UNESCO Global Geoparks

On 3-18 Nov 2015, 38th UNESCO General Conference had been held in Paris. The establishment of UNESCO Global Geoparks within the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP) approved. Also, all existing Global Geoparks accepted as UNESCO Global Geoparks !!!

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Result of the review for recertification as a UNESCO Global Geopark

February 2, 2018

The result of the review for recertification as a UNESCO Global Geopark in July 2017 was announced, and Toya-Usu UNESCO Global Geopark was recertified for two years.

On-site review for recertification as a UNESCO Global Geopark

July 24-27, 2017

The UNESCO Global Geoparks Network, to which Toya-Usu UNESCO Global Geopark belongs, requires its members to undergo a review once every four years. The second recertification review (on-site review) for Toya-Usu UNESCO Global Geopark was conducted, and two judges from the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network visited the geopark’s key sites and related facilities to carry out an investigation based on UNESCO’s evaluation standards.

Recertified as a Global Geopark

September 9, 2013

The Global Geoparks Network approved the continuation of the GGN membership of Toya-Usu Global Geopak on September 9, 2013 at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network Jeju Symposium, which took place on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea.

On-site review for recertification as a Global Geopark

July 24-27, 2013

A once-every-four-years recertification review (on-site review) was conducted for Toya-Usu Global Geopark.

Certified as a Global Geopark

August 22, 2009

On 22th of August 2009, the Global Geopark Network officially appointed the Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Geopark as Japan's first "Global Geopark".

On-site review for certification as a Global Geopark

July 17-19, 2009

The GGN (Global Geopark Network) Validation Mission took place for three days from the 17th until the 19th of July 2009 by examiners Prof. Ibrahim Komoo and Prof. Mohd Shafee Leman from Malaysia. In a short period of time, they visited the remains of the volcanic eruption, the volcano walking trails, the exhibition facilities, the Jomon period remains, a fruit farm, and so on in the area of the Toya-Usu Geopark.