UNESCO update 2017

In June 2016 Lochaber Geopark went through a validation process to become a UNESCO Global Geopark. We are pleased that the Global Geoparks Committee found that “Lochaber Geopark is a very large territory with an exceptional geological heritage” and that it has ‘great potential for Lochaber Geopark to be a very good UNESCO Global Geopark’. The Committee, have however deferred award of UNESCO status until we have addressed a number of recommendations, the most important of which is to secure long term core financial assistance from the Scottish Government.

With our ongoing work, we feel that we can successfully address most of their recommendations, however achieving long term support from the government will continue to be an issue for all Scottish geoparks.