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Latest Global Geoparks 2012 - 21/09/2012

The Global Network of Geoparks now counts four new members, with the addition of sites in China, Indonesia, Hungary and Spain. The new sites bring the total number of Geoparks in the Network to 91, located in 27 countries. They were admitted by the Global Geoparks Network Bureau during the 11th European Geoparks Conference, which took place in Arouca, Portugal from 19 to 21 September.

The Global Geoparks Network links geological heritage sites of international importance, rarity or beauty that are also used to promote sustainable development for local communities.

The Network was created with UNESCO’s support in 2004 to encourage cooperation between geological heritage experts and practitioners. It also seeks to promote awareness of geological hazards and disaster mitigation strategies, climate change and the need to manage our natural resources sustainably.

Sites given the Geopark label possess an effective management structure and clearly defined boundaries. They cover a sufficiently large area to permit significant sustainable economic development, primarily through tourism. The Global Geopark brand is a voluntary, quality label and UNESCO offers its support to sites that are part of the Network on an ad-hoc basis via requests from Member States.

The new sites are: Batur Geopark (indonesia), Central Catalunya Geopark (Spain), Bakony-Balaton Geopark (Hungary), Chablais Geopark (France), Sanqingshan Geopark (China), Carnic Alps Geopark (Austria)