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Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body at the 43rd European Geoparks Network Meeting in Germany

Participation of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body at the 43rd European Geoparks Network Meeting in Germany

The official representatives of Chelmos-Vouraikos Unesco Global Geopark, Mr. Georgios Iliopoulos, Associate Professor of the Department ofGeology of the University of Patras and Scientific Associate of Geopark and Mrs Eleni Koumoutsou, Project Coordinator of the Management Body, participated in the 43rd European Geoparks Network Meeting in the Swabian Alps UNESCO Global Geopark, Aalen in Germany, on March 25 - 29, 2019.

Representatives of 73 European Geoparks attended the meeting. In Greece, there are 5 areas (Lesvos, Psiloritis, Chelmos-Vouraikos, Vikos-Aoos, Sitia) and the Geopark of Cyprus (Troodos) belonging to the European Geoparks Network and they are UNESCO Global Geoparks as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the meeting discussed issues common to all members of the Network, including proposals for transnational partnerships with funding projects and activities in the Geopark regions by European Programs.

Also, Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark participates in aworking groupthat deals with lignite and mining activities withinGeoparks and aims to establish and follow a common guide for all Geoparks of this group.

On the 2nd day, a Local Products Exhibition was held including all Geopark, giving the opportunity to all participantsto meet and taste flavors from many regions of Europe. In the exhibition there was a Greek kiosk with flavors and pictures from Achaia, Lesvos, Ioannina and Crete and Cyprus.

We have been given the opportunity to have meetings with colleagues from around Europe, to learn good practices and information about the management their Geoparks and learn how we can use all of this experience that has been developed in the Global Geoparks for a better presence of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos contributes constantly to the promotion of alternative tourism, environmental education, environmental protection and promotion in the National Park area, with multiple benefits for the local community. This establishes the global recognition of Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park as a World Heritage Site with a special geological heritage (beyond unique biodiversity) and enjoys international recognition.

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