Govt to seek Unesco status for Khorat Geopark
The cabinet has approved the move to seek Unesco Global Geopark status for Khorat Geopark on suggestions by the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, government deputy spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek said on Tuesday (November 19).
Obtaining Unesco Global Geoparks qualification requires that the site be rich in terms of geology, archaeology, ecology and cultural heritage. Also, there should be integrated conservation management, education, and sustainable development research.
There are 147 Unesco Global Geoparks in 41 countries, eight of which are in four Southeast Asian countries – Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
“Satun Geopark was given Unesco Global Geopark status on May 1, 2018,” Ratchada said.
“Khorat Geopark covers 3,167 square kilometres of Nakhon Ratchasima’s five districts – Muang, Chaloem Phra Kiat, Kham Thale So, Sung Noen, and Sikhiu,” she explained. “This geopark is considered a proper place for requesting Unesco status since there are 35 sites of natural resources, geology and cultural heritage.”
By being honored with geopark status, Thailand will gain extra recognition for its natural resources sites, which attract more tourists while creating jobs and providing additional revenue in local areas.