UNESCO adds 8 new sites to ‘Global Geoparks’ list; Know about the beautiful natural sites

With the addition of 8 new beautiful natural sites in the world, UNESCO has totaled 177 Global Geoparks in 46 countries. “It’s more than just a label,” says Christoph Vandenberg, UNESCO’s head of earth sciences and geo-hazard risk reduction. Unique heritages and unique landscapes always take dominance in the world and they will be recognized and celebrated worldwide. 

What is Global Geoparks?

UNESCO Global Geoparks are world-class parks where the local areas focused on the protection of geological features. They are recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization after analyzing its uniqueness in scenic beauty and culture. The Geoparks are single, integrated areas balancing conservation with development. Along with making the tourism enable, these sites also intend to retain their unique heritage for all-time years. 

Geoparks not only do the locals make a living in the area, but they are also proud to be associated with the management of the park. It was founded in 2004 in partnership with the International Union of Geological Sciences.  In 2015, the Member States of UNESCO ratified the rebranding to the current name. The network was set up to conserve the earth’s geological heritage, as well as to promote sustainable research and development by the concerned communities.

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As per the Geological Survey of India(GSI), there identified 26 sites across the country to be developed as parks but not a single from Kutch figures in the list. However, as per reports, there occurred a setting up of the country’s first geopark at Lamheta village on the banks of the Narmada river in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh. 

The eight new UNESCO Global Geoparks are:

  1. Seridó UNESCO Global Geopark, Brazil
  2. Southern Canyons Pathways UNESCO Global Geopark, Brazil
  3. Salpausselkä UNESCO Global Geopark, Finland
  4. Ries UNESCO Global Geopark, Germany
  5. Kefalonia-Ithaca UNESCO Global Geopark, Greece
  6. Mëllerdall UNESCO Global Geopark, Luxembourg
  7. Buzău Land UNESCO Global Geopark, Romania
  8. Platåbergens UNESCO Global Geopark, Sweden