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Yandang Mountain World Geopark Assessed by UNESCO Experts
【Fonts: Large Medium Small 【Source: 温州市 【Date: 2017.08.07】

On August 6, a UNESCO expert mission for World Geopark assessment arrived at the Yandang Mountain World Geopark (YMWG) to carry out a scheduled mid-term evaluation of the park every four years. They will made a site visit to the geological relics, and then assess and give advice on the park construction.


The YMWG was approved by UNESCO as a global geopark in 2005. It is learned that after the UNESCO geopark was approved, to retain its status needs following confirmation by an assessment every four years. After each assessment, a green card (pass), yellow card (warning) or red card (delist) will be granted. The YMWG has passed the previous two assessments, and now it is just subjected to the third one.


Since the second assessment in 2003, according to each item of the improving advice given by the UNESCO experts, the YMWG has made a great deal of rectification in related science research and popularization, publicity on the Internet, protective construction among others. Specifically, it has held a China Volcano Geoparks Forum, built a National Geopark Research, Education and Tourism Base, regularly carried out a series of geological relics protection and its knowledge publicity, improved related infrastructure construction, and created smart tourist spots so that the geological relics were effectively protected.


At the report meeting for the assessment held on August 6, the evaluator and a member of the World Geoparks Association, Brazilian professor Patricio Mello said that by listening to the report on the YMWG protection, he has better known it as a unique geological relic, and local upgrading efforts made in construction, management, protection and science popularization of the park in the past four years. He expected to see more enhancement of the park in the subsequent field trips.


It is reported that next, the assessment expert mission will visit the main zone, western zone (the Nanxi River), and eastern zone (Fangshan and Changyudongtian ) of the YMWG for field assessment.

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