UNESCO Global Geoparks

Tension Between Territorial Development and Heritage Enhancement

UNESCO Global Geoparks

Edited by

Yves Girault, French National Museum of Natural History, France

ISBN : 9781786304858

Publication Date : November 2019

Hardcover 278 pp

145.00 USD



Recently, UNESCO has gradually started to recognize world geoparks ? territorial spaces with a geological heritage of international importance.

This classification presents real challenges. Development strategies must align with the recommendations advocated by various non-governmental organizations. It is also necessary to involve the local actors, both in the preparation of application forms and in the implementation of a management plan that is suitable for sustainable global development. Managing the tensions and asymmetries that exist between the different groups of actors (politicians, managers, scientists, representatives of local populations) constitutes another major issue.

It is in this context and through various case studies that this book questions the aims of the UNESCO global geoparks ? in terms of heritage inventory and conservation, the participation of local populations, the local development of a territory and its enhancement through heritage interpretation.


Part 1. Objectives, Issues and Tensions Related to the Patrimonialization of Nature
1. Natural Heritage, Participatory Democracy and UNESCO: a Structure of Disillusionment?, Igor Babou.
2. The Ambivalences of the Co-construction of a Mental Territory: a Case Study on Spanish UGGs, Catalina Gonzalez Tejada and Yves Girault.
3. The History of the Earth as a New Form of Territorial Marketing: the Case of the Geopark of the Tremp-Montsec Basin (Spain), Fabien Van Geert.
4. Patrimonialization and the Geopark Label: for Which Development Model in the South? The Case of Morocco, Ouidad Tebaa and Saïd Boujrouf.
5. The Evolution of the Economics of Culture and its Influence on the Development of Geoparks, François Mairesse.

Part 2. Heritage Inventory and Conservation
6. Methodological Proposal for the Valorization of the Geodiversity of Rural Areas Comparable with the Zat Valley, Joan Poch, Antonio Teixell, David Gómez-Gras, Francisco José Martínez, Esteve Cardellach and José Luis Briansó.
7. Interpreting Landscapes from a Socioecological Perspective: a Methodological Approach from the Zat Valley (Morocco), Martí Boada Juncà, Roser Maneja Zaragoza, Jaume Marlès Magre, Josep Antoni Pujantell Albós, Sònia Sànchez-Mateo and Carles Barriocanal Lozano.
8. The Feeling of Archaeology and the Sense of History in the Mixteca Alta Geopark, Francisco Valdez.
9. One of the First Rock Art Sites Discovered and Now Protected in Morocco: the Case of Azrou Iklane (Assa Region, Morocco), Gwenola Graff, Maxence Bailly, Abdelhadi Ewague and Martin Loyer.

Part 3. Geotourism and Education
10. Visualizing the Heritage of the Zat Valley Through a Virtual Museum, Élisabeth Habert and Ali Aouda.
11. Web Communication of French Geoparks in Education: the Expression of Their Legitimacy, Aurélie Zwang.
12. The Architectural Mediation of Geoparks Museums in China: Between Tensions and Hybridization of Cultures, Yi Du and Yves Girault.

About the authors/editors

Yves Girault is Professor at the French National Museum of Natural History, and co-editor of the International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks. From 2015 to 2018, he led the European research program H2020 RISE on Geoparks. His most recent work is on the geopolitics of museums.

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