The European Geoparks Network was established in June 2000 by four Geoparks:
- Reserve Geologique de Haute-Provence – France
- Natural History Museum of Lesvos Petrified Forest – (Island of Lesvos) Greece
- Geopark Gerolstein/Vulkaneifel – Germany and
- Maestrazgo Cultural Park – Spain
Main objective of the cooperation between Geoparks is the protection of geological heritage and the promotion of sustainable development of their territories in Europe.
The above listed Geoparks signed a convention on Lesvos Island, Greece in June 2000 declaring the creation of the European Geoparks Network. The purpose of this general designation was to share information and expertises, as well as definition of common tools.
The Network owns the “European Geopark” trademark registered within all countries in the European Community.
In April 2001 the Network signed with UNESCO (Division of Earth Sciences) an official agreement of collaboration placing the Network under the auspices of the organization.
In October 2005 the Network in the frame of the existing agreement of collaboration with UNESCO (Division of Earth Sciences) signed an official declaration (Madonie declaration) according to which the EGN is recognized as the official branch of the UNESCO – Global Geoparks Network in Europe. With this declaration UNESCO recognize that the European geoparks Network is a reference to follow for the creation of similar Continental Networks of Geoparks worldwide.
Here are some of the important and historic dates which mark the steps of the Network’s formation.
3-5 June 2000
SIGNATURE of the CONVENTION of the CREATION of the EUROPEAN GEOPARK LABEL
During a ceremony organised in Mytilene in the presence of representatives of the Greek government and the press, the representatives of the four founding territories signed the convention defining the usage of the European Geopark label, its conditions and attributes and its constitutional charter.
This highly publicized ceremony was the stimulus of the configuration of the large Network of today.
1st ANNUAL MEETING of the EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK
Maestrazgo Cultural park
During the first annual conference, organized in Molinos, Teruel, Spain it was announced the establishment of EGN and the procedure to welcome new members in the Network
20 April 2001
SIGNATURE of the CONVENTION of COOPERATION between UNESCO and the EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK
Parc Cabo de Gata (Spain)
This signing took place on the occasion of the opening ceremony of a transnational meeting on the “Management of protected natural spaces and sustainable development” organised by the Junta of Andalucia in partnership with the Regional Council of Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur in the frame of the INTERREG IIC programme.
This convention defines the basis of the partnership between the two signatories.
This convention was marked by the presence of the Andalucian Minister of the Environment and the Vice President of the Regional Counsel PACA, by Mr. Wolfgang EDER, Director of the UNESCO’s department of Earth Sciences and Mr. Henri Carbuccia, Adjoint to the mayor of Digne and President of the Réserve Géologique de Haute Provence, representative of the Network.
2nd ANNUAL MEETING of the EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK – FIRST CEREMONY for the INTEGRATION of NEW MEMBERS into the EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK (5-10-2001)
This event was organised in the newly opened Natural History Museum of the Petrified Forest in the presence of politicians and the press.
The representatives of the twelve first territories received their distinction from delegates of the Greek government.
3rd ANNUAL MEETING of the EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK
Kamptal Geopark (Austria)
Welcome of three new members. EGN has already 15 members.
4th ANNUAL MEETING of the EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK
Psiloritis Geopark (Greece)
Welcome of two new members. EGN has already 17 members.
ESTABLISHMENT of the GLOBAL GEOPARKS NETWORK
In February 2004 the UNESCO international group of experts assembled in Paris where the following items were discussed and decided: a) the establishment of a Global UNESCO Network of Geoparks b) the acceptance of the Operational Guidelines for application on the global Network. It was also decided that the existing 17 European Geoparks and 8 new Chinese Geoparks be included in the Global UNESCO Network of Geoparks.
Madonie Declaration – Cooperation agreement between UNESCO and the EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK
Madonie Geopark (Italy)
In October 2004 during the 5th European Geoparks Meeting held in Petralia Sottana, Madonie Geopark, a new agreement between the Division of Earth Sciences of UNESCO and the European Geoparks Network was officially signed. According to this agreement: ”A European territory wishing to become a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Geoparks must submit a full application dossier to the European Geoparks Network, which acts as the integration organisation into the UNESCO Network for the European continent. The Division of Earth Sciences of UNESCO recognises that the European Geoparks Network is the reference to follow for the creation of other continental networks of geoparks.”
5th ANNUAL MEETING of the EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK
Madonie Geopark (Italy)
Welcome of five new Geoparks. The EGN has already 22 members. Results of the 1stRevalidation procedure of the EGN members.
Results of the 1stRevalidation procedure of the EGN members
6th ANNUAL MEETING of the EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK
Lesvos Petrified Forest Geopark (Greece)
Welcome of four new Geoparks.
The EGN has already 25 members.
Results of the 2ndRevalidation procedure of the EGN members.
2nd International Conference on Geoparks
Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Welcome of six new Geoparks.
Results of the 3rd Revalidation procedure of the EGN members.
7th EUROPEAN GEOPARKS CONFERENCE
Northwest Higlands Geopark (Scotland UK)
Welcome of four new Geoparks.
- Papuk Geopark – CROATIA
- Lochaber Geopark – SCOTLAND, UK
- English Riviera Geopark – ENGLAND, UK
- Adamello – Brenta Nature Park – ITALY
Results of the 4th Revalidation procedure of the EGN members.
3rd International Conference on Geoparks
Terra Vita Geopark (Germany)
8th European Geoparks Conference
Naturtejo Geopark – PORTUGAL
Welcome of five new Geoparks
- Rocca di Cerere Geopark – ITALY
- Geo Mon Geopark – WALES
- Arouca Geopark – PORTUGAL
- Geopark Shetland – Scotland – UK
- Chelmos – Vouraikos Geopark – GREECE
4th International Conference on Geoparks
Langkawi – MALAYSIA
9th European Geoparks Conference – 10th Anniversary of EGN
Lesvos Petrified Forest Geopark – GREECE
Welcome of seven new Geoparks
- Novohrad – Nograd Geopark – HUNGARY and SLOVAKIA
- Magma Geopark – NORWAY
- Basque Coast Geopark, Pais Vasco – SPAIN
- Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano, Campania – ITALY
- Rokua Geopark – FINLAND
- Tuscan Mining Park, Toscana – ITALY
- Vikos – Aoos Geopark – GREECE
10th European Geoparks Conference
Gea Norvegica – Norway
Welcome of seven new Geoparks
- Muskau Arch Geopark – Germany/Poland
- Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park, Andalucia – Spain
- Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark – Republic of Ireland
- Katla Geopark – Iceland
- Massif du Bauges Geopark – France
- Apuan Alps Geopark – Italy
- Villuercaas-Ibores-Jara Geopark – Spain
5th International Conference on Geoparks
Unzen Volcanic Area – Shimabara – Japan
11th European Geoparks Conference
Arouca Geopark – Portugal
Welcome of four new Geoparks
- Carnic Alps Geopark – Austria
- Chablais Geopark – France
- Central Catalunya Geopark – Spain
- Bakony-Balaton Geopark – Hungary
31st European Geoparks Meeting
UNESCO – Paris
- Azores Geopark – Portugal
- Karavanke/Karawanken – Slovenia & Austria
32nd European Geoparks Meeting
12th European Geoparks Conference 2013
Cilento e Vallo di Diano, Italy
- Idria Geopark – Slovenia
- Hondsrug Geopark – Netherlands
- Sesia – Val Grande Geopark – Italy
- Kula Geopark – Turkey
33rd European Geoparks Meeting
Place: Sobrarbe Geopark, Spain
- Molina Alto Tajo – Spain
34th European Geoparks Meeting
Place: Geopark Harz Braunschweiger Land Ostfalen, GERMANY
- El Hierro – Spain
- Monts d’Ardèche – France
- Ertz der Alpen – Austria
- Odsherred – Denmark
- Terras de Cavaleiros – Portugal
35th European Geoparks Meeting
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
The EGN CC decides that the EGN will continue operating as the Regional Network of the Global Geoparks Network in Europe and approves the EGN Rules of Operation.
- Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands Geopark – Spain
36th European Geoparks Meeting
13th European Geoparks Conference 2015
Rokua Geopark, Finnland
The EGN CC approves the statutes of the Global Geoparks Network to become an International Association.
- Reykjanes Geopark – Iceland
- Pollino Geopark – Italy
- Sitia Geopark – Greece
- Troodos Geopark – Cyprus
38th UNESCO General Conference
The UNESCO General Conference approves the IGGP Statutes and the UNESCO Global Geoparks Operational Guidelines.
A new era starts for the GGN and EGN!
37th European Geoparks Meeting
Basque Coast UNESCO Global Geopark, Pais Vasco, Spain
38th European Geoparks Meeting
7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks
English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark, UK
39th European Geoparks Meeting
Buren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark, Ireland
UNESCO Executive Board endorses the new UNESCO Global Geoparks Members.
Among them 2 new UNESCO Global Geoparks in Europe
- Causses du Quercy, France
- Las Loras, Spain
40th European Geoparks Meeting
14th European Geoparks Conference 2017
Azores UNESCO Global Geopark, Portugal