Geoparks are the result of a bottom-up process in which all of its population must participate in building a shared project for the future that can only go through suitable, integrated and sustainable economic development.
What are Geoparks
UNESCO Global Geoparks, together with UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites, give a complete picture of celebrating our heritage while at the same time conserving the world’s cultural, biological and geological diversity, and promoting sustainable economic development.
UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. Their bottom-up approach of combining conservation with sustainable development while involving local communities is becoming increasingly popular.
The Global Geoparks Network serves to develop models of best practice and set quality-standards for territories that integrate the protection preservation of Earth heritage sites in a strategy for regional sustainable economic development. Networking and collaboration is an important component of the Global Geoparks Network.
Georgian Bay Land Trust
We are residents, cottagers, boaters, sailors, kayakers, canoeists, native communities, fishers, campers, hikers and nature enthusiasts. We are a community who share a passion for preserving this incredible area for future generations of Canadians.
Our goal is to preserve the land and waters of eastern Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron. This area is home to the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, boasting more than 30,000 islands. A UNESCO designated World Biosphere Reserve, the region supports an incredible diversity of plant and wildlife and is core habitat for many endangered and at-risk species. Through preservation and stewardship, we promote appreciation and protection of this unique area.
The Georgian Bay Land Trust is a founding member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance and is also a member of the Canadian Land Trust Alliance and the Land Trust Alliance in the United States.