25-29 November 2019, the first Russian UNESCO Global Geopark “Yangan-Tau” (Russian Federation, Republic of Bashkortostan) hosted an international seminar-meeting “UNESCO Global Geoparks Network”. The seminar was attended by 100 people from 14 countries and 7 regions of the Russian Federation. The event was attended in particular by: Dr. Patrick Mack Keever, Special Advisor, UNESCO Global Geoparks Network (GGN), Head of UNESCO Earth Sciences Section (2012-2018); Ms. Kristin Rangnes, European Geoparks Network Coordinator, Norway; Mr. Soo Jae Lee, Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network Deputy Coordinator, delegations from Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Nepal, Jordan, Afghanistan, Georgia, and Egypt.
Russian regions were represented by existing and planned regional geoparks of the Caucasus region, Leningrad region and St. Petersburg, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), and the Republic of Bashkortostan.
The seminar-meeting was attended by representatives from the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, Russian Geographical Society, RosGeo, Russian Committee on UNESCO Program “Man and the Biosphere”, and leaders of the Republic of Bashkortostan.
FGBU “VSEGEI” was represented by Dr. Anton Brodsky, project manager for the creation of the Ingermanlandia geopark, and Dr. Sergey Semiletkin, Executive Secretary of the Russian Committee for the UNESCO International Geoparks Program.
The conference provided an opportunity for participants to learn about the “geopark” concept and get acquainted with the best world geoparks. The working group that created the Yangan-Tau geopark shared its experience in creating a geopark and ways to solve problems when passing to the UNESCO Global Geopark nomination. As a result of the event, it was decided to hold this type of seminar annually in various regions of Russia.