Video>> China's Sanqingshan added to global geoparks network
PARIS, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Four new sites in China, Indonesia, Hungary and Spain were added to global geoparks network, UNESCO announced Friday.
The sites given the geopark label include Sanqingshan, a mountain massif in Jiangxi Province in the southeast of China; Batur centered around an active volcano located in northeast Bali, Indonesia; Bakony-Balaton in Hungary known for its largest lake in central Europe; and the Geological and Mining Park of Central Catalonia in Spain.
The new sites bring the total number of geoparks in the network to 91, located in 27 countries.
Created with UNESCO's support in 2004 to encourage cooperation between geological heritage experts and practitioners, the global geoparks network links geological heritage sites of international importance, rarity or beauty that are also used to promote sustainable development for local communities.
It also seeks to promote awareness of geological hazards and disaster mitigation strategies, climate change and the need to manage our natural resources sustainably.