Global Network of National Geoparks

International Forum on Geoparks: Interpretation and SD

Published :April 20, 2007

| October 11-14, 2007 | Yuntaishan World Geopark,China

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General Information

  The Forum's Organizing Committee is sincerely inviting you to participate in the International Forum on Geoparks: Interpretation and Sustainable Development that will be held in Yuntaishan World Geopark, Henan Province, China, October 11-14, 2007. This is the first conference on Interpretation in China.


Forum Themes

  To promote the research about interpretaion and sustainable development in Geoparks , to share information and experiences on Interpretation system and sustainable development of Geoparks ; to identify major challenges about interpretation and sustainable development that Geoparks are facing and ways to overcome such challenges; to facilitate communication and networking among geographers and educators about Geoparks;  to raise public awareness on interpretation and sustainable development in Geoparks.



 Yuntaishan World Geopark , Henan Province , China



 The working language of the forum is English. Simultaneous English-Chinese translation will be available for the opening session.


Important Dates

Paper submissions due: May 30, 2007
Final paper deadline: June 30, 2007
Abstract deadline: June 30, 2007
Meeting: October 11-16, 2007


Invited Participants:

Executive Members of IGU

Representatives of Geoparks

Representatives of National Parks in U.S.A, Germany, U.K etc.

Representatives of United Nations University

Representatives of National Association for Interpretation (NAI)

Experts on Interpretation and regional sustainable development in the world

UN agencies including UNESCO , UNEP etc.

Executive members of Geopark Task Force of IGU

Representatives of national and selected local governments in China

Relevant Media etc.


Co-organized by:

Beijing Normal University

Yuntaishan World Geopark Management Committee

University of Missouri-St.Louis (UMSL)


Supported by:

International Geographical Union (IGU)

Xiuwu County Government

Jiaozuo City Government

China Society of Geography

UNESCO Beijing Office

National Association for Interpretation(NAI)