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1st International Conference, UNESCO Global Geoparks in Greece and Cyprus Geological heritage protection and management, education, tourism and sustainable development ATHENS 17-18 MAY 2018

The 1st International Conference of UNESCO Global Geoparks of Greece and Cyprus was held with great success and participation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kranidiotis Amphitheatre), on 17 and 18 May 2018.

WelcomeSpeech at the Opening of Conference was given by the President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, Mrs. Tzitzikosta and the Secretary of Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO.

Representatives from all Greek and Cyprus Geoparks, members of the Geological Survey Department of Cyprus, the Greek Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration, representatives of Local Government, Ministries, Universities, Institutes and Organizations, as well as teachers of all grade levels, participated and presented their activities.

At the UNESCO Global Geopark of Chelmos - Vouraikos was presented by Professor G. Iatrou, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body and the Assistant Professor G. Iliopoulos from the University of Patras

All the features, actions and good practices of Greek and Cyprus Geoparks, environmental education activities related to geo-diversity and geoparks, examples and innovative methodologies for the promotion of local products, promotion of geo-tourism and support for sustainable local development were presented at the conference, while the geopark features, the eligibility criteria and the process of drafting and submitting a dossier for the identification of an area as a GlobalGeopark UNESCO were thoroughly analyzed.

At the closing of the conference, a round table was held with the subject "Management of Geo-diversity and the Global Geoparks of UNESCO", with the participation of representatives of the Ministries of Environment, Energy and Culture, the Hellenic Parliament, the Greek Ombudsman, the Geological Survey Department of Cyprus, the Greek Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration, the Hellenic Geological Society, the President of the UNESCO GloabalGeoparks and several others.

The papers and the results of the conference will be posted at the website of the Hellenic Geoparks Forum. At the closing of the conferencewere announced the dates of the next conference of UNESCO Global Geoparks in Greece and Cyprus, to be held in Cyprus on 16 and 17 May 2019.

The Hellenic Geoparks Forum and the Greek Geoparks are warmly glad to thank the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO and the sponsors and supporters of the Organizing Committee, namely the Regions of Crete and Epirus, the Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body, AKOMM-Psiloritis Development Agency SA, the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest and Hellenic Petroleum SA.

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