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International Ιntensive Course on Geoparks 2017
“UNESCO Global Geoparks and Geotourism Development”

June 12-22, 2017, Lesvos island – Greece




UNESCO, the University of the Aegean – Department of Geography, the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest and the Global Geoparks Network are co-organizing the International  Intensive Course on Geoparks 2017 “UNESCO Global Geoparks and Geotourism Development”, in Lesvos island, North Aegean Region, Greece, one of the first UNESCO Global Geoparks in the world, from June 12th to 22nd June, 2017.

The Intensive Course on Geoparks 2017 aims to focus on the UNESCO Global Geoparks contribution on shared and sustainable outcomes related to tourism – tying sustainability together with community pride and benefit, economic development and new employment as well as geological, natural and cultural heritage conservation.

UNESCO Global Geoparks – the innovative sustainable tourism destinations, through broad stakeholder engagement, celebrating the goals of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017, provide a global platform of cooperation for geotourism development supporting local communities cohesion and development world-wide.

Through the Intensive Course on Geoparks 2017, the annual capacity building activity of the Global Geoparks Network, attendees will have the opportunity to widen their knowledge and expertise on UNESCO Global Geoparks and Geotourism, to cooperate with different disciplines and countries.

The Intensive Course on Geoparks 2017 comprises of theoretical background together with extensive fieldwork.

The main activities of the Course include:

  • pre-lectures activities which will take place through e-class and distribution of the latest documents regarding Geoparks and Geotourism,
  • 10 days – 80 hours ‘hands on programme’ distributed as following: 40 hours lectures by top UNESCO and Global Geoparks Network experts, as well as specialists in Geotourism development in theory and practice and 40 hours field training and activities.
  • an Activity Report, long distance assisted work, which shall take place after the end of the course.

The course is open to Geopark staff members, geoscientists, local development professionals and students involved in geo-education in relation with geo-conservation, popularization of Earth sciences, geopark management, geotourism and sustainable development of rural areas.

Those who are interested in participating in the course are invited to submit the respective application form accompanied by a short CV and an abstract (one page) of their presentation, which they will present during the Course.

ECTS Credits
Participants will gain 5 ECTS credits after successful completion of the Intensive course on Geoparks.

Application deadline: April 30th, 2017