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Biokovo-Imotski Lakes Became a UNESCO World Geopark

Just a few days ago, the Council of UNESCO World Geoparks approved the nomination of Biokovo-Imotski Lakes Geopark as a UNESCO World Geopark. This prestigious recognition not only brings honor to the region but also offers a valuable opportunity to showcase its natural beauty, safeguard biodiversity, and promote sustainable tourism. Biokovo-Imotski Lakes Geopark is anticipated to officially join the list of UNESCO world geoparks in April 2024.

Biokovo-Imotski Lakes
Imotski Lake

This geopark, encompassing the captivating blend of mountain landscapes, remarkable caves, and stunning lakes, stands as a remarkable destination for enthusiasts of nature and adventure seekers alike. This remarkable development marks a significant milestone for Biokovo-Imotski Lakes Geopark, positioning it as the third UNESCO Geopark in the Republic of Croatia, alongside the “Papuk Nature Park” and the “Viški Archipelago.

Journey to UNESCO Recognition: The Path of the Imotski Region's Natural Wonders

In 2018, an extensive research initiative unfolded in the broader vicinity of Imotski city and its neighboring municipalities. The primary objective of this endeavor was to pave the way for the inclusion of these remarkable natural phenomena in the esteemed ranks of UNESCO’s Global GeoParks program. UNESCO Geoparks are designated areas renowned for their exceptional geological attributes, overseen through a holistic approach encompassing preservation, education, and sustainable development. 

Biokovo-Imotski Lakes

The Croatian Geological Society spearheaded this comprehensive research effort, encompassing on-site surveys, the identification of pivotal lithostratigraphic and structural sites, and in-depth examinations of the hydrogeological and limnogeological characteristics of the selected features. The culmination of these endeavors manifested in the publication titled “Imotska jezera” in 2019. This publication served as the inaugural stride in laying the groundwork for a forthcoming application to secure UNESCO Global GeoPark recognition for the area. 

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Biokovo

Crucially, this undertaking was made possible through the financial backing of the local municipal authorities and the support of the Imotski Tourist Board. By 2019, the Imotski Lakes Geopark Association had been established, assuming the mantle of leadership, operational responsibilities, and coordination in the ongoing preparations for the application. In 2020, with the valuable backing of the National Commission for UNESCO Geoparks within the Republic of Croatia, a collaborative application was submitted in tandem with the Biokovo Nature Park

Biokovo-Imotski Lakes: A Global Perspective on Geological Marvels

Obtaining the UNESCO distinction catapults the destination into the global spotlight, rendering it immensely alluring to travelers from around the world. It lays the groundwork for the burgeoning field of geotourism, an exceptionally captivating niche within the tourism industry that places geological and geomorphological marvels at the forefront of tourist fascination. This segment of the tourism sphere is recognized as one of the most rapidly expanding sectors among specialized forms of travel. 

Presently, there exist a total of 195 geoparks distributed across 48 countries across the globe. China boasts the highest count, with a remarkable 41 geoparks, followed by Spain with 16, Italy with 11, and Indonesia and Japan, each proudly hosting ten. Germany and Great Britain are home to nine apiece, while Greece lays claim to eight. Neighboring Slovenia presides over two geoparks, whereas Serbia boasts one, and Austria proudly harbors three. 

Biokovo-Imotski Lakes

The establishment of the Geopark Biokovo-Imotski Lakes within the borders of the Republic of Croatia holds profound significance in fostering an appreciation for the preservation of our geological and geomorphological heritage while concurrently propelling geotourism as a distinctive and unparalleled tourist allure. The geopark’s primary mission revolves around safeguarding, educating, and sustainably developing these unique and distinctive locales and landscapes of global geological import. Through this initiative, humanity reconnects with its terrestrial abode – the planet Earth – and its extraordinarily rich geological narrative, spanning an awe-inspiring 4.6 billion years. 

Discover the Geological Treasures of Croatia's Geopark Biokovo-Imotski Lakes!

Intriguingly, the Geopark Biokovo-Imotski Lakes offers an unparalleled invitation to embark on an extraordinary journey through time, unveiling the captivating secrets of our planet’s geological history. With UNESCO’s esteemed seal of approval, this Croatian gem beckons explorers and nature enthusiasts to witness its unique blend of majestic landscapes, from the towering peaks of the Biokovo mountains to the enigmatic allure of the Imotski Lakes. By visiting this geopark, you’ll not only be awestruck by its natural wonders but also contribute to its conservation and sustainable development. 

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in this geological marvel! Plan your visit to the Geopark Biokovo-Imotski Lakes and become a part of a global community dedicated to preserving our planet’s awe-inspiring heritage. Join us in discovering the Earth’s ancient story in this breathtaking Croatian haven. 

Book your adventure today and experience the wonders of Geopark Biokovo-Imotski Lakes! 

Your CTC Team

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