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Consequent upon the situation emerging out of spread of COVID-19 the organizers have decided to delay the International Intensive Course on Geoparks 2020 to a later date.

Updated information will be available soon.

International Intensive Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks

UNESCO Global Geoparks and Sustainability
DATE: postponed

International Intensive Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks

UNESCO Global Geoparks and Sustainability

Lesvos Island – Greece

DATE: postponed




  • UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector
  • Global Geoparks Network



Registration deadline: April 30th, 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 1st to 10th June, 2020.

The Intensive Course on Geoparks 2020 will focus on UNESCO Global Geoparks delivery and integration of sustain development to enhance contributions toward meeting the United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also known as the Global Goals, and were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The 17 SDGs are integrated and it is recognized, that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. To achieve the SDGs
by 2030 there is a need to work in partnership with government, the private sector, civil society and the local community to ensure that we protect and develop a better planet for future generations.

UNESCO Global Geoparks have been working towards meeting these challenges.

The scope of this undertaking may seem immense, however the International Intensive Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks provides the opportunity to explore the SDGs and learn from UNESCO Global Geoparks best practice, focusing and successful activities and possibilities to contribute to the Global Goals.

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.

Participants will gain the knowledge and expertise to implement new initiatives within their organizations to meet the SDGs, and will be signposted to the resources and case studies to inform successful action.

The Intensive Course on Geoparks 2020 will combine theoretical background with extensive fieldwork.

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 5 ECTS credits after successful completion of the Intensive course on Geoparks.

Application deadline: April 30th, 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

Information on the Course

Language:                        English

Participation:                  30 – 40 Geoparks staff members, PhD and Master students and graduates.

Venue:                              Silver Bay Hotel, Mytilene

University of the Aegean – Faculty of Geography, Mytilini

Natural History Museum of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos, Sigri

Access: All participants will be welcomed at Mytilini airport or port.

Transportation from Mytilini airport and Mytilini port to the Course and the hotel by coaches will be arranged

The course is taught in English. The program includes lectures, workshops, in-course presentations, field work, group work and a final participant presentation.

The Intensive Course is framed by social events and possibilities of enjoying the gorgeous physical and cultural landscape of Lesvos Geopark, combining excellent learning and recreation opportunities.


Target Groups

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.


Teaching methods

The Intensive Course on Geoparks 2020 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 building and Earth Heritage Management,
  • 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 Earth heritage management 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.

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


Registration fee 500€ including:

  • lessons by International staff,
  • books, didactic material, materials for the conservation workshops,
  • 4 field trips during the course,
  • lunch during the course (10 lunch coupons),
  • welcome dinner and dinners  during field trips (5 dinner coupons),
  • coffee breaks (20 coffee break coupons),
  • Museum and archaeological sites entrance fee
  • participation at social events,
  • transportation from Mytilini airport to the Course Hotel and vise versa upon arrival and departure).

It is strongly advised to contact the secretariat for information concerning your accommodation.

Please fill in the form below:

Surname (required)

First Name (required)



Date of Birth

Current status (e.g. postgraduate student, graduate, or specific job title)

Education level achieved

Please specify the area of studies

Address & Number

Postcode Country

Telephone Number

Mobile Number

Do you require an invitation letter

Passport Number(for the invitation letter)

Your Email (required)

Geopark / Aspiring Geopark (if applicable)

Brief CV (filesize limit:7Mb | acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx)

Paper Submission (filesize limit:7Mb | acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx)

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 :

Transportation - Accomodation


Arrival by air: Odyseas Elytis International Airport of Lesvos Island (airport code MJT) has several daily connections to Athens and Thessaloniki.

Charter flights from the UK, Germany and other countries can be also used.

Delegates are strongly recommended to book air travel as early as possible.

Arrival by boat: Ferries to Mytilini depart from Piraeus Port.

Climate : The weather in June is usually hot. Temperatures may reach well above 25° C.


The secretariat negotiated special prices for accommodation!
These prices are valid through registration by the Intensive Course secretariat.

Booking is only possible by contacting the Intensive Course secretariat.


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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