Remarks on the 1st International Conference on African and Arabian Geoparks ‘Aspiring Geoparks in Africa and the Arab World’ (El Jadida, Morocco, 20-28 November 2011)

Some 100 geoscientists from 34 countries – coming from all continents including Australia, America, Asia, Europe and mainly Africa – presented scientifically sound and exciting case studies of existing or planned Geoparks. All participants contributed to the conference’s key objectives: Promotion of Earth Sciences through Geoparks and activities related to Geoheritage, Geoeducation and Geotourism. A colorful ’bunch of flower’ under the subtitle ‘Aspiring Geoparks in Africa and the Arab World’ enriched the booming Geoparks initiative of UNESCO.