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What is a Geopark?

Geopark is a shared international brand for unique geological sites. The aim of Geoparks is to promote geotourism, the preservation of geological heritage, the teaching of science, as well as advancing business that is in line with sustainable development.

World's Geoparks

World's Geoparks in 2015. Background map: OpenStreetMap.

The Geopark network is administered by UNESCO. There are currently 140 Geoparks in the world and their number is growing. Finland's only UNESCO Global Geopark, which is also the most northerly in the world, is located in Rokua. In addition to us there are two other projects in Finland applying for Geopark status: Saimaa Aspiring Geopark, which submitted its application in 2017, and Salpausselkä Aspiring Geopark.

Geoparks are not conservation areas, but most of the sights, or geological sites, are protected by law either for reasons of geology or living nature or cultural heritage based on it. 

An application for UNESCO Global Geopark status will be made for the Lauhanvuori–Hämeenkangas Aspiring Geopark area in 2018.