2015 Chinese Volcanic Geopark Forum was held in Yandangshan Global Geopark

From August 24 to 28, 2015 Chinese Volcanic Geopark Forum was held in Yandangshan Global Geopark. The forum was jointly by five global geoparks of Mt. Yandangshan, Wudalianchi, Ningde, Leiqiong and Jingpohu Lake. The theme is “cooperation, exchange and sustainable development”. It invites UNESCO Global Geopark Executive Board, IUCNNR, IAG and 160 famous experts, representatives of geological institutions and scholars from China, Malaysia, Australia, Poland, South Korea, Japan, Britain, Tanzania and other countries and regions to discuss and exchange.

In the forum, domestic and foreign representatives make wonderful academic exchanges. They deeply discuss the management development experience, challenges and publicity and promotion of research results of volcanic geoparks, sustainable development cooperative relationship of domestic and foreign geoparks and other new concepts and topics. They propose a variety of ideas and programs to solve the current difficult problems.

During the forum, Mt. Yandangshan, Ningde, Leiqiong and Jingpohu Lake and other geoparks , Ningde, Leiqiong, Jingpohu other geoparks held the signing ceremony of sister parks with and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. Besides, Yandangshan Global Geopark also signed the sister park agreement with Zhangjiajie Global Geopark. In the future, these parks will enhance exchange and cooperation in protection and management of heritage resources, science education, management personnel, information resources, tourist promotion and sustainable development to realize common development and improvement.

Meanwhile, the five volcanic geoparks in China also established Chinese Volcanic Geopark Alliance,  which will continue to promote resource and environmental protection, study tour, joint marketing, interactive management, scientific research and international exchanges to greatly promote the sustainable development of China’s volcanic geoparks. Currently, there are eight volcanic geoparks that have signed up.

During the closing ceremony, the deputy secretary of the party committee and executive deputy director of Mt. Yandangshan Administrative Committee Yang Shuyuan read “2015 China Volcanic Geopark Hill Declaration”, which supports 2015 CVGF as a permanent volcanic geopark network system supported by geopark network in Asia Pacific region and China’s geopark network. Besides, it established CVGF secretariat and a consulting institution composed of international experts that can provide the forum and members with suggestions. Meanwhile, according to the discussion of alliance units, the volcanic geopark forum will be held every two years to discuss issues of common concern. 2017 Chinese Volcanic Geopark Forum will be held by Wudalianchi  Global Geopark.

Yandangshan Global Geopark , Lu Qinfei

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