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What is a Geopark?



According to the  Foro Español de Geoparques, a geopark is a territory that contains both a unique geological heritage  and a strategy de5-cc78d_de5-cc78d19 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ desarrollo  propia.  Tiene  unos  límites_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_ claramente  definidos  y  una  superficie suficiente  para_cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ que  pueda  generar  su  propio_cc781905-5cde-3 194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ desarrollo  económico.  No  es  una_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_ figura  de protección  geológica  ni  lo  pretende_cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ –aunque  desde  los  geoparques  se_cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ may  contribute  a  the protection of geological heritage–; in fact, geoparks are interested in both the quality of life of their inhabitants and their geological wealth. 


The geological, mineralogical, geophysical, geomorphological, paleontological or geographic resources, specific to each geopark, are intended to be used as a basis for the promotion of geological heritage to:

  • Promote education in geological and environmental aspects,

  • ensure sustained development based on geotourism, and

  • contribute to the protection of threatened geological sites.


El  concepto  actual  de  geoparque  integra_cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ diversas  facetas,  tanto  naturales  como culturales, para alcanzar sus objetivos de development of a territory

  • Education.

  • Geoscience research.

  • Cultural heritage that reflects regional identity, through its tangible and intangible components.

  • Communication between the geoparks themselves (“networking”) and with society.

  • Diffusion of science.


A geopark is based on its geological peculiarities, but it is not only about geology. Although a geopark must demonstrate that it contains a geological heritage of international relevance, its objectives must explore, develop and promote the relationships between its geological heritage and all other heritage aspects – whether natural, cultural or intangible – present in the area.


Un geoparque se fundamenta en sus peculiaridades geológicas, pero no sólo trata de geología. Aunque un geoparque debe demostrar que contiene un patrimonio geológico de relevancia internacional, sus objetivos deben explorar, desarrollar y promover las relaciones entre su patrimonio geológico y todos los demás aspectos patrimoniales –ya sean naturales, culturales o intangibles– presentes en la zona.

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