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Local Participation

As a Global Geoparks Network requirement, Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark welcomes any public or private partnership proposal from the community to support the sustainable development of the geopark.

Genuine and sustainable local participation
Role of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Geopark
Principles for partnership recommendations

The Geopark Guide System

A geopark guide system is now in place to encourage existing guides to build capacity and deepen their knowledge in line with global standards. The system comprises three grades: Basic Geopark Guide (B2G), Recommended Geopark Guide (R2G) and Accredited Geopark Guide (A2G).

Guides with limited experience in ecotourism can obtain basic qualifications and reach the junior level through training. By upgrading the standards of geopark guides, we can ensure quality ecotour guide services for overseas visitors. This system provides robust support for the conservation, education and sustainable development efforts of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark (HKUGG).

Aims of the Geopark Guide System

  1. To ensure the continuous improvement of geopark guides;
  2. To support the conservation of natural resources and cultural heritage;
  3. To promote science popularisation and the appreciation of cultural heritage of the geopark communities;
  4. To increase safety awareness;
  5. To act as a supporting partner of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.

Roles of Geopark Guides

  1. Role model of other tour guides;
  2. Promote conservation of the natural environment, cultural heritage and the global geoparks concept;
  3. Share and convey earth science knowledge and
  4. Appreciate the cultural heritage of the geopark communities.

The Three Grades of the Geopark Guide System

1.) Basic Geopark Guide (B2G)

After completing an elementary/recognised geotourism training course (or an equivalent programme), guides should have basic knowledge of all eight geosites in HKUGG and be familiar with the sightseeing code, particularly the safety and geoconservation requirements. They should also be able to provide satisfactory geotour guide services.

2.) Recommended Geopark Guide (R2G)

This grade would encourage guides who have completed basic training to deepen their knowledge of geology, biology and cultural heritage; learn about HKUGG’s planning and management approach; and enhance their communications skills in order to present information in an expressive and interesting way. This would result in higher quality guide services, which is particularly important when serving overseas visitors. Candidates who pass the assessment would become provisional R2Gs. They would be granted an R2G qualification upon completion of a six-month probationary period. Subsequently, all R2Gs would have to pass a re-assessment every two years to renew their qualification.

3.) Accredited Geopark Guide (A2G)

To maintain the high standard of our guided geotours and geopark guides, and to uphold HKUGG’s international image, the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong decided to enhance the quality of geopark guides by implementing a Geopark Guide Accreditation System. Only geotours led by accredited geopark guides will be recognised as quality geotours, and geopark guides accredited by the Council can use the title Accredited Geopark Guide (A2G). This qualification is subject to re-assessment for renewal every three years.

 

R2G
Website: http://www.hkr2g.net

 

Dos & Don’ts in Geopark Communications

Dos

  • Work towards developing the UNESCO Global Geopark brand as a high quality, global-geoheritage label working under sustainable tourism principles;
  • Work towards developing the UNESCO Global Geopark brand as a high quality, global-geoheritage label through effective communication;
  • Explore communicating the geoheritage message through unconventional yet holistic channels as well as by more conventional methods;
  • Involve non-specialists and non-geologists, while taking care to convey accurate information;
  • Make it interesting and fun. In short, the message should be understood by a 12-year-old.

Don’ts

  • Overload the public with geological jargon, understood only by specialists;
  • Give the impression that Earth Science is something untouchable to non-specialists;
  • Use complicated methods to convey geological messages;
  • Do anything to alienate the public from geology and Geoparks;
  • Damage the Geopark’s brand and reputation gained through its affiliation with UNESCO.

 

 
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