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Digital Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks

UNESCO Global Geoparks

Territories of Resilience 

10 – 26 June 2020




  • UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector
  • Global Geoparks Network

Registration deadline: June 5th, 2020


UNESCO and the Global Geoparks Network are co-organizing the 12th session of the International Intensive Course on Geoparks 2020 “UNESCO Global Geoparks and Sustainability”. 

The Course is hosted and delivered by the University of the Aegean – Department of Geography and the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest at Lesvos Island UNESCO Global Geopark, North Aegean Region, Greece, one of the first Global Geoparks in the world.

The Course will take place from 10th to 26th June, 2020 through digital platform.

Lectures will be held daily from 7.00 – 12.00 GMT.

For the participants from countries with significant time difference the organizing committee will provide the opportunity to follow the presentations, the same day through a recorded video.

The Intensive Course on Geoparks 2020 will focus on UNESCO Global Geoparks as Territories of Resilience.

Resilience is a fundamental concept already enclosed inside the whole Geopark concept and is related to any kind of environmental and humanitarian crisis: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Floods, Landslides, Volcanic eruptions, Droughts, Economic crisis, Epidemics, Terrorism, War, Refugees and of course the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Geopark Network (GGN) launched the initiative “UNESCO Global Geoparks: Territories of resilience” in April 2020.

The course provides an opportunity to discover how UNESCO Global Geoparks can make a real impact in local communities and on society as a whole during COVID-19 pandemic but also provide conceptual issues on UNESCO Global Geoparks.

If you are interested in participating please submit an application form accompanied by a short CV and an abstract (one page) of your country’s geoparks project which you will present during the Course.

ECTS Credits
Participants will gain 3 ECTS credits after successful completion of the Intensive course on Geoparks.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Application deadline: June 5th, 2020

Intensive course main topics

  • UNESCO Global Geoparks
  • Global Geoparks Network
  • Global Geopark – Evaluation and revalidation procedures
  • Aspiring Geoparks and Geopark building
  • Geoparks contributing to Sustainable Development Goals
  • Geoparks: Initiatives for conservation and protection to Sustainable Development
  • Geoparks: Geoheritage management and Sustainable Development
  • Geoparks and sustainable tourism: Examples and new opportunities
  • Global Geoparks Network Sustainable Development Goals Working
    Group: Preparing Geo-hazard mitigation strategies
  • Geoparks and Education for Sustainable Development
  • Geoparks and sustainable local development


Prof. Nickolas Zouros
University of Aegean, Greece
GGN Executive Board President, UGG Council,
Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest Director,
Lesvos UNESCO Global Geopark Coordinator


Information on the Course

The course is taught in English.


Target Groups

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


Teaching methods

The Intensive Course on Geoparks 2020 comprises of theoretical background together with workshopes.

Lectures will be given by geoparks experts and academic staff with long experience on geoparks, sustainable tourism and geoheritage management.


Registrations are now closed

Information – Secretariat

For further information all participants are kindly requested to contact


Kostantina Bentana – Dimitris Mpatsios

Course Local Secretariat – Natural history Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest

e-mail:    |    Tel- Fax: +30 22510 47033


Marie-Laure Faber

UNESCO Earth Sciences and Risk Reduction Section

e-mail :

Useful addresses

UNESCO Global Geoparks:


Lesvos Island UNESCO Global Geoapark :

University of the Aegean:

Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest:

Global Geoparks Network:

European Geoparks Network:


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