Tethys Geopark in Grevena makes bid to join UNESCO Global Geoparks Network
The ‘Tethys Geopark‘ in Grevena-Kozani is in the final stages of the evaluation of its bid to join the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network, following the arrival of international assessors from Japan and Hungary. These are now visiting sub-regions of international geological significance, such as the Bourinos Mountain where there are visible traces of the collision between the African and EuroAsian tectonic plates, the Milia region in Deskati, Grevena where the fossilised remains of mammoth dating back 3.5 million years have been found, and the collections of fossils at the Siatista Paleontological Museum.
The results of their inspection will be added to the dossier put together by the Western Macedonia Region and the final conclusions and official certification are due to be announced at the 8th UNESCO World Geoparks International Conference in Trentino, Italy in September.
There are currently five recognised UNESCO Geoparks in Greece, out of a total of 120 in 33 countries around the world, including the Lesvos Petrified Forest recognised in 2000, the Psiloritis Nature Park on Crete (2001), the Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park (2009) in the Peloponnese, the Vikos-Aoos National Park in Epirus (2010) and Sitia Natural Park on Crete (2015).