UNESCO Global Geoparks
On 17 November 2015, the 195 Member States of UNESCO ratified the creation of a new International Geosciences and Geoparks Programme and through this the creation of a new label, the UNESCO Global Geoparks, during the 38th General Conference of the Organization. This expresses governmental recognition of the importance of managing outstanding geological sites and landscapes in a holistic manner.
At present, there are 127 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 35 countries. The Lesvos island UNESCO Global Geopark was successfully revalidated in 2016 for the period 2017-2020.