National geoparks initiated in China: Putting geoscience in the service of society

Zhao Xun, Wang Milly
2002 Episodes  
The heritage of geological history is a legacy bestowed upon us by Nature. It is mankind's obligation to protect it, so that it can be a benefit to posterity for ever. The best way to ensure geoheritage conservation is by the construction of Geoparks to aid geoscientific research and serve as sites of propagation of scientific knowledge. Geoparks attract visitors, and at the same time create local jobs and develop the local economy. In addition, they are means by which the local government can
more » ... cal government can enforce environmental protection based on more enthusiastic support from the local people with the development of their economy. China set up 11 national Geoparks for the first time in the year 2000, under the guidance of the UNESCO Earth Science Division, and hence has become one of the pioneers in this aspect. Doubtless, the conservation of the geological heritage will become more and more effective as a result of the setting up of these parks.
doi:10.18814/epiiugs/2002/v25i1/005 fatcat:hbfb7mqitjcqrnvgp7au3cbjlu