The Global Geoparks Network is our common workplace; a huge family made up of 169 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 44 countries. They are the pieces of a puzzle that grows every year and that little by little shows the history of the Earth as you had never known it before. Great mountains, active volcanoes, glaciers, immeasurable deserts or stunning cliffs are just some of the attractions that form this extraordinary and diverse collection of destinations where the Earth and its inhabitants are the protagonists.
The first steps to form the network took place in the year 2000. The Petrified Forest of Lesbos (Greece), the area of ancient volcanoes of Vulkaneifel (Germany), the pre-alpine reliefs of the Haute Provence (France) and the Cultural Park of Maestrazgo (Spain) met in the municipality of Molinos, Teruel, to formalize the birth of the European Geoparks Network (EGN), a novel concept that proposed to use the geological heritage for the development of local communities. Science, education, conservation and geotourism became a tool to boost the identity and the economic activity of the territories.
Nobody imagined in the year 2000 that this network would be today one of the most successful international cooperation programs of recent decades. That good idea was adding allies and in 2004 it already had 21 geoparks distributed in 9 countries, including China. On this base, the GLOBAL GEOPARKS NETWORK (GGN) was founded, a non-profit association whose main objective is the interconnection of its partners as a key tool for the improvement of each one of them. The GGN, its regional networks and its national forums organize several meetings and congresses every year where participation is mandatory. Each geopark participate in different work groups that aim to shed light on key issues such as education, communication or geological risks. Together we add experiences and learn to manage our territories in a more intelligent way. Together we make up a destination that is increasingly attractive and constantly improving.
Welcome to the GLOBAL GEOPARKS NETWORK!