Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is moving forward with plans to establish a UNESCO Global Geopark in the district’s three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); Mourne, Ring of Gullion and Strangford & Lecale.
UNESCO Global Geoparks promote sites of international geological value and are the basis of local sustainable development. the UNESCO Global Geopark brand does not impose any restrictions on planning or development. it works with local landowners, businesses and communities to use the natural heritage as a tool for sustainable tourism, economic development and better involve people in their landscape.
The programme of work towards developing a functioning UNESCO Global Geopark has been initiated with a plan to submit a successful bid to UNESCO by November 2019.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please attend one of the open days taking place in April 2018.