Lochaber Geopark -UNESCO Global Geopark status
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. Addressing this point is difficult and is likely to be a major problem for all the Scottish Geoparks when seeking UNESCO Global Geopark status. The long term secure funding of all the Scottish Geoparks can only be addressed by the Scottish Government. Membership of UNESCO GGN would have greatly strengthened the case we can put to Government.
Lochaber Geopark Association is a charity organisation that has been in existence for 13 years and it has always been and will continue to be a grass-roots organisation. We will continue to develop and improve all aspects of our work and to build links with the local community and with those who visit Lochaber to promote awareness between the geological heritage, natural and cultural heritage and the landscape, while the issue of funding is resolved.