Global Geoparks Network (GGN) is a non-profit International Association, the official partner of UNESCO for the operation of the UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Initially founded in 2004 as an international partnership developed under the umbrella of UNESCO, GGN develops models of best practice and set quality-standards for territories that integrate the protection preservation of Earth heritage sites in a strategy for regional sustainable economic development.

Our mission

The objectives of the Global Geoparks Network are:

  • to promote the equitable geographical establishment, development and professional management of Global Geoparks,

  • to advance knowledge and understanding of the nature, function and role of Global Geoparks;

  • to assist local communities to value their natural and cultural heritage;

  • to preserve Earth heritage for present and future generations;

  • to educate and teach the broad public about issues in geo-sciences and their relation with environmental matters and natural hazards.

  • to ensure sustainable socio-economic and cultural development based on the natural (or geological) system

  • to foster multi-cultural links between heritage and conservation and the maintenance of geological and cultural diversity, using participatory schemes of partnership and management;

  • to stimulate research when appropriate;

  • to promote joint initiatives between Global Geoparks (e.g. communication, publications, exchange of information, twinning).