Beaujolais UNESCO Global Geopark
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Global Geoparks Network


In 2004, UNESCO founded the Global Geoparks Networks (GGN). The CGN has a total of 127 territories throughout the world and includes European Geoparks.

European Geoparks Network

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In Europe, Geoparks are grouped together in a single network, The European Geoparks Network (EGN). At present, the EGN comprises 71 territories in 23 countries. Such a network makes it easy for different territories to communicate with each other, and facilitates cooperation on projects of scientific, promotional or educational nature.

Founded in 2000 and backed by the UNESCO right from the start, the European Geoparks Network (EGN) is a voluntary grouping together of territories that share the same interests and the same approaches to conservation, valorization and promotion of their heritage, the natural heritage in particular.

National Committee of French Geoparks

The National Committee of French Geoparks (Comité National des Géoparcs de France), created in 2014, is an association (under the French law of 1901) that groups together the recognised "UNESCO Global Geoparks". In line with UNESCO principles and ethics, the purposes of this association are:

  • To officially represent France's Geoparks at the various official departmental, regional, national and international bodies
  • To coordinate the activity of the Global Geoparks on a national level
  • To create and promote new Global Geoparks, providing support, assistance and advice to aspiring territories
  • To present new French Geopark applications to UNESCO along with guidance on how to prioritise them should there be multiple applications at the same time
  • To cooperate and share experiences, particularly within the Comité National des Géoparcs de France and the GGN
  • To promote Geoparks and Earth heritage sites at national and international levels
Geopark Beaujolais

Famous throughout the world for its wines and vineyards, the Beaujolais is also a region shaped by man, who has reaped the benefits of the soil's diversity. Its past is literally written in stone: in the golden, red, white, grey or black rocks and stones that have visibly been put to good use in local construction. This remarkable geology has given rise to great diversity, not only in the landscapes and heritage, but also in terms of human activity, in the culture and traditions that form the identity of the Beaujolais region.