Within the over-arching Global Geoparks Network (or GGN) are regional networks such as the European Geoparks Network and the Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network. In addition there are networks of National Geoparks within some countries.
- UNESCO Global Geoparks Network
- European Geoparks Network
- Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network
- African UNESCO Global Geopark Network
- Latin America and Caribbean Geoparks Network
- Non-networked UGGps in North America
1. UNESCO Global Geoparks Network
UNESCO began work with Geoparks in 2001 but it was 2004 when the seventeen existing European Geoparks and eight Chinese Geoparks came together at a meeting in UNESCO’s Paris headquarters that the Global Geoparks Network was born. From that time until the end of 2015, these Geoparks and others which subsequently joined the regional networks worked together in association with UNESCO. On 17 November 2017, the 195 member states of UNESCO agreed to establish the label of “UNESCO Global Geopark”, at which point all existing Geoparks became members and adopted the title ‘(Specific name) UNESCO Global Geopark’.
2. European Geoparks Network
The European Geoparks Network (or EGN) was formed in 2000 and has since grown into a network of 75 Geoparks across the continent from Iceland to Cyprus, the Azores to Poland.
3. Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network
The Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network (or APGN) was formed in 2007 and includes members in China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Iran and Vietnam.
4. African UNESCO Global Geopark Network
The African UNESCO Global Geoparks Network was formed in 2019 and includes all members throughout the continent.
5. Latin America and Caribbean Geoparks Network
The Latin America and Caribbean Geoparks Network was founded in 2017. It covers all of the UNESCO Global Geoparks within this region.
Non-networked UGGps in North America
See List of Geoparks in Canada and the United States which do not yet form part of any regional network.