UNESCO Global Geoparks programme

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is establishing a UNESCO Global Geoparks programme in New Zealand. UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

Activities that can be considered typical of a Geopark are mostly geotourism or educational-based. These include:

  • school programmes
  • guided walks
  • museum exhibitions
  • geological heritage protection and promotional activities
  • socio-economic activities to encourage sustainable regional development.

Geoparks adopt a holistic approach to their heritage and promote all aspects of their region’s natural and cultural heritage.

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