A UNESCO Global Geopark organizes stimulating activities within its communities, which are
related to its geological theme and encourages the promotion of local agricultural and traditional
craft products. It further develops and provides informational material on geology and nature,
printing leaflets and other material, and creates and maintains websites.
Other typical activities in a UNESCO Global Geopark include the development of walking and
cycling trails, the training of local people to act as guides, education courses and guided tours,
provision of information, interpretation and research activities, signage and the development of
modern museums and visitor centers. UNESCO Global Geoparks also work closely together with
other UNESCO Global Geoparks stimulating research, education, branding, etc.
It is a pre-requisite that all UNESCO Global Geoparks develop and operate educational activities
for all ages to spread awareness of our geological heritage and its links to other aspects of our
natural, cultural and intangible heritages. UNESCO Global Geoparks offer educational
programmes for schools or offer special activities for children through “Kids Clubs” or special
“Fossil Fun Days”. UNESCO Global Geoparks also offer education, both formal and informal, for
adults and retired people while many provide training for local people who can then, in turn, teach
Many UNESCO Global Geoparks promote awareness of geological hazards, including volcanoes,
earthquakes and tsunamis, and many help prepare disaster mitigation strategies among local
communities. Through educational activities for the local people and visitors, many UNESCO
Global Geoparks give information on the source of geological hazards and ways to reduce their
impact including disaster response strategies. These efforts build important capacity and
contribute to building more resilient communities that have the knowledge and skills to effectively
respond to potential geological hazards.
UNESCO Global Geoparks have activities to sensibilize on climate change. They hold records of
past climate change and are educators on current climate change as well as adopting a best
practice approach to utilizing renewable energy and employing the best standards of “green
tourism.” While some UNESCO Global Geoparks stimulate green growth in the region through
innovative projects, others serve as outdoor museums on the effects of current climate change
thus giving the opportunity to show visitors how climate change can affect our environment. Such
community and educational activities and projects are important in order to raise awareness on
the potential impact of climate change on the region, and to provide the local communities with
the knowledge to mitigate and adapt to the potential effects of climate change.
Geoparks are a platform for the development, nurturing and promotion of local cottage industry
and craft products. In some UNESCO Global Geoparks women’s cooperatives also provide an
opportunity for women to obtain additional income in their own area and on their own terms. They
can, for example, operate accommodation services for visitors.