Geoparks refer to UNESCO Global Geoparks, of which we have three on the island of Ireland; Copper Coast in Co. Waterford, Burren and Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, and Cuilcagh Lakelands in Cavan and Fermanagh. Geological Survey Ireland is a partner in all three Geoparks and provides support and encouragement in the promotion of geoheritage and earth science education, and protection of Geosites within the Geoparks. UNESCO Global Geoparks: Celebrating Earth Heritage, Sustaining Local Communities
UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. UNESCO Global Geoparks
Their bottom-up approach of combining conservation with sustainable development while involving local communities has become increasingly popular. At present, there are 169 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 44 countries.