Jeju Island was designated a National Biosphere conservation area in 2002, a World Natural Heritage site in 2007, and received Global Geopark Network certification in 2010. It is the only area in the world that has achieved these three accolades at the same time. In addition, Jeju benefits from a wide range of ecological and geological features. This includes islands, volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, national parks, caves and forests.
A geopark is “a territory encompassing one or more sites of scientific importance, not only for geological reasons but also by virtue of its archaeological, ecological or cultural value.” The Global Geoparks Network program aims to enhance the value of sites of scientific interest while at the same time creating employment and promoting regional economic development.
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The Global Geopark Network program works in synergy with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and Man and the Biosphere (MAB) World Network of Biosphere Reserves. GGN, established in coordination with European Geoparks Network (EGN) in 2004, has brought together some 77 geoparks from 25 countries (as of 2011). Jeju Island was designated a Global Geopark Network site in October 2010.
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