Global Geoparks Network- GGN

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The Global Geoparks Network (GGN) is a voluntary and non-profit Network of Exchange and Cooperation between National Geoparks, which is supported by UNESCO. It was created to protect, highlight and promote both the geological, natural and cultural heritage of rural areas of Europe, developing and promoting educational and geotourism activities with high quality standards. Through their participation in the Network, Geoparks have the possibility of collaboration and exchange of best practices as well as to participate together in projects and programs for the development of quality standards for all products and practices related to Geoparks.

The participation in the Network does not confer a specific legal status but is ultimately a label, a quality label. The Global Network meets every 2 years, while the European Network meets twice a year to develop and promote joint actions. Network members are evaluated every four years by Network specialists and other International Organizations to ensure high quality features in each region.

On 17 November 2015, on the anniversary of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of UNESCO, the UNESCO General Conference unanimously accepted the creation of the new program of the International Geoscience and Geoparks (“International Geoscience and Geoparks Program”), which establishes the recognition of areas under the title "UNESCO Global Geoparks".

Until today (2018), there are 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 38 countries. UNESCO's effort to promote Geoparks began in 2001. In 2004, representatives from 17 European and 8 Chinese Geoparks met at the UNESCO headquarters, in Paris, to form the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), where national geological heritage initiatives contribute to and benefit from their membership of a global network of exchange and cooperation.

The Organization supports Member States’ efforts to establish UNESCO Global Geoparks all around the world, in close collaboration with the Global Geoparks Network.

In Greece 5 Greek Geoparks have international recognition and have been declared as "UNESCO Global Geoparks".

1. Lesvos island

2. Psiloritis Natural Park

3. Vikos – Aoos National Park

4. Chelmos – Vouraikos National Park

5. Sitia Nature Park

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