The Global Geoparks Network is a legally constituted non-for-profit global organisation that provides a platform for cooperation between Geoparks. It brings together government agencies, NGOs, scientists and communities around the world in a unique worldwide partnership and operates under the regulations of UNESCO. The network comprises all regions of the world and brings together groups that share common values, interests or funds after a process of conception and specific management. It is used to develop models of good practice and quality standards set for the territories that integrate the conservation of geological heritage in a strategy for sustainable regional economic development.
The Global Geoparks Network provides a platform for cooperation and exchanges between experts and professionals in the field of geological heritage worldwide. Under the umbrella of UNESCO and through cooperation with partners of the Global Network, geological areas of interest have been gaining recognition worldwide and local communities obtain benefits through the exchange of knowledge and experiences with other Geoparks.
The Global Network of National Geoparks operates in close synergy with other figures from UNESCO, such as World Heritage Sites (WHS) and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (MAB Programme), national and international non-governmental organizations working in geological heritage conservation.
UNESCO has established a privileged partnership with the European Geoparks Network (EGN). As a result, the EGN acts as the regional division of GGN in Europe. UNESCO recommends the creation of similar regional networks which reflects local conditions in other parts of the world.
The collaboration among Geoparks is an important component of The Global Network of National Geoparks. UNESCO encourages all forms of cooperation, especially in the fields of education, management, tourism, sustainable development and regional planning among members of the Network.
In 2018 the Global Network includes 140 Geoparks in 38 state members. You can check the information of the Global Georparks Network in the following link.