The National Parks Management Unit of Zakynthos, Ainos & Protected Areas of the Ionian Islands is pleased to announce that the Kefalonia-Ithaca Geopark has been an official member of the UNESCO World Geoparks Network since 13 April 2022 . 177 Geoparks from 46 countries have joined the UNESCO World Network, while the Kefalonia-Ithaca Geopark is the 7th from Greece, as they have been preceded by those of Lesvos in the North Aegean, Psiloritis and Sitia in Crete, Helmos in the North. Peloponnese, Vikos-Aoos in Epirus and Grevena-Kozani in Macedonia.
The relevant accession decision, with an initial validity period of four years followed by a re-evaluation process, was taken by the UNESCO Executive Board on 13 April 2022, including another 8 Geoparks from various countries (Greece, Romania, Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Germany and 2 from Brazil).
The official announcement of membership will be made in the context of a large online event welcoming new members that will be organized on April 21, 2022, Holy Thursday at 15.00 (Greek time) , the UNESCO World Geoparks Network on the occasion of the celebration of International Earth Day.
The event can be watched online by following the link below:
while it will be broadcast live on social media of the Argostoli Branch of the National Parks Management Unit of Zakynthos, Ainos and Protected Areas of the Ionian Islands.
The coordinator of the event will be Professor Nikolaos Zouros , President of the Global Network of Geoparks. The presentation of the Kefalonia-Ithaca Geopark will be welcomed by the Chairman of the Board. of OFYPEKA Mr. Maria Papadopoulou , the Deputy Regional Governor of Kefalonia-Ithaca Mr. Stavros Travlos and the representative of the Coordinating Body of the Geopark, Mr. George Drakatos . Then the scientific team of the Geopark will present 4-minute audiovisual material with the special geological, environmental characteristics and the intangible cultural heritage of the Geopark.
The Geopark of Kefalonia-Ithaca is located in the Ionian Islands and includes the islands of Kefalonia, Ithaca, Atokos and Arkoudi. Its geographical boundaries coincide with the boundaries of the Regional Units of Kefalonia and Ithaca, include the land and important sea part of the two islands, occupying a total area of approximately 3,006 sq.km. Kefalonia and Ithaca are the westernmost part of the Greek Women Abroad. They are located at the end of the Greek arc, which is the most tectonically active region in Europe. Due to their geotectonic position, they are islands with rich geology and great seismic activity in which we find an excellent depiction of the dynamics of terrestrial processes, through the numerous and wide variety of geological occurrences.
The concept of Geopark refers to a geographical unit with clearly defined geographical boundaries, with particular geological, morphological and environmental characteristics of global scientific and geotouristic interest. It aims to utilize the natural and cultural heritage as a tool for environmental education and sustainable local development. The inclusion in the Global Network of Geoparks of UNESCO is the highest opportunity for global promotion and exploitation of the region with respect to the geological history and the protection and promotion of biodiversity and geodiversity.
The Management Unit of National Parks of Zakynthos, Ainos & Protected Areas of the Ionian Islands would like to thank all those who helped, contributed and supported over time this successful effort: agencies, citizens, members of the Board. and staff of the former Management Body of Ainos National Park, in particular, the Member of Parliament for Kefallinia & Ithaca, the Region of Ionian Islands, the Sub-Region of Kefallinia-Ithaca, the Municipalities of Argostoli, Sami, Lixouri and Ithaca and Sygmatis Kathi University of Patras.
Source – aenosnationalpark.gr