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UNESCO Will Send Evaluators to Leye-Fengshan to Carry Out Revaluation Mission

Sources:    Time:2018-05-31

Recently, Leye-Fengshan UNESCO Global Geopark received a letter from UNESCO, which stated that two evaluators will be sent to Leye-Fengshan UNESCO Global Geopark for revalidation mission in mid-July. They are Mr. Sigurður Sigursveinnson from Iceland and Mr. Mohd Shafeea Leman from Malaysia.

Following the relevant standards, they will evaluate the construction of Leye-Fengshan UNESCO Global Geopark since 2014. The main evaluation contents are: the implementation of the rectification opinions proposed by the evaluators in the last revalidation, the role of Geopark in promoting local sustainable development, the protection of geological relics, and the education of geosciences in the past four years. The content covers all aspects such as organization management, financial standing, tourism development, ecological humanities, agriculture, forestry and livestock. The methods of revalidation are mainly field visits, briefings, and looking up materials.

It is understood that the name of the UNESCO Global Geopark lasts only four years at a time, and each Geopark should undergo a revalidation every four year to review its function and qualityduring four years in detail. If the Geopark has consistently met the corresponding standards, it will continue to be the UNESCO Global Geopark (the so-called green card) during the next four years. If the geopark no longer meets the standards, the management agency of the geopark will be informed to take appropriate rectification measures within two years (the so-called "yellow card"). After receiving the yellow card, if the Geopark does not meet the standard within two years, it will be removed from the Global Geopark Network (the so-called red card).

Leye-Fengshan UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the northwestern part of Guangxi, China, and it is in the slope area from the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau to the Guangxi Basin. Since joining the Global Geopark Network in 2010, the Management Committee of Leye-Fengshan UNESCO Global Geopark has cherished this title, which is not easy to have. In the management of geopark, it attaches great importance to the promotion of geopark characteristics to backward area, strictly in accordance with IGGP standards, combined with local geographical features to build and manage geopark. Since the establishment of the Geopark, Leye-Fengshan UNESCO Global Geopark has gradually improved the hardware and software facilities by carrying out various constructions, protection, publicity and education. With the increasing popularity of the Geopark, more and more tourists comes. The tourism and catering industries in Leye County and Fengshan County have prospered and the income level of local residents has gradually increased. Enhance residents' sense of pride and happiness. In the 2014 revalidation, it was highly praised by the evaluators and gained a green card.

Leye County and Fengshan County belong to the national deep poverty-stricken counties. The living standards of many local residents are still relatively backward. How to use the brand of the Geopark continuously to promote the sustainable development of the local economy and help people get rid of poverty as soon as possible has a positive and far-reaching meaning.