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39th Coordination Committee Meeting – Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark 23-24 March, 2017

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:00
Friday 24 March 2017 09:00-18:00 EGN Coordination Committee Meeting


Event Schedule, Falls Hotel, Ennistymon

9.00 Welcome by Pat Dowling CEO of Clare County Council Followed by a brief welcome from our partners: 9.10 Dr Koen Verbruggen Geological Survey Ireland 9.15 Dr Kirstin Lemon Geological Survey Northern Ireland 9.20 Michael Fitzsimons Failte Ireland 9.25 Prof Patrick McKeever UNESCO
UNESCO Global Geoparks and the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 9.35 Dr. Nickolas Zouros EGN
European Geoparks and Sustainable Tourism 9.45 Asier Hilario, Basque Coast UNESCO Global Geopark, Coordinator Spanish Geopark Forum
UNESCO Global Geoparks  as sustainable tourism destinations – The National Geopark Fora activities as a mechanism for raising profile in tourism market 9.55 Aniello Aloia, Coordinator Italian National Geopark Committee
European Charter of Sustainable Tourism Case Studies 10.10 Carol Gleeson, Buren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark
GeoparkLIFE, an overview of a partnership approach to sustainable tourism in the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark 10.20 John Galloway, Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark
The Copper Coast – Small and Sustainable 10.30 Richard Watson: Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark 10.40 João Carlos Nunes, Azores UNESCO Global Geopark
Azores UNESCO Global Geopark (geo)tourism strategy: why sustainability matters! 10.50 Alexandru Andrassanu,Hateg Country Dinosaurs UNESCO GLOBAL Geopark
Volunteers program in Hateg Geopark 11.00 Barnabás Korbély, Bakony–Balaton  UNESCO Global Geopark
Geotour guide trainings: involving local communities and strengthening sustainable geotourism in Bakony–Balaton UNESCO Global Geopark, Hungary Question & Answer Session 11.10 All presenters will be asked to gather on the podium to answer questions from the floor. 11.30 Coffee break in the foyer of the hotel 11.30 – 12.30 Display of Geoparks

Information leaflets and examples of sustainable tourism activities at stands in the foyer of the hotel


Global press conference to present the UNESCO Global Geoparks

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:50

Global press conference to present the UNESCO Global Geoparks
Palais am Funkturm, East Gallery

We cordially invite you to the premier press conference of the Global Geoparks Network, an official partner of the “INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM FOR DEVELOPMENT”,
on Tuesday, 7 March 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
Messe Berlin, Palais am Funkturm, East Gallery (on the ground floor),
directly following the ITB opening press conference.

Available to talk with you will be:
Prof Dr Nickolas Zouros, President, Global Geoparks Network, University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece
Topic of the presentation: “UNESCO Global Geoparks as Sustainable Destinations”

Dr. Margarete Patzak, Earth Sciences and Geohazards Risk Reduction Section,
Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences UNESCO, UNESCO Global Geoparks secretariat.
Topic of the presentation: “UNESCO Global Geoparks – New UNESCO Seal of Approval after 40 Years”

Dr. Marie-Luise Frey, Executive Board, Global Geoparks Network, Managing director, Welterbe Grube Messel gGmbH, Germany.
Topic of the presentation: “Collaboration of World Heritage Sites and Global Geoparks Network for Sustainable Tourism”

Please note that the press conference will take place both in English as well as German. The press materials will be offered in German. Snacks and drinks will be available.

Press contact: C&C Contact & Creation GmbH, Paul-Ehrlich-Straße 27, D-60596 Frankfurt, Tel. +49 (0)69 / 9636680, Fax -22, Email, Internet

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017 Calendar of Events

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 08:40
ACTIVITYWHO (organizer)WHAT TO REPORT MAY - JUNE International Intensive Course on Geoparks 2017
June 12-22
Lesvos island, GreeceLesvos UNESCO Global Geopark &
Global Geoparks
A capacity building activity of GGN/EGN aiming training of Geopark managers and staff in UNESCO Global Geoparks management and activities building through sharing of best practice between existing Global Geoparks and aspiring geoparks.
Number of events : 9
Number of participants for each event: 50
Outcome of the event : Report JULY Geopark festival
28 - 30 July 2027
Odsherred, DenmarkOdsherred UNESCO Global GeoparkThe Geopark Festival in Odsherred is a 4-day yearly festival where local inhabitant, organizations, and businesses are moving out into the landscape promoting themselves under the umbrella of Geopark Odsherred. During the festival, there are more than 100 activities and event such as guide tours, exhibitions, workshops etc.
Number of events – more than 100
Number of participants for each event – between 10.000 – 15.000 visitors and tourists
Outcome of the event - reports and evaluations to develop the festival for next year. AUGUST Heritage Week
21st – 27th AugustBurren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global GeoparkHeritage Week, an annual national festival in Ireland showcasing heritage activities, when the Geopark will host a range of sustainable heritage tourism events
7 events
30 – 100 participants at each event
Digital and print media coverage Volcano Day, 2nd edition
24 August Hateg Country Dinosaurs UNESCO Global GeoparkIt’s the Geopark’s major educational event meant to explain the importance of volcanoes and the role they play in the Earth’s evolution. The date was chosen because of its resonance among volcanism enthusiasts, at this time, in 79 AD Vesuvius erupted, destroying the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But under the thick layer of lava and volcanic ash, archaeologists were able to discover and reconstruct important aspects of the daily life of the ancient world. Andi Andesite is the event guide, a cute mascot of the House for Volcanoes, designed by volunteers from a piece of volcanic rock - andesite. / 300 participants. SEPTEMBER Achievement Hiking in Geopark
September 2017Novohrad-Nógrád UNESCO Global Geopark
Achievement Hiking means 90, 50 and 30 km long hiking trails defeated in a specified time. Trails will be led along geological, natural and historical values of geopark. Event will be held with the help of 40 volunteers.
Number of events: 1 Achievement Hiking with 3 trails and promoting activities
Number of participants for each event: 800-1000
Outcome of the event: FB Pages, web pages, photos, reports, press release Experiential Tourism Conference
8-10th September 2017Parco Naturale Adamello
Conference on “Experiential and Sustainable Tourism”, with the aim of reflecting and sharing ideas on the theme of sustainable tourism and its importance as strategic asset in the protected areas and Geoparks.
Number of participants: 200
Outcome of event: report, press releases, web page, FB page TRAVESIA A NADO MAR DE LAS CALMAS (V edition)
30 septemberInsular Council of El Hierro and El Pinar Municipality (Partner)Open water swim crossing an Integral Marine Reserve in the exclusive Mar de Las Calmas, El Hierro Geopark, swimming over volcanoes.
Celebration: 30 september
Participants: 400 14th European Geoparks Conference
September 7-9
Ponta Delgada, Saint Miguel, Azores
Azores UNESCO Global Geopark &
European Geoparks Network
A European Conference aiming the presentation of the Geopark achievements, activities and experiences to celebrate Earth heritage and promoting sustainable development for rural communities through geotourism.
Number of events: 14
Number of participants: 600
Outcome of the event: Report, Abstract Book, Publications, Declaration

Successful launch of the Interreg Danube GeoTour Project

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 06:00

Kick-off meeting in Idrija, Slovenia from 13th-15th March 2017

Last week the first get-together of the project partners at the Kick-off meeting took place. All partners of the Danube GeoTour project started together in Idrija, Slovenia and presented the project to the public. The subtitle shows the goal and the challenge which the 11 partners from 8 countries are facing over the next two and a half years: »Valorisation of geo-heritage for sustainable and innovative tourism development of Danube Geoparks« The project is co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA).

The main project result will be joint Danube GeoTour designed to strengthen cooperation between the Geoparks regions and act as an innovative tourism product to accelerate visibility and tourist visits in the geoparks. Sharing experiences, testing pilot geotourism products and new interpretative approaches should increase local inhabitants’ engagement, Geopark management capacities and lower the quality gap between Danube and other EU Geoparks.

During the Kick-off Meeting the partners set the first tasks and activities and got furthermore inputs from the three associated strategic partners in the project. They will help to ensure the high quality of implemented actions: Humanpolis ltd / Rokua Geopark (Finland), Naturtejo – Tourism Company (Portugal) and finally the Global Geoparks Network (France). In addition, the partners learned more about Idrija heritage and history during the fieldtrips and visited a local school which is working on local handmade GeoProducts.

More information about the project is available within this link:

Group Picture of the Kick-Off Meeting with all three associated strategic partners and the project partners: Idrija Heritage Centre- Idrija Geopark (SLO), Balaton-felvidéki National Park Directorate (H), Styrian Eisenwurzen (A), Public institution »Nature Park Papuk« (HR), ARGE Geopark Karavanks (A/SLO), Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation (SLO), Bakony & Balaton Regional Tourism Nonprofit Ltd. (H), Bohemian Paradise Geopark non-profit organization (CZ), University of Bucharest (RO), University of Presov (SL), Public Enterprise National Park Djerdap (SRB).


Calendar of annual activities 2017 Sobrarbe-Pirineos Geopark

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 05:00

Boltaña, February 21, 2017.- Sobrarbe-Pirineos Geopark of Unesco organizes throughout the year various activities: meetings, excursions, guided tours, training workshops, annual seminar, etc. And with the aim of informing the interested public in advance the schedule of activities and to be able to plan their participation, has designed the Annual Calendar of Activities of the Sobrarbe-Pyrenees Geopark for 2017.

It also wants to be a tool at the service of the Collaborating Entities of the Geopark so that they can organize, if they are interested, offers of their services (accommodation, activities, meals …) that integrate and complement with the activities programmed by the Geopark.

This calendar will be updated according to the new activities that are being scheduled. And every activity will always be disseminated and publicized individually on dates close to completion.

Research Grants for the “Sobrarbe-Pirineos UNESCO Geopark” for 2016

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 04:00

The Region of Sobrarbe has granted an aid for the accomplishment of research works in thefield of geology, referred to the Region of Sobrarbe.

The beneficiary project is as follows: “Reconstruction of historical mining in the Region ofSobrarbe and its environmental impact during the Anthropocene“, by Juan Pablo CorellaAznar. Aid granted: € 4,800.00.

They have been especially valued:

  • The contents of the projects presented
  • The methodology and projection of the future
  • The innovative nature of the projects presented

The deadline for completion of the work will be a maximum of one year from the date ofgranting the aid.

Sobrarbe-Pirineos Geopark wants to thank the interest shown in this edition of the call foraid. It has had 8 applications, all of them very interesting and of great quality. We lookforward to continuing to support these initiatives and, if possible, reaching many moreprojects.


Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:00

During 13th and 15th March 2017 the KICK-OFF MEETING OF DANUBE GEOTOUR PROJECT (Valorisation of geo-heritage for sustainable and innovative tourism development of Danube Geoparks) was held in IDRIJA UNESCO Global Geopark, SLOVENIA.

The first day was public, dedicated to all partners and interested public. The event is designed to raise awareness of the objectives and activities of the project.

The main objective of the project Danube GeoTour is to improve management capacities and strategies and to develop practical solutions for the activation of geodiversity/geo-heritage and to seize positive market trends for sustainable tourism development in  Geoparks of the Danube region.

Partners are 5 UNESCO Global Geoparks and 1 aspiring Geopark through their management bodies as well as Universities and Public Institutions.

Associated partners are 2 UNESCO Global Geoparks and the Global Geoparks Network (GGN).

The Project is co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA)

More information about the project can be found here:

or on facebook: Interreg Danube GeoTour​

Conference on “Meteorology in the Pyrenees”

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 04:00

Sobrarbe-Pirineos UNESCO Geopark begins its annualactivities in 2017 with a lecture on “Meteorology in thePyrenees“, given by Jorge García-Dihinx, author of the blog”La Meteo que viene”.

It will be on Friday March 10, at 8:00 pm, in the Auditorium”Pedro Santorromán” at the headquarters of the Region ofSobrarbe, in Boltaña.

No prior registration is required and is open to all interestedparties, until the seating capacity is completed.

The purpose of this talk is to know how the meteorological phenomena behave in the CentralPyrenees and how they serve to make a prediction of the weather. And consequently, amongother things, to be able to program the activities and exits to the mountain safely.It will last approximately one hour.