What is a Geopark?

A Geopark is a territory, which includes a particular geological heritage and a sustainable territorial development strategy supported by a European program to promote development. It has clearly defined boundaries and sufficient surface area for true territorial economic development

... with a great geological heritage
A Geopark must comprise a certain number of geological sites of particular importance in terms of their scientific quality, rarity, aesthetic appeal or educational value. The majority of sites present on the territory of a Geopark are part of the geological heritage, but their interest may also be archaeological, ecological, historical or cultural.

... a territory developing «Geotourism»...
A Geopark has an active role in the economic development of its territory through enhancement of a general image linked to the geological heritage and the development of Geotourism.

... in cooperation with its inhabitants
A Geopark has direct impact on the territory by influencing its inhabitants’ living conditions and environment. The objective is to enable the inhabitants to reappropriate the values of the territory’s heritage and actively participate in the territory’s cultural revitalization as a whole.

... an experimental territory
A Geopark develops, experiments with and enhances methods for preserving the geological heritage.

... inside a thematic network
A Geopark works within the European Geopark Network to further the network’s development and cohesion. It works with local enterprises to promote and support the creation of new by-products linked with the geological heritage in a complimentary spirit with the other European Geoparks Network members.