Geopark Idrija candidates for registration in the UNESCO’s International Network of Geoparks
Geoparks are becoming very popular due to their combination of conservation, sustainable development and community involvement. Geopark is according to Unesco’s definition “a unified area with geological heritage of international significance”, “used to promote the sustainable development of the local communities who live there.” There are 77 Global Geoparks spread across 25 countries and 49 European Geoparks.
The idea of Geopark Idrija was born years ago on the basis of the unique geological structure, which was responsible for the deposits of mercury and development of mining and with mercury and mining connected tradition and heritage in the region. Preservation, promotion, enhancement and marketing of geological and other heritage were considered an opportunity for sustainable development of rural areas. Despite the presentation of Idrija Geopark to the European Geopark Network in 2007, it was formally established in 2010 and included into Idrija Heritage Centre. On 30thof November an application dossier with the detailed description of the geological heritage of the area, conservation practices and managing plan was sent to the seat of the European Geopark network in Haute-Provence in France.