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Global Geoparks become UNESCO Sites

UNESCO – the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture –announced a new programme on the 17th November which creates UNESCO Global Geoparks. This is the first new UNESCO programme to be established in over 40 years and puts the Global Geoparks alongside UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Previously operating with the informal support of UNESCO, the status of Global Geoparks will be formally recognised under the new programme.

The award of the UNESCO brand is expected to further enhance the  work of the North West Highlands Geopark, helping to create new international funding and partnership opportunities, attract national and international visitors, and raise awareness of the North West Highland’s unique geological heritage. All  Geoparks have internationally significant geology but what sets Global Geoparks apart is that they are locally-led partnerships that work to support sustainable economic development of the area. They do this primarily through geological and eco-tourism with activities such as developing geo-trails and projects to bring geology to life for people and holding festivals and events.  They also organise education projects in schools and communities. This year the North West Highlands Geopark has run events such as the Lochinver Climbing Festival, Earth Science workshops and Geo-what? an event organised to introduce the Geopark concept to local businesses.

Cllr George Farlow, Chair of North West Highlands Geopark said: “We have worked at becoming a UNESCO Global Geopark for over 10 years now. As one of the first fifteen European Geoparks, today should have been one for celebrations and we should be putting the Champagne on ice for our AGM on Saturday, but we shall have a minute’s silence instead. We are grateful to UNESCO Headquarters Staff in Paris for the way they have conducted business at this time.”

Come along to our Annual General Meeting  at The Rock Stop

21st November 2015 at 2pm

 The meeting will start at 2 pm but come along from 1pm to meet the directors and staff. We will also be joined  by Mr W J Ross, Chairman, Scottish Natural Heritage

Come and see what we have been up to 2015 and help us plan 2016 
Last month we took a series of Earth Science workshops to every school in the Geopark including Ullapool High where Coigach and Assynt students are in attendance.  The workshops were run by Dr Hannah Mathers from the University of Glasgow and as well as learning how glaciers shaped our landscape students were invited to submit entries to a poster competition to be judged the following week at a series of Earth Science based talks across the Geopark.
Young people from Achiltibuie Primary, Kinlochbervie High, Ullapool High and Lochinver Primary all submitted posters and the standard was incredibly high making it a really close competition. The winning poster shown above was a joint entry from Gemma Flett and Caitlin Corbett of Kinlochbervie High School, it will be turned into a bus advert to promote the North West Highlands Geopark during 2016. 
Dr Laura Hamlet, Information Officer at North West Highlands Geopark said: “We had a really interesting selection of talks for Earth Science week. These  included the effects of glaciation in the North West Highlands, ways to “X-ray” the Earth, a climbers view of our amazing geology and the impact of a Tsunami here 8,200 years ago. It’s been fantastic to share the wonderful science that helps us better understand our Earth and perhaps inspire a few Earth Scientists for the future too”.
The talks are available as podcasts here. The workshops and talks were sponsored by the Quaternary Research Association and the London Geological Society with support from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Lunch at The Rock Stop

Hearty Autumn Menu served
Thursday to Sunday until Christmas 

open 11-dusk

Soup with bread : £4.50
Soup with a toastie : £5.95
Quiche with salad : £5.95
Meat or Veggie Stovies with Oatcakes : £7.95
Venison Stew : £9.95
Tea or Coffee + Cake : £3.50

Selection of fresh  or toasted sandwiches
Check out our shop for Christmas gifts – Books, Arts, Crafts and Geopark stuff or alternatively just come in, warm up and enjoy the view .. and don't forget we're dog friendly so you can bring your canine companion along too.
North West Highlands Geopark Limited is a social enterprise which re-invests profits to ensure ongoing development of geo-tourism projects, conservation and educational programmes. Our funding comes from government grants, private sector sponsorship, income from tours and donations, click here to donate online.
We have made tremendous progress with  refurbishment and fit-out of The Rock Stop at Unapool. We are still seeking sponsors for the exhibition so if you or your company would like to support us contact Mike on 01971 521301 or
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