Global Geoparks: Linking Geological Heritage and Local Development is the first reference available on how to apply for inclusion in the International Network of Geoparks and meet the criteria for becoming an officially-recognized UNESCO Geopark. As the number of officially-recognized geoparks in the world is expected to triple within the next decade, with governments recognizing the importance of sustaining the geological heritage of their country's geography and taking advantage of their economic potential, this work presents a great reference on the topic. Authored by the world's foremost experts, this guide is essential reading for geoscientists and regional stakeholders who want to fully understand key concepts and learn how to transform identified geographic territories into official geoparks as so defined and recognized by UNESCO. * Authored by the world's top Geoparks experts, ensuring authoritative coverage across the history, theory, heritage, sustainability, economic benefits, and future of geoparks* Features end-of-chapter case studies from across the geoparks network to illustrate key concepts* Includes more than 100 illustrations and full-color photographs-vividly bringing existing geoparks to life* Compiles the rules and regulations that geoparks must follow, serving as a one-stop reference for future applicants to the Global Geoparks Network
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
Number of pages: 250
Dimensions: 235 x 191 mm
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