodiversity that has shaped every aspect of our lives and societies. Furthermore, Geoparks create opportunities for sustainable tourism, whose importance has been recognized by the United Nations, which named 2017 as International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

        The eight newly designated sites are: Arxan (China); Causses du Quercy (France); Cheongsong (Republic of Korea); Comarca Minera, Hidalgo (Mexico);Keketuohai (China);  Las Loras (Spain); Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca (Mexico); Qeshm Island (Iran)

       The Executive Board of UNESCO also endorsed two requests for substantial extensions to two existing UNESCO Global Geoparks in China: Leiqiong and Zigong.

Xuan Don