Villuercas-Ibores-Jara has been recognised on the Global Geoparks Network since 2011
The Global Geoparks Network (GGN) is the international association of Global Geoparks of the UNESCO and its professionals. It is committed to the conservation, management, and communication to society of the natural, cultural, tangible, and intangible heritage of the Earth.
The GGN was founded in 2004 as an international association under the auspices of the UNESCO with the aim of developing the best practices and establishing quality standards for territories committed to combining the protection of the Earth’s geological heritage with sustainable development strategies.
The creation of continental networks (European, Latin American and Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, and African networks) and collaboration between global geoparks is an important feature of the GGN.
The UNESCO encourages this cooperation, especially in the fields of education, management, tourism, and sustainable development. Likewise it drives regional collaboration between the members of the network, with particular attention being paid to the equitable geographical development of global geoparks.
GGN has a 2022-2023 Strategic Plan that can be find in this page.
The GGN promotes the creation of networks at a regional level such as the Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN), the European Geoparks Network (EGN), and the Latin American and Caribbean Geoparks Network (LACGN).