Global Network of National Geoparks

Outcomes of the 2nd International Conference on Geoparks

Published :October 14, 2006

Conference Declaration

  320 participants attended the Geoparks 2006 Conference coming from 40 countries and 6 continents. After 3 days of discussions, positive exchange of experiences and ideas on Geopark development worldwide we want to emphasise the needs for the future development of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN):

  1. Reaffirm the Geopark concept which refers to a holistic approach to the identity of the territory including earth heritage and all other aspects of natural and cultural heritage both tangible and intangible.

  2. Reaffirm the continuing integration of earth heritage protection and promotion for the sustainable development of local communities under the Geopark label.
  3. In response to the expansion of the GGN, to emphasise the responsibility of all Geopark participants to create a new kind of territory for the 21st Century in terms of concept, management and equipment.

  4. Strengthen the cooperation and understanding among Geopark members creating new possibilities of partnerships and synergies especially by actively contributing to international and regional conferences, thematic workshops, courses etc.
  5. Based on the results of this conference to develop a new coherent strategy for the operation and expansion of the GGN worldwide, especially encouraging the formation of Regional Geopark Networks using the European Geoparks Network as a model.
  6. Commit to work with World Heritage Sites in order to explore areas of mutual cooperation and to have coherence in the GGN strategy.
  7. GGN members commit to assist aspiring Geoparks to develop their own territory producing an appropriate model that reflects their own unique set of conditions.
  8. Explore new areas of mutual cooperation between the GGN and other International organisations as and when appropriate.
  9. Work together to promote the heritage of our planet provided by the unique opportunity of the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE).

Belfast, 21st September 2006