Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas that have sites and landscapes of international geological significance. They tell the story of the local landscape and land formations, and highlight the connection between local culture, living surroundings and geology. A geopark raises awareness of the importance of the area’s geological heritage and promotes local sites, products and services. The sites in a geopark are not only geologically interesting but many are also archeologically, ecologically, historically and/or culturally significant.
Some of the key objectives of geoparks include preserving a region’s natural and cultural heritage, strengthening local identity and promoting sustainable tourism. Developing education for sustainable development is important part of the work.
The work of a geopark is based on commitment by the local communities, multiple partnerships with a wide range of local actors, long-term public and political support, and networking with the national and global geopark community.