Six of China's national geoparks joined the Global Geopark
Network on Monday at the second International Geoparks Conference
in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The six geoparks are Mount Tai Geopark in Shandong Province; Wangwu-Daimei Moutains
Geopark and Funiushan Geopark in Henan Province; Leiqiong Volcano Geopark in Guangdong and Hainan Provinces; Fangshan Geopark in Beijing
Municipality and Hebei Province and Jingpo Lake Geopark in Heilongjiang Province.
Six geoparks in other countries also gained entry including
three from Spain and one each from Norway, Portugal and Brazil.
Jiang Jianjun, director of the geological environment department
under China's Ministry of Land and Resources, attended the
conference as head of the Chinese delegation.
Before the conference UNESCO awarded certificates to
representatives from the previous group of global geoparks
including four in China -- Yandangshan Geopark in Zhejiang Province; Keshiketeng Geopark in the
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region; Xingwen
Geopark in Sichuan Province and Taining Geopark in Fujian Province.
UNESCO announced the establishment of the Global Geopark Network
in April 2004. Twenty-five National Geoparks (17 European and eight
Chinese) were evaluated and became members of the first group of
UNESCO Global Geoparks.
China's first eight are Huangshan Geopark in Anhui Province; Lushan Geopark in Jiangxi Province; Yuntaishan and Songshan
Geoparks in Henan Province; Shilin Stone Forest Geopark in Yunnan Province; Danxiashan Geopark in
Guangdong Province; Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest Geopark in Hunan Province and Wudalianchi Geopark in
According to UNESCO a geopark is a territory with outstanding
geological interest as well as archaeological, ecological or
cultural value where there are considerable local efforts being
made to preserve and enhance the heritage.
Mount Tai Geopark
Wangwu-Daimei Moutains Geopark
Leiqiong Volcano Geopark
Jingpo Lake Geopark
(China Daily September 20, 2006)