The Global Geoparks Network (GGN) is a non-profit, non-governmental association officially established in 2014 under French law. GGN is the official UNESCO partner organisation for the management and operation of the UNESCO Global Geoparks.
Initially created in 2004 as an international association developed under the auspices of UNESCO, it serves to develop models of good practice and establish quality standards for territories that integrate the protection and preservation of Earth heritage sites into a regional strategy for sustainable development.
This network is a platform for cooperation between Geoparks, government agencies, NGOs, scientists and communities from every country in the world, in a single partnership operating in accordance with UNESCO regulations.
The main mission is to promote the conservation, integrity and diversity of the abiotic and biotic nature, in a strategy that gives value to the unique heritage and identity of the territory as a whole. It provides support, develops quality standards and models of good practice for these territories that have chosen to integrate the preservation of geological heritage into a regional strategy of sustainable economic development.
The Global Network encourages networking and cooperation with other Geoparks and actors in the territory at all levels as one of its main distinctive features.
Photo below and cover photo: southern Europe: the Pyrenees and the Alps | NASA
Cover photo: southern Europe: the Pyrenees and the Alps | NASA