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Distribution of the World Geopark

          Through networking activities and experience sharing, the purpose of GGN is to help members promote the benefits and significance of geoparks. Workshops, study groups and conferences provide the geopark members with the opportunity to promote the concept of geoparks. For example, by sharing geo-tourism management in geoparks, better practices for environmental conservation can be achieved. With sharing like this, not only can we learn from experiences but we can share the ways to improve individual problems of various geoparks.

     With regular global conferences and sharing and interaction, GGN provides a platform for geopark experts, professionals and community members, to make public the important geology, landscapes and environment of each geopark, to exchange experiences and knowledge among geoparks, and to better the local economy. 

        GGN makes possible the implementation of protection policies for geological heritage and creates a local geo-related economy that aims to provide sustainable livlihoods to local residents. The means include geo-tourism, geo-products and socio-cultural activities to make local communities even more sustainable. In May 2023, the UNESCO’s Executive Board approved the designation of 18 new sites demonstrating the diversity of the planet’s geology as new Geoparks. The Executive Board also approved the extension of an existing Geopark. With this year’s additions, the number of sites in the Global UNESCO Geoparks Network is brought to 195 in 48 countries.
Members of Global Geoparks Network (2023) 
China41 Austria2 Belgium1
Brazil5 Canada5 Chile1
Croatia2 Cyprus1 Czech Republic1
Denmark2 Ecuador1 Finland4
France7 Germany7 Greece8
Hungary1 Iceland2 Indonesia10
Iran3 Republic of Ireland2 Italy11
Japan10 Malaysia2 Mexico2
Morocco1 Netherlands1 Nicaragua1
Norway4 Peru1 Poland1
Portugal5 Korea5 Romania2
Russian Federation1 Serbia1 Slovenia1
Spain16 Tanzania 1 Thailand2
Turkey1 United Kingdom8 Uruguay1
Vietnam3 Slovenia - Austria1 Germany/Poland1
Slovakia-Hungary1 Ireland, Republic of / 
Northern Ireland
Luxembourg1  New Zealand1 Philippines1

Source:List of UNESCO Global Geoparks and Regional Networks | UNESCO