We are delighted to invite you to attend the First African International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks,
to be held from 18th to 19th May 2020 in Arusha, Tanzania, followed by
two days of excursion in the Ngorongoro Lengai UNESCO Global Geopark, from 21st to 22nd, May 2020.
Excursion are optional.
The conference will be hosted at
Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) , in Arusha, the vibrant tourism City in northern Tanzania situated closely to the Mt. Kilimanjaro,
the highest mountain in Africa.
The conference goes with the theme “Promotional and Management of UNESCO Global Geoparks for Sustainable Development”.
UNESCO Global Geopark is the last territorial program adopted by UNESCO during the 38th General Conference in 2015. This territorial program created 40 years after the two other destinations labeled by UNESCO (World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve) is considered to be the "new territory of the 21st century". These territories needs to present a geological heritage of an international value which needs to be linked with the territorial natural, cultural and intangible heritage to provide an integrated sustainable development toward its population.
In 2020, only two UNESCO Geoparks exist in the Africa region: M'Goun UNESCO Geopark (Morocco) -2014- Ngorongoro-Lengai UNESCO Geopark (Tanzania) -2017- Africa is a continent full of possibilities for the development of this new initiative which seems totally adapted to the African needs for protection, education and sustainable development. The aim of this conference is to stimulate a new dynamic for a homogeneous development of UNESCO Global Geopark on our continent.