European and Global Geoparks Network

The European Geoparks Network (EGN) is a voluntary association of territories that are committed to developing a common specific methodology and management practices to promote and care for the natural and cultural values of their environment and heritage, focusing in particular on geological heritage.

Geoparks offer a fourth dimension to the cultural, natural and physical space: the dimension of geological time and history of the Earth. Therefore, this represents a new initiative in terms of a model for managing a territory and all aspects related to enhancing its value as a new resource. The European Geoparks Charter includes the overall objectives of the Network and was officially accepted on 5 June 2000 on the Greek island of Lesvos and was signed by the four founding members of the Geoparks Network.Every territory wishing to become a European Geopark is obligated to accept this Charter.

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1. Réserve Géologique de Haute Provence – FRANCE

2. Vulkaneifel European Geopark – GERMANY

3. Petrified Forest of Lesvos – GREECE

4. Maestrazgo Cultural Park – Aragon, SPAIN

5. Psiloritis Nature Park – GREECE

6. Terra.Vita Nature Park – GERMANY

7. Copper Coast Geopark– IRELAND

8. Marble Arch Caves European Geopark– NORTHERN IRELAND, UK

9. Madonie Geopark – ITALY

10. Rocca di Cerere - ITALY

11. Nature Park Steirische Eisenwurzen – AUSTRIA

12. Nature Park Bergstrasse Odenwald – GERMANY

13. North Pennines AONB – ENGLAND, UK

14. Park Naturel Régional du Luberon – FRANCE

15. North West Highlands – SCOTLAND, UK

16. Geopark Swabian Albs – GERMANY

17. Geopark Harz. Braunschweiger Land. Ostfalen – GERMANY 

18. Hateg Country Dinosaurs Geopark – ROMANIA

19. Beigua Geopark - ITALY

20. Fforest Fawr Geopark – WALES, UK

21. Bohemian Paradise Geopark – CZECH REPUBLIC

22. Cabo de Gata – Nijar Nature Park – Andalucia, SPAIN

23. Naturtejo Geopark – PORTUGAL

24. Sierras Subbeticas Nature Park – Andalucia, SPAIN

25. Sobrarbe Geopark – Aragon, SPAIN

26. Gea Norvegica – NORWAY

27. Geological, Mining Park of Sardinia – ITALY

28. Papuk Geopark - CROATIA

29. English Riviera Geopark – ENGLAND, UK

30. Adamello – Brenta Nature Park – ITALY

31. Geo Mon – WALES, UK

32. Arouca Geopark – PORTUGAL

33. Shetlands – SCOTLAND, UK

34. Chelmos Vouraikos – GREECE

35. Novohrad - Nograd Geopark - HUNGARY and SLOVAKIA

36. Magma Geopark – NORWAY

37. Basque Coast Geopark, Pais Vasco - SPAIN

38. Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano, Campania - ITALY

39. Rokua Geopark - FINLAND

40. Tuscan Mining Park - ITALY 

41. Vikos – Aoos Geopark - GREECE

42. Muskau Arch Geopark - GERMANY/POLAND

43. Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park, Andalucia - SPAIN

44. Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark - REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

45. Katla Geopark - ICELAND

46. Massif du Bauges Geopark - FRANCE

47. Apuan Alps Geopark - ITALY

48. Villuercaas-Ibores-Jara Geopark – SPAIN

49. Carnic Alps Geopark – AUSTRIA

50. Chablais Geopark – FRANCE

51. Central Catalunya Geopark – SPAIN

52. Bakony-Balaton Geopark – HUNGARY

53. Azores Geopark – PORTUGAL

54. Karavanke/Karawanken - SLOVENIA & AUSTRIA

55. Idria Geopark – SLOVENIA

56. Hondsrug Geopark – NETHERLANDS

57. Sesia – Val Grande Geopark – ITALY

58. Kula Geopark - TURKEY

59. Molina and Alto Tajo Geopark - SPAIN

60. El Hierro Geopark - SPAIN

61. Monts d'Ardèche- FRANCE

62. Erz der Alpen - AUSTRIA

63. Odsherred Geopark - DENMARK

64. Terras de Cavaleiros Geopark - PORTUGAL

65. Lanzarote and Chinijo Island Geopark - SPAIN

66. Reykjanes Global Geopark - ICELAND

67. Geopark of Pollino - ITALY

68. Sitia Geopark - GREECE

69. Troodos Geopark - CYPRUS


Charter of the European Network of Geoparks

The Charter of the European Network of Geoparks covers the general aims of the Network and was officially endorsed on 5 June 2000 on the Greek island of Lesbos by the four territories that set up the Network. Each territory wishing to become a European Geopark must accept this Charter:

  1. A European Geopark must have well-defined boundaries and be of a sufficient size so that true economic development can take place inside it. Each territory must comprise points of geological interest of proven significance in terms of their scientific quality, rarity, aesthetic appeal or educational value, plus other sites of archaeological, ecological, historical or cultural interest.
  2. European Geoparks are part of a network and benefit from measures to protect and manage them. Any destruction or sale of geological objects within their boundaries cannot be tolerated. The European Geopark must be managed by a well-specified structure capable of enforcing compliance with the protection, improvements and policies relating to sustainable development within its territory.
  3. A European Geopark plays an active role in the economic development of its territory with the enhancement of an overall image linked to the geological heritage and the development of responsible tourism and geotourism. A European Geopark exerts a direct impact on the territory owing to its effect on the inhabitants' living conditions and their environment. It must also encourage its inhabitants to participate actively in the revitalisation of the territory as a whole.
  4. A European Geopark develops, experiments and improves the methods designed to preserve its geological heritage.
  5. A European Geopark supports environmental education, training and the development of scientific research in the various disciplines within Earth Sciences, the improvement of the natural environment and sustainable development policies.
  6. A European Geopark must work to further the building and cohesion of the Network. It works with local enterprises to promote and support the creation of new products linked to the geological heritage in a spirit of complementarity with the other European members of the Network of Geoparks.