Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tenth European Geoparks Conference

The conference will be hosted close to Oslo, by the Gea Norvegica Geopark, the first Scandinavian member of the European Geoparks Network. It will cover communication, management, education and research, tourism and collaboration between Geoparks.

This conference is organized in a Geopark in northern Europe but many participants are expected also from elsewhere (such as Brazil, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Uruguay, USA), ready to exchange ideas on Geoparks with the 43 European members of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN). The discussions on the complex work of Geoparks will address many different subjects, and offer a holistic view of nature and society which is reflected in the Geoparks' activities, and embedded in local culture and tradition.

UNESCO is supporting the Geoparks initiatives in 26 countries, which come from all continents and has, to date, 78 members. The GGN Bureau, in charge of the evaluation of 15 Geopark candidates, will hold its meeting in the framework of this conference and announce new members.

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