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IAT Presents at Geoparks Conference

On September 3-5, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the European Geoparks Conference in Oulu, Finland, where he gave a presentation on the International Appalachian Trail and its connection to Global Geoparks. The IAT crosses 12 Global Geoparks and Aspiring Geoparks in Canada, Western Europe and Morocco.


The 3-day event was held at the University of Oulu and the nearby Rokua Geopark, and was attended by over 400 representatives from European, Canadian and other Global Geoparks and Aspiring Geoparks.

University of Oulu


Day One began with opening welcome by local officials - including Conference Chair Vesa Krökki - and keynote speeches by Global Geoparks President Professor Nickolas Zouros and UNESCO Representative Dr Margarete Patzak

Opening Cerenonies2015 European Geoparks Conference Opening Ceremonies (click to enlarge)


followed by a variety of themed presentations by geopark, tourism and conservation organizations.

Day One PresentationsDay One Presentations (click to enlarge)


Many focussed on the development and maintenance of Global Geoparks

while the IAT presentation - entitled International Appalachian Trail partners with European Geoparks - introduced the IAT and its potential connection between Geoparks found along the IAT route, and was given in association with Carlos Neto de Carvalho and IAT partner Naturtejo Geopark of Portugal.



IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol giving a presentation on the IAT and Global Geoparks


For more on the story, go to the IAT website