1st REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE GEOPARK MANAGEMENT 2015
Venue: Langkawi Global Geopark, Malaysia
Date: 7th – 11th March 2015
The concept of Sustainable Development championed by the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) is proven to be one of the most successful models in sustainable regional development. The increasing number of applications enrolling for GGN membership is the solid evidence of the acceptance of the concept. Tailing form the increasing number of Global Geoparks, there is a need to ensure that the true GGN concept of sustainable development is cascaded down to the geopark managers/administrators. This certainly will increase sustainability of a Geopark, but this is a huge task for Geopark managers. In order to achieve this noble goal having a Sustainable Geopark Management is crucial. The vast differences in the developmental status of GGN members between the European and the Asia Pacific geoparks may lead to different issues and challenges that required specific attentions. Hence, there is a pressing need to connect all the Geopark Managers in this region to share their experience, challenges, and best practices in steering their respective Geoparks towards achieving sustainable development goal visioned by the Geopark Concept.
The objectives of the regional workshop are:
The course is open to Geopark staff members (priority is given to the Asia Pacific Geoparks) working on Geopark, geotourism, geosite, management and landscape topics, as well as to aspiring geopark in Asia Pacific region.
Those who are interested in participating in the workshop are invited to send an Registration Form accompanied by a short CV and an abstract of their presentation on Geopark action plan, best practices and programs, which they will present during the workshop.
Duration and Tentative Programmes
The proposed duration for the workshop is five days. This workshop will cover five fundamental aspects of Sustainable Geopark Management; i.e GGN Concept, Geopark Management, Research & Conservation, Public Awareness, Education & Community Engagement and Sustainable Resource Management.
The contents of the workshop will be delivered through lectures by GGN Experts, sharing, discussion and presentation during workshop and field discussion. The field trip will be organized along the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park trails where participants will be able to visit and study the infrastructure and development of the Langkawi Global Geopark.
For the fieldtrip, participants are adviced to prepare for suitable fieldwork attire. Participants are required to prepare presentation on their country case study for sharing and promoting best practices in various aspects of geopark management.
Advisor: Prof Emeritus Dato’ Dr Ibrahim Komoo
Coordinator: Prof Dr Mohd Shafeea Leman
Keynote Speakers :
Website : asiapacificsgeopark.org