The idea of establishing a network of geoparks was born at the International Geology Conference held in 1997 in China, where special attention was devoted in particular to the conservation of geological heritage. In 2000, the European Geoparks Network – EGN was established after the first four geoparks from France, Greece, Germany and Spain united to form this network. In addition to the protection and promotion of geological heritage, the fundamental goal of EGN is to unite European states in the exchange of good practices, information and experience in the protection of geological heritage, and to promote an integral approach to nature protection. In 2001, UNESCO (Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences) took the network under its wing.

Today the network unites 50 geoparks from 19 European states.

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