Global Geoparks: Linking Geological Heritage and Local Development

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9780124114562: Global Geoparks: Linking Geological Heritage and Local Development

Global Geoparks: Linking Geological Heritage and Local Development is the first reference available on how to apply for inclusion in the International Network of Geoparks and meet the criteria for becoming an officially-recognized UNESCO Geopark. As the number of officially-recognized geoparks in the world is expected to triple within the next decade, with governments recognizing the importance of sustaining the geological heritage of their country’s geography and taking advantage of their economic potential, this work presents a great reference on the topic.

Authored by the world’s foremost experts, this guide is essential reading for geoscientists and regional stakeholders who want to fully understand key concepts and learn how to transform identified geographic territories into official geoparks as so defined and recognized by UNESCO.



  • Authored by the world’s top Geoparks experts, ensuring authoritative coverage across the history, theory, heritage, sustainability, economic benefits, and future of geoparks
  • Features end-of-chapter case studies from across the geoparks network to illustrate key concepts
  • Includes more than 100 illustrations and full-color photographs―vividly bringing existing geoparks to life
  • Compiles the rules and regulations that geoparks must follow, serving as a one-stop reference for future applicants to the Global Geoparks Network

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Dr. Alcala earned his PhD in Geology from Complutense University in Madrid, the top geosciences university in Spain and one of the oldest universities in the world. Dr. Alcala is Director of the Paleontological Foundation in Madrid and a representative of the European Global Geoparks Network and a catalyst for its Thematic Group on Fossils.
A prolific author and editor, Dr. Alcala currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Taphonomy and has authored more than 100 journal articles, nine books, and has served as a contributing author in an additional 48 publications. Dr. Alcala also leads several geosciences research teams, including the Research Group FOCONTUR on Turolian Continental Fossils, and is currently the director of the weekly sections of Paleontological Fundamentals and GeoParks Corner, which have published more than 400 issues collectively since 2003.

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