On the surface it is easy to see why this comment has been made.
Northern Ireland does not have legislation for National Parks. For those in England & Wales there are 2 statutory principles;
• to conserve & enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area; and
• to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the parks’ special qualities by the public.
• Under the Sandford Principle – CONSERVATION ALWAYS COMES FIRST.
There are 8 criteria for UNESCO Global Geoparks. All of EQUAL weight;
• Unified geographical area; management body of legal existence; use heritage to promote key societal issues; justify overlap with other UNESCO designations (of applicable); involve local communities; share experience with GGN; protect geological heritage; checklist criteria.