The Pollino hosts the 8th Workshop of the UNESCO Italian Global Geoparks

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Delegates from all over Italy arrive for a three-day conference for the UNESCO Geopark Calabro-Lucano

“In this complex territory, a place of great geologic, natural, environmental, cultural, and agri-food wonder, which was recently included in the network of protected UNESCO Geoparks, will hold its 8th Workshop of the UNESCO Italian Global Geoparks.”

It was the President, Domenico Pappaterra announcing that from July 3rd to 7th, delegates from the UNESCO World Geoparks throughout the country, members of the European and Global Geoparks Network (EGN/GGN), the network that includes 120 world Geoparks (Global Geoparks) in 33 countries, including 69 in Europe and 10 in Italy, will find themselves in the Pollino National Park for a convention of study, analysis and exchange of good practices.

Identified, mapped and characterized are 69 Geosites that fall within the protected territory. The Geosites identified were organized into homogeneous territorial systems, geologically and geographically, and correlated with other particular environmental landscape features and historic culture present in the area. An important and unique database of geo-diversity present in the Pollino National Park and its interrelation with other peculiarities of the environmental landscape of the area.

“A grand project from which now we are already collecting the first fruits,” affirms president Domenico Pappaterra. “Hosting the Italian Workshop of Geoparks – continues Pappaterra – will be an excellent opportunity to show and tell to a group of specialists in the sector and specialized press, both the mountain area with its geological and environmental features but also particular human adaptation in respect to the environmental wealth who have invested their resources on responsible tourism and agro-alimentary quality.”

In this vast area between Basilicata and Calabria, operational and technical staff have enhanced the protection of their geological, environmental and historical-cultural heritage, preparing a voluminous technical report that has been produced in collaboration with the Calabrian and Basilicatan Regional Orders and the National Order of Geologists, the ISPRA and recognized scientific experts in the sector, as well as the collaboration of university teachers from the universities of Basilicata and Calabria and individual professionals operating within the Park territory.

Pollino joined the European Geoparks Network (EGN) in September of last year, receiving the acknowledgment at the convention held in Rokua, Finland and subsequently has been recognized in the Global Geoparks Network (GGN). The EGN/GGN is currently a priority project of UNESCO “International Geoscience Programme and Geoparks.”

 

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