These eight UNESCO approved destinations balance conservation with tourism

Praised for their “geological heritage”, UNESCO’s list of Global Geoparks is a comprehensive roster of some of the world’s most beautiful natural sites.

Characterised by their scenery, ecology and local communities, these protected areas are spread across the world – from the tropical islands of Indonesia to the volcanic peaks of Peru.

And with conservation now more important than ever, eight new sites have been added to the list. It takes the tally to 177 locations in 46 different countries.

“It’s much more than a label,” says Kristof Vandenberghe, Chief of Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazard Risk Reduction at UNESCO.

“It’s really a recognition of geological sites of international value, to celebrate their unique

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