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2019 is a big year for us in the North West Highlands Geopark

This year we will have our fourth revalidation mission from the Global Geoparks Network.  Every four years a Geopark must be audited by the the Network and UNESCO to ensure it is functioning as a UNESCO Global Geopark. This means all aspects of our organisation will be scrutinised and evaluated by our peers and hopefully we will get the green light to keep our UNESCO status for another four years.  Revalidation assessments such as these make sure that all UNESCO Global Geoparks are held to the same high standards and are good places to live in, work in and visit.

As well as our revalidation mission this summer we will be hosting the UK Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks in May. This is a brilliant opportunity to share knowledge and get some expert advice from other Geoparks.  We’re looking forward to welcoming UNESCO Global Geopark representatives from Shetland, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Forest Fawr, GeoMon, English Riviera and Marble Arch Caves. Aspiring Global Geoparks from Black Country, Lochaber and Arran will also join us.

Across the year we will also have a busy schedule with guided walks, Geotours and other events. We will publish these on our events calendar and Facebook page.

Our Soil Fertility research continues with a new round of field work and analysis and there will be workshops for land owners/managers and communities to share what we learn.