Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

National Geopark, Declaration and Approval

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1665

The declaration and approval of national geoparks are performed every 2 years by the Ministry of Land and Resources. The preliminary assessment is done by the provincial Department of Land and Resources. If the result is satisfactory, the applying provincial geopark will be recommended to the Ministry of Land and Resources and then evaluated by the National Geopark Committee. If accepted, the nomination will be sent to the National Geoheritage Protection (Geopark) Committee for final assessment and approval before national geopark status is granted. In 2009, the assessment procedures changed, including (1) allowing an application only once every 2 years instead of once every year; (2) allowing only two applicants from each province each time; and (3) the examination and approval will go through three stages, comprising review of applications by the assessment committee, establishment of the geopark within 3 years based on the geopark development standards and the requirements of the...

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