UK Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks meets at Marble Arch Caves
A delegation from the UK Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks recently visited the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.
The UK committee, which facilitates information and partnership working between the seven Global Geoparks in the UK, met at the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark to discuss matters relating to the recent UNESCO designation of the UK’s seven Global Geoparks.
In November 2015, the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark was awarded UNESCO status along with more than 100 other Global Geoparks around the world. The UNESCO status identifies a Global Geopark as an area of internationally important geological heritage which has a sustainable tourism strategy so that it benefits the local and regional economy.
The delegation also visited some of the most spectacular and unique natural assets within the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark including Lough Navar Forest, Cavan Burren Park and the mesmerising underground world of the Marble Arch Caves.
Speaking about the visit of the UK Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks to the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:
“We were delighted to welcome delegates from the English Riviera, North West Highlands, Fforest Fawr and GeoMon UNESCO Global Geoparks to County Fermanagh. We hope that the continued collaboration will strengthen the significance of the UNESCO Global Geopark designation and attract many more visitors to the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.”
Melanie Border, Chair of the UK Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks, said:
“Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark has blazed a trail in setting the quality standard by which all other UK geoparks follow, we are absolutely blown away by the outstanding geological heritage, stunning landscapes and the warmth of the welcome here.”
Richard Watson, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark manager, said:
“It was great to welcome our colleagues from other UK geoparks to the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark as we work in close cooperation with them to promote all of our geoparks and to exchange ideas and information.”
Spanning counties Fermanagh and Cavan, the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark became the world’s first cross border Geopark in 2008 and Northern Ireland’s second only UNESCO supported location last year. The Global Geopark is jointly managed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Cavan County Council and is home to 20,000 hectares of fascinating geology, natural landscapes, historic relics and the Marble Arch Caves – one of the finest showcaves in Europe.
For further information on walking trails, attractions, activities and itineraries for the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, visit www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com or telephone +44 (0) 28 6634 8855.