What is a Geopark?
The Swabian Alb was named a "National Geopark" due to its important geological heritage in 2002. Two years later in 2004, the area was designated a European and Global Geopark and became a member of the European and Global Network of Geoparks. Since 2015 the Swabian Alb is a UNESCO Global Geopark.
"Geopark" is a designation for areas which have a particularly rich geological heritage. One of the tasks of a Geopark is to preserve this geological heritage, communicate information on geology to the general public and carry out scientific research within the park.
Awards and networks
The Geopark Swabian Alb is awarded as National, European and Global Geopark. Geoparks are a relatively young movement that was created around the turn of the millenium and has been growing continuously since then. All Geoparks work together to further establish the award "Geopark" and to raise the awareness of their topics.