This week two judges from the UNESCO Global Geopark Network will visit the Cuilcagh Lakeland’s Geopark to complete a four year review of the activities of the Geopark as part of the revalidation process.
The visit was due in 2020 but due to Covid was deferred for one year. Over the course of the three-day inspection the judges will visit Geopark sites in Counties Cavan and Fermanagh, meet with Geopark staff, senior staff in Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and Cavan County Council, Geopark Guides, representatives of local tourism business and the local community.
As chair of the Geopark Committee, I look forward to meeting and welcoming, the judges, Dr. Asier Hilario from the Basque Coast UNESCO Geopark and Jean Simon Pages from the Haute-Provence UNESCO Global Geopark to our Geopark.
The Geopark has made significant progress over recent years, many of the major sites have had upgrade works complete to improve the visitor experience, it had been rebranded as the Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark UNESCO Global Geopark, a dedicated team of staff have been put in place to manage and develop the Geopark based in Blacklion but working with colleagues in both local authorities. A Development Plan has been agreed by both Councils setting out the medium to long-term objectives of the Geopark and very large-scale funding has been put in place from Failte Ireland for the development of the Shannon Pot and the Cavan Burren Park.