9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
[MIS02-01] UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS
Keywords:Geopark, International Geosciences and Geoparks Program, UNESCO
While world heritage sites focus on the fulfilment of one of 10 criteria that demonstrates outstanding universal value, UNESCO Global Geoparks have the concept of community empowerment and sustainable development at their core through appreciation of geological heritage of international value and its link to other aspects of natural, cultural and intangible heritage. Using examples, this presentation will present examples of UNESCO Global Geoparks, explain the concept behind them and discuss the various changes that have resulted from the recent decision by UNESCO.