Representatives of 13 geoparks in China and Japan are participating in the Workshop for Geopark Managers from March 25 to 28 to exchange ideas and share their experience on the management of geoparks.
The workshop marks the first initiative of the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China (Hong Kong Geopark) in bringing together geopark managers from the region with the aim of enhancing geopark management and strengthening the geopark network. A wide range of activities including seminars, discussions, an e-classroom, role-play and visits to local geopark facilities have been prepared for the participants. Two global geopark experts and assessors, Dr Marie-Luise Frey and Ms Sylvie Giraud, were invited to Hong Kong to talk about best practice, quality standards and integration of the geological heritage into strategies for regional sustainable economic development.
The Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, Mr Alan Wong, addressed participants this afternoon (March 26) on Hong Kong's objectives, achievements and contribution as a member of the Global Geoparks Network. "To ensure Hong Kong Geopark's continued eligibility as a global geopark, we have been focusing on eight key areas, namely management, science popularisation, school education, visitor centres, global networking, exchange and sharing, website and social media promotion and the development of an accredited geopark guide system," he said.
"It is through networking activities like this workshop that we can learn from each other and enhance the quality and impact of our work for the betterment of the geopark movement," Mr Wong added.
In addition to today's workshop, the participants will also visit the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Geopark Hub and the High Island Geo Trail tomorrow to learn more about geopark management and education as well as local engagement programmes.