Presentation of the project

From 2021, 43 Individual members from more than 20 Countries are developing researches and tools for the implementation of  the GEOfood concept Worldwide.

GEOfood for sustainable development in UNESCO Global Geoparks

In the last 20 years, the concept of UNESCO Global Geoparks has changed the way geology and geoheritage are seen by the general public. Geoheritage is no longer restricted to specific geosites, and has become the driving force behind local sustainable development, along with other natural and cultural values.

This project which received IGCP’s Council “Special Award” in 2021 includes 45 individual scientists from Universities, Geoparks, aspiring Geoparks is covering 33 Countries Worldwide.

The project proposes a scientific approach to GEOfood, starting from the connection between geoheritage, geodiversity, culture, ecosystem services, food production and sustainable local development.

Based on this study, the project will establish methodologies for GEOfood assessment, implementation and results. It will create procedures, guidelines, printed materials and other tools to implement the concept in at least 26 areas around the World and to support communities engagement also in territories which are not recognised Geoparks.

The open source results will  be analysed and diffused in the scientific community as well as in the UNESCO Global Geopark international networks. 

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