Atlantic Geoparks

Atlantic Geoparks Supported by the GGN ten European Geoparks along with two aspiring Geoparks and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro have been awarded funding by the EU Interreg Atlantic Area programme for a transnational economic, cultural and sustainable tourism development project.

 Atlantic Geoparks Project

The  Atlantic Geoparks Project aims to promote and dissiminate the geological and cultural heritage within the Atlantic Area as a basis for an economic development. The 30 month project which begun in July 2017 and aims to forge new tourism links along a defined Atlantic route through highlighting the common interests and heritage of the destinations along the route.

The project is funded through the Atlantic Area section of the European Regional Development Fund and the aim of the project is to strengthen the integration of tourism and natural heritage, reconciling tourism development with conservation of geology,biodiversity and cultural heritage in several territories in the EU including Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland and the UK.

The innovative aspect of the Project will be to advance transnational Geotourism along the western margin of Europe using UNESCO Global Geoparks and aspiring Geoparks as best practice models for regional and local sustainable development, including the development of a European Atlantic Geoparks Route which will be submitted as a candidate for a Cultural Route of the European Council.

Through a series of work packages the project will develop management toolkits, supports for aspiring Geoparks, a geodiversity conservation charter, geotourism monitoring system, an online presence with social networking, innovative ICT tools, and a community engagement programme.

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark assumes the role of communicating the work packages of the project.


Project partners:

  • University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal)
  • Arouca Geopark (Portugal)
  • Azores Geopark (Portugal)
  • Forest Fawr Geopark (UK)
  • Marble Arch Geopark (Northern Ireland / Ireland)
  • Basque Coast Geopark (Spain)
  • Lanzarote Geopark (Spain)
  • Sustainable Municipalities Community of Cantabria Aspiring Geopark (Spain)
  • PNR Armorique Aspiring Geopark (France)
  • North Pennines AONB Geopark (UK)
  • Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark (Ireland)
  • Copper Coast Geopark (Ireland)
  • GeoMon Geopark (UK)


About the INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme

INTERREG Atlantic Area is an European funding programme that promotes transnational cooperation among 36 Atlantic regions of five European countries. With a total budget of € 185M, being €140M of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), this programme co-finances cooperation projects in the fields of Innovation & Competitiveness, Resource Efficiency, Territorial Risks Management, Biodiversity and Natural & Cultural Assets.
The Atlantic Area covers the western part of Europe bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises regions from the western part of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Portugal as well as the northern and south westernmost part of Spain and western France.
The Programme main objective is to strengthen the integrated territorial development and cooperation in the Atlantic area.
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