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5th Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium 2017

The Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark just attended the 5th Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) Symposium 2017 at Zhijindong Cave UGG, China! 

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Picture 1. Participants from the Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark at the conference centre.

 

At the symposium we had the opportunity to learn about the activities and initiatives of geoparks all around the Asia Pacific region, as well as to share about our own geopark. We also discussed plans to strengthen the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network and possibilities for future networking activities.

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Picture 2. Presentation on ‘Promoting local economic development through geopark-product certification’ by the Office Head of the Geopark Promotion Committee.

 

This year drew focus on topics like “Empowering Local Social Economic Sustainable Development”, “Communicating Geoparks, Geosites, and Geotourism”, and “Popularising Scientific Knowledge for Public Education”.

Of course, as all this networking took place we also got to explore the breath-taking geography and scenery of the Zhijindong Cave UNESCO Global Geopark. Thank you to the hosts for organising this wonderful event, and for welcoming us to your geopark! 

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Picture 3, 4. Zhijindong Cave – the main geosite of the Zhijindong Cave UNESCO Global Geopark.

 

The Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium takes place once every two years. The next one is going to be organised in 2019 in Indonesia.

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