By Helen Castaño | 07:34 PM May 24, 2023
Bohol Island has officially become the very first Global Geopark of the Philippines.
This groundbreaking decision took place during the 216th Executive Board Session of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the city of Paris, France on May 24, 2023.
“The UNESCO Global Geopark designation is a prestigious recognition bestowed upon exceptional places or regions that showcase geological sites and landscapes of international and special importance. These sites, together with important ecological, cultural, and archeological heritage sites, are meticulously managed through a comprehensive approach that encompasses conservation, education, research, and responsible tourism,” the UNESCO Philippine National Commission on Wednesday.
By adopting the geopark concept, relevant stakeholders from both the public and private sectors are encouraged to work together, fostering the promotion and practice of geoheritage conservation, geoscience education, environmental awareness, cultural heritage preservation, and sustainable development within the geopark.
Bohol Island, along with 17 other new geoparks, will soon join the Global Geoparks Network, bringing the total number of members to 195 this year. The Network provides a platform for international cooperation, allowing global geoparks and aspiring geoparks to share best practices and enhance the UNESCO Global Geopark brand.
The provincial government of Bohol, as the core management institution of the Bohol Island Geopark, extends its deepest gratitude to the members of the technical working group, technical advisers, partners from the academe, schools, non-government organizations, national government agencies, local government units, tour agencies, local businesses, volunteers, and supporters who made this dream a reality.