UNESCO Global Geoparks – UPSC Prelims

  • These are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.
  • These are managed by a body having legal existence recognized under national legislation.
  • It needs to be noted that UNESCO Global Geopark status does not imply restrictions on any economic activity inside a UNESCO Global Geopark where that activity complies with indigenous, local, regional and/or national legislation.
  • Geoparks are sustained through geo tourism activities like excursions, nature trails, guided tours, hiking and academic meets.
  • A UNESCO Global Geopark is given this designation for a period of four years after which the functioning and quality of each UNESCO Global Geopark is thoroughly re-examined during a revalidation process.
  • India does not have any UNESCO Global Geoparks yet.

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