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Global and Japanese Geoparks

A geopark is a type of natural park, and it highlights geological heritage, from which we can learn about activities of the Earth such as land formation, geology and topography. It also includes and highlights sites of nature, archaeological, ecological, and cultural value. Linking geoheritage to the lives of people and wildlife, history and industries, and natural disaster prevention, the initiative offers educational opportunities and promotes regional development in a holistic manner. Global Geoparks have been supported by UNESCO since 2004 and became “UNESCO Global Geoparks” in November 2015.
Three main purposes of Geoparks
   1. Protection of geological heritage
   2. Popularization of education and science utilizing geological heritage
   3. Promotion of sightseeing and geo-tourism utilizing geological heritage

Japanese Geoparks Network (JGN) was established in 2009 to support regional activities related to promotion of geoparks. In JGN there are regular members certified as Japanese Geoparks and associate members trying to be certified as such. They are actively working on promoting Geoparks not only in Japan but also to the world.

Global Geoparks are located in 33 countries and 120 regions, mainly in Europe and China. In Japan, 8 areas are designated as UNESCO Global Geoparks. 35 other areas including the Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark are actively raising public awareness as Japanese Geoparks.(As of September 9,2016).

Japanese Geoparks

While world heritage places much value on protection and conservation under the treaties, Geoparks put emphasis on protection and conservation as well as utilization, such as popularization of education and science, and local development. We emphasize both protection and utilization. It is different from world heritage, which aims to mainly at protection. In this point these two are different. Geoparks are expected to further culture and environment while protecting and preserving heritage by revitalization of communities and development of local economy through human activities, such as geo-tourism.

  Global Geoparks World Heritage Sites
Object Excellent heritage of earth (matter)
Excellent activities (people)
Value(matter) as being unique in the world
Purpose Protection and utilization (popularization of education and science, and local development) Protection
Judgment Re-examination once every four year One time
Relationship with UNESCO UNESCO's program World Heritage Treaty