Presentation of the Global Geoparks Network and the new Book of the Spanish UNESCO Global Geoparks in FITUR Madrid

On Thursday 19th January 2017, the Spanish UNESCO Global Geoparks Event took place at the Stand of Extremadura in FITUR which was full of a broad audience including Spanish Regional Authorities, the Spanish UNESCO Global Geopark representatives, Tourism companies and Regional media.

The Councilor of Economy and Infrastructure of Extremadura José Luis Navarro hosted the Event. Present were the Councilor of the Environment of Extremadura and Ms Charo Cordero the President of the Villuercas Ibores Jara UNESCO Global Geopark who was responsible for the event organization.

The Minister of Tourism of the Regional Government of Andalucía Mr Francisco Javier Fernández Hernández attended the event. The representatives of the Spanish UNESCO Global Geoparks and the Naturtejo UNESCO Global Geopark from Portugal were also present.Ángel García Cortés, President of the Comité Nacional Español Geoparques Mundiales UNESCO, made an introduction and presented the programme and the lectures at the event.

In the first part the GGN President Prof. N. Zouros gave a presentation on the Global Geoparks and the resent UNESCO recognition. The GGN presentation entitled “Global Geoparks Network – a world partnership of sustainable tourism destinations” gain much attention and interest from the participants.

In the second part Dr. Asier Hilario Orus, the Coordinator of the Spanish UNESCO Global Geoparks Forum and Mr. Javier Lopez Caballero geoscientist of the Villuercas Ibores Jara UNESCO Global Geopark made a join presentation of the new Booklet Geoparks: The most innovative destinations of sustainable tourism presenting 11 Spanish UNESCO Global Geoparks.