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This June, as part of the ongoing Sister Geopark relations between the Itoigawa and Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geoparks, 30 students from the Hong Kong Chinese Women’s Club Fung Yiu King Memorial Secondary School visited the Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark on a mission of exchange and Geopark study.
 

Students and Staff Arrive at Itoigawa Station via the Hokuriku Shinkansen 
 
Arriving late on June 23rd, the students and staff enjoyed three days in the Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark, learning about the formation of the Japanese Island Arc at Fossa Magna Museum, Itoigawa’s jade …

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Through the collaboration of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the three note-issuing banksof Hong Kong, the 2018 New Series Hong Kong Banknotes were unveiled on 24 July 2018. Among the five new denominations, the HK$500 banknote features the world-class hexagonal rock columns in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. The notes will be put into circulation in early 2019-20, replacing the existing 2010 series.
 

2018 New Series Hong Kong Banknotes Launching Ceremony
(From right to left: Ms. Cynthia CHAN, Senior Geopark Officer (Ag) of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD, …

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This May, as part of the organization’s 38th Annual International Seminar in Japan, the International Society for Teacher Education (ISfTE) held a special excursion to the Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark.
 

ISfTE participants in front of Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geopark’s Fossa Magna Museum
 
The International Society for Teacher Education is an independent, nonpolitical, nongovernmental, nonprofit organization made up of teacher educators from around the globe who share a common goal of improving teacher education. Since their foundation in 1981, the members have held an international symposium each year. For the first time this …

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© Pham Ngoc Khoa
 
UNESCO’s Executive Board today approved the designation of 13 new Geoparks for sites demonstrating the diversity of the planet’s geology.The world network now numbers 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 38 countries.The  newly designated sites are:
Famenne-Ardenne, Belgium
Three components characterizing the Famenne-Ardenne Geopark are clearly visible in the landscape: Famenne, to the north, is a large depression with a schistose substratum. The Ardennes, to the South, form a vast plateau mainly composed of sandstone rocks. Between the two, the Calestienne presents a calcareous bedrock, rich in karst phenomena. The …

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The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGGp) Ap Chau Story Room was officially opened on 8 April 2018 and is ready for public visits on Sundays and public holidays starting on 15 April 2018.
Officiating guests at the opening ceremony included Dr. Kirstin Lemon, member of the UNESCO Global Geopark Council; Mr. Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment; Dr. Leung Siu-fai, Director of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; Mr. So Sai-chi, Chairman of the North District Council; Mrs. Alice Chan, Executive Director of the Travel Industry Council; Mr. Lee Koon-hung, …