Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark set to twin with Hong Kong counterpart
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, which covers parts of Counties Fermanagh and Cavan, is preparing to twin with the Hong Kong Global Geopark, during a formal visit from senior public officials of the Hong Kong government.
Representatives from both Geopark management authorities will meet at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre on Saturday 26 May to sign the agreement aimed at strengthening their common interests in promoting tourism, conservation, education and sustainable development.
Members of both Fermanagh District Council and Cavan County Council, combined with members of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, hope that the twinning arrangement will serve as a conduit to reinforce cooperation and communication between the two Geoparks, with the common goal of geopark promotion, management and development.
Richard Watson, Geopark Manager at the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark explained why the twinning arrangement is so important for the region: "With over 80 UNESCO-endorsed Geoparks across the world, we can gain a huge amount of knowledge and expertise by working together and learning from each other's experiences. The location of the Hong Kong Geopark is particularly vital as it represents a valuable link between the east and the west, with strong links to both the People's Republic of China and to Europe. Twinning with the Hong Kong Global Geopark will therefore offer a wonderful opportunity to explore our common interests and open up the wonders of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark to a worldwide audience."
The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is seen as a world-leader in promoting and developing geo-tourism and welcomes the opportunity to not only share the success, but also to learn from other members of the Global Geoparks Network. The delegates from Hong Kong Global Geopark will also get the opportunity to visit the Marble Arch Caves, Cuilcagh Mountain Park and the Cavan Burren during their visit, in what looks set to be a historic occasion.