Orígens UNESCO Global Geopark celebrates its first revalidation with a green card

  • The green card is a recognition for the work carried out and guarantees the maintenance of the UNESCO Global Geopark designation for four more years.
  • Coll de Nargó, with the remains of the last dinosaurs in Europe, is the location where the anniversary and the announcement of the revalidation result take place.
  • The 19 municipalities that are part of the Orígens Geopark celebrate the revalidation by hanging banners with the logo of the Geopark and UNESCO.

Coll de Nargó, 9th April 2022.- Today the fourth anniversary of the Orígens Geopark has been celebrated and the result of its first revalidation has been announced

UNESCO Global Geoparks are high-quality sustainable local development figures that undergo quadrennial revalidation processes. After four years, this territory located in the Catalan Pyrenees, has been developing the main axes of the geoparks: conservation and research; education and outreach, and sustainable development for the benefit of the local population.

UNESCO, in this first revalidation, has valued the progress made in the Orígens Geopark very positively and, therefore, revalidates it with a green card. This result guarantees the maintenance of this UNESCO designation for four more years. Together with the verdict, the UNESCO has sent some recommendations for the improvement of the Geopark for the next 4 years.

According to Maria Pilar Cases, president of Orígens Geopark, “This renovation is a prize for the territory and the people who live here, and a recognition of the good work done. It reaffirms us in the line of work that we follow and pushes us to achieve greater challenges that allow the transformation of the territory.”

Coll de Nargó has been the town that has hosted the celebration of the fourth anniversary and where the result of the revalidation has also been made public. One of the highlights of the municipality is the paleontological heritage. Coll de Nargó stands out for having fossil remains of the last dinosaurs that lived in Europe before their extinction. Specifically, one of the largest titanosaur egg layings in Europe has been found and can now be visited at Dinosfera. For this reason, during the day this center and the Cretaceous Viewpoint were visited by its director. The event ended with a tasting of Coll de Nargó onions, a local variety in the process of recovery.

According to Martí Riera, mayor of the municipality of Coll de Nargó, “Being part of the Geopark is a great opportunity that allows us to make our heritage known with all the potential that this implies in the fight for the sustainable development of our populations and against depopulation of the territory.

Complementing this act, and to make the continuity of the Geopark within the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network visible to the local population, all the 19 municipalities that are part of this territory display a banner with the logos of the Geopark and UNESCO.

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