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International Geographical Union---Commission on Geoparks

(IGU-CoG)

Since 2000, geographers and geologists have met on several occasions to discuss the pertinence of an interdisciplinary perspective on Geoparks, linking geo-conservation with endogenous local development. The latter has been one of the topics seriously undertaken by geographers during the last decades. The geographical perspective on Geoparks includes integrating landscape as its main concept; requires a holistic approach and trans-disciplinary research to promote multicultural participatory bridges, and links local knowledge and practice into the research-development agenda. It encourages solid scientific inter-union linkages and focuses on establishing Geoparks in the world. It also promotes the research relations in the world and the exchanges in developing countries and developed countries.

At the year of 2004, the IGU Executive Committee decided to launch the Geopark Task Force on 30th IGC, an initiative that could bring a geographical perspective to a developed UNESCO program for the management and protection of the natural and cultural heritage. It became Commission on Geoparks in 2008 on 31st IGC because its continuous efforts for the development of Geoparks.

In the last five years, IGU-CoG focused on the development of comparative studies on Geoparks, tourism and corresponding social, economic, environmental and political change and concentrated on the communication and transfer of research results in policy relevant terms to policy makers and industry as well as continuing the scientific publishing programme of the Commission. The Commission seeks to continue its activities as outlined in relation to its existing objectives.