November 2009 - Hong Kong Geopark was officially designated as a National Geoparks of China, and was named Hong Kong National Geopark.
September 2011 - Hong Kong National Geopark was accepted as a member of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), and was renamed Hong Kong Global Geopark of China.
With the formalisation of the new label “UNESCO Global Geopark, Hong Kong Geopark was renamed Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark on 17 November 2015.
Why was Hong Kong able to establish a geopark?
- Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark comprises two geological regions within its single, unified boundary: the widely distributed hexagonal rock columns in Sai Kung, which are of international geological significance, and the Northeast New Territories region, which comprises sedimentary rocks formed in different geologic periods, showcasing the complete geological history of Hong Kong.
- The geological sites are protected by longstanding, well established legal regulations.
- The geopark has the support of a broad range of Hong Kong citizens, local communities, non-governmental groups and other stakeholders.
- Hong Kong has relatively rich experience in nature conservation and science popularisation.
- The ecological and cultural heritage in the geopark enhance the travel experience of visitors to Hong Kong.
- The local communities have been actively engaged in village revitalization and the geopark’s development.
What is the significance of establishing a geopark in Hong Kong?
- Enhancing geoconservation and increasing the public's conservation awareness.
- Promoting regional sustainable development.
- Engaging nature and local communities in a mutually beneficial manner.
- Enhancing the geopark's international image, and improving the quality and diversity of its nature-based tourism.
- Increasing the enjoyment of both visitors and local residents in countryside activities.
- Popularising earth science knowledge and promoting the links between geological heritage and all other aspects of our natural and cultural heritage.
- Engaging the local communities in nature conservation and sustainable development, improving their livelihood in the geopark, and conserving our natural and cultural heritage.
- Enhancing the international network of geoparks and serving as a platform for exchange between East and West and among UNESCO global geoparks.
What are the main features of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark?
- Hong Kong’s diverse and intensive geological heritage, which is just a stone’s throw from the city.
- Legal protection for all geo-sites in the geopark.
- Hong Kong’s rich experience in protected area management and planning.
- Diverse ecological habitats and wildlife, along with a strong foundation in ecological research and vast experience in the promotion of nature conservation.
- The general support and active involvement of local communities.