The Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark, which is the first park in the world to go beyond borders, is now part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network, writes. The title is as equally prestigious as being part of a World Heritage site, or the Man and the Biosphere Programme.

The letter of admission was sent by Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for the Narutal Sciences at UNESCO, as a response to the letters that were sent by the Hungarian and Slovakian National Commissions.

The Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark includes 64 settlements on the Hungarian side and 28 settlements on the Slovakian side. Now that the park is part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network not only will it get more international attention, but the government will also found the Hungarian Geopark Committee, which will represent the Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark and the Bakony-Balaton Geopark that are also part of the Global Geoparks Network.

In order for the Geopark to get the prestigious title, it had to renew its membership in the Global Geoparks Network, which was done for four additional years in 2014.

The House of Geomiracles was opened in June 2015 in the heart of the Novohrad–Nógrád Geopark, Salgóbánya, and the Geopark Educational, Research and Management Centre was opened in October 2015. The Centre is organizing different programs every year; one of the most exciting ones are the hiking-biking-and riding tours, the Geopark Week in May, and their most popular one, the Medves Photo Marathon between 3-5 June 2016.

Photo: Novohrad – Nógrád Geopark Facebook page

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