Structure of the European Geoparks Network

01 Name

The European Geoparks Network (EGN) is the Regional Network in Europe of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN). The use of the EGN name, acronym and logo is restricted to functions authorized by, and for the benefit of, the EGN and its members.

02  Location of the EGN Coordination Cellule.

The EGN coordination cellule is the official contact office for the EGN.

The Coordination Cellule of the EGN is in the Haute Provence UNESCO Global Geopark at the Musée Promenade, Montée Bernard Dellacasagrande, 04000 Digne les Bains, France.

The location may be modified by a decision of the EGN Coordination Committee.

03.Categories of Membership.

The European Geoparks Network (EGN) as the Regional Network in Europe of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) includes all the GGN members located in Europe. There is no other procedure to join EGN other than the procedures to join GGN.

  1. GGN Institutional Members — UNESCO Global Geoparks located in Europe.
  2. GGN Individual Members – Global Geopark Professionals — Persons who have combined or proved professional experience in Global Geopark management (geological heritage, sustainable development, tourism development and promotion, and environmental issues)  from a European country
  3. GGN Honorary Members — Persons who have rendered exceptional services to the international Global Geopark community or to the GGN from a European country.
  4. GGN Cooperating Members — International Organizations, institutions or persons providing substantial financial or other assistance to the EGN because of an interest in Global Geoparks and international co-operation between Global Geoparks, from a European country.

    04. Annual Promotional Fee

    4.1. Amount and Payment of the Promotional Fee

    Each Institutional and Cooperating Member of the EGN shall pay an annual promotional  fee at a rate recommended by the EGN Advisory Committee and approved by the EGN Coordination Committee.

    Every year, the EGN Coordination Committee shall announce the amount of the annual membership fee for the following year.

    4.2. Period Covered by the Promotional Fee

    The annual promotional fee shall cover the calendar year in question.

    05. Members Representation

    5.1 Designated Representatives

    Institutional Members should designate two persons to represent them at the EGN Coordination Committee, one is an Earth Scientist (using a broad definition of that term) with experience in geological heritage protection and/or promotion and the other is a geopark manager (including local authority representative) or a specialist on local development / community involvement / tourism.

    Cooperating Members can designate one (1) person to represent them  at the EGN Coordination Committee

    5.2. Special Status

    Honorary and Cooperating Members are entitled to membership rights and privileges but may not hold an elected office in the EGN.

    06 - Components of the EGN

    The EGN is composed as follows:

    i. Coordination Committee
    ii. Advisory Committee
    iii Coordinator and Vice-Coordinator
    iv. National Geopark Fora / Committees
    v. Working groups – Catalysts
    vi. European Geoparks Conference
    vii. European Geopark Meetings
    viii. Affiliated Organisations
    ix. Operational Secretariat

    07 - Governance Structure

    7.1 - The Coordination Committee (CC)

    Coordination Committee Members [link]

    The Coordination Committee is the only decision making committee of the EGN, regarding regional issues.

    The CC meets regularly, at least twice a year, each time hosted in a different Geopark, to discuss the Network’s progress and to coordinate joint programmes and activities between members.

    The CC comprises the 2 official nominated representatives of each Geopark, GGN Individual members from Europe plus the representative of UNESCO, IUGS and IUCN.

    The Institutional members in EGN Coordination Committee are represented by two representatives from each European Geopark, one is an Earth Scientist (using a broad a definition of that term) with experience in geological heritage protection and/or promotion and the other is a Geopark manager or a specialist on local development / community involvement / tourism.

    During the EGN CC meetings each representative of the institutional members and each individual member has one vote
    UNESCO, IUCN and IUGS do not have voting rights in the CC.

    No individual can officially represent more than its own Geopark or Aspiring Geopark. This refers in particular to the official positions as mentioned in the Geopark Application Document.

    An official Geopark representative cannot provide private paid consultancy (by contract) to other Geoparks or Aspiring Geoparks.

    7.2 – The Advisory Committee (AC)

    The Advisory Committee is made up of specialists in sustainable development and the enhancement and promotion of geological heritage. These specialists include representatives of the zones that originally initiated the EGN plus elected members and representatives of international structures working in the area of enhancement of geological heritage (UNESCO, IUGS, IUCN). The Advisory Committee provides advice on all issues concerning strategy, external relations and the nomination and integration of new zones within the network. The AC has no decision making ability.

    The AC advises on particular topics of discussion within the network, including the admission of new members, but does not have the ability to take decisions for the network.

    Two positions within the AC are reserved for the elected Coordinators.

    Three positions within the AC are reserved for Guy Martini, Nickolas Zouros and Andreas Schüller as representatives of the founding members of the EGN in recognition of their particular experience and knowledge on Geoparks development. If one of these individuals leaves the AC, for whatever reason, their position will not automatically be transferred to another individual from their geopark but will be subject to election by the CC.

    One position in the AC is automatically reserved for UNESCO, one is reserved for IUGS and one for IUCN.

    Four (4) positions within the AC are elected by the members of the CC for a period of two years.

    The EGN CC may elect up to two special advisors from the GGN Individual Members to join EGN AC.

    Advisory Committee Members(2015-2017)

    Patrick Mac Keever UNESCO
    Marko Komac Marko.Komac@GEO-ZS.SI IUGS
    Tim Badman – IUCN
    Guy Martini – Réserve Géologique de Haute Provence FRANCE –
    Nickolas Zouros – Lesvos Geopark GREECE –
    Andreas Schueller – Vulkaneifel Geopark GERMANY –
    Luis Alcalá   – Maestrazgo Geopark SPAIN
    Maurizio Burlando – Beigua geopark – ITALY –
    Kristin Rangnes Gea Norvegica Geopark NORWAY
    Mel Border - English Riviera Geopark UK
    Artur Sa - Arouca Geopark
    Tony Ramsay – Forest fawr Geopark UK EGN magazine Editorial Board
    Marie Luise Frey WHS Mssel Pit GERMANY - External Advisor

    7.3 – Coordinator and Vice-coordinator

    The role of these positions is to coordinate the life and continuing growth of the network. The positions are elected by the CC for a period of two years. There is no limit to the number of times an individual can be re-elected to these positions.

    CO-ORDINATOR (2015 – 2017)
    Νickolas C. Zouros nzour@aegean.grLesvos island Geopark, GREECE

    VICE CO-ORDINATOR (2015 – 2017)
    Kristin Rangnes - Gea Norvegica Geopark NORWAY

    Contact  EGN Coordinators :

    08  EGN Coordination Cellule

    The EGN coordination cellule is the official contact office for the EGN. The cellule coordinates the distribution of information on the network and acts as the initial contact point for new and aspiring members.


    Haute Provence Geopark, FRANCE
    Musée Promenade, Montée Bernard Dellacasagrande, 04000 Digne les Bains, France.

    EGN Coordinators :
    EGN Coordination Cellule:
    Guy Martini:
    Ilias Valiakos:

    09 Internal Committees / Working Groups

    An Internal Committee / Working Group may be authorised by the EGN Coordination Committee to implement programmes and activities, and to serve as a channel of communication between members of the EGN with similar scientific and professional interests.