What’s a UNESCO Global Geopark?
Isn’t the Waitaki district already a Geopark?
Why are we doing this?
A geopark is a way of connecting our communities to each other, our history and the land we live on. Geoparks lift the economies of the places they exist in. We are seeking UNESCO status for the Waitaki Whitestone
Geopark because it provides a sustainable framework to promote and advance science, education and economic development within the district.
We will tell the story of how the geography of the geopark has shaped the lives and culture of our people, including iwi, and enhance awareness and understanding of key issues facing society, such as using the Earth’s resources sustainably, mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing natural disaster-related risks. The creation of innovative local enterprises, new jobs and high-quality training courses will be stimulated
as new sources of revenue are generated through geotourism.
How much will it cost?
Does UNESCO pay for the UNESCO Global Geopark?
Does a UNESCO Global Geopark mean more visitors?
How are sites protected?
Where are we now?
|30 April 2018 ||The Waitaki District Council submitted an Expression of Interest for the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark to become one of New Zealand's first UNESCO Global Geoparks.|
|12 May 2018 ||The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO endorsed the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark as an Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark.|
|11-13 August 2018||New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO representatives undertook a site inspection of the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark.|
|12 November 201||The geopark’s final dossier is due to be lodged with the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO for forwarding to UNESCO in Paris.|
|June 2019||If our application is deemed acceptable by UNESCO, specialist evaluators from UNESCO will visit the district to assess whether it is suitable for approval as a UNESCO Global Geopark.|
|Late 2019||Successful UNESCO Global Geopark candidates announced - the real work begins?!|
How can I be involved?