Yesterday, April 17, UNESCO certified that Conca de Tremp-Montsec GeoparK project, where Vall Fosca is also included, has the UNESCO Geopark Certificate.
The Conca de Tremp-Montsec project becomes, in this way, the second Geopark of the Catalan territory, where there is already that one of Central Catalonia, and the 12th one in Spain. With more than 2,000 km², the Geoparc Conca de Tremp-Montsec is made up of 19 municipalities: 14 from Pallars Jussà, 3 from La Noguera -Àger, Camarasa and Vilanova de Meià-, Baix Pallars, Pallars Sobirà and Coll de Nargó (Alt Urgell).
UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. A UNESCO Global Geopark uses its geological heritage, in connection with all other aspects of the area’s natural and cultural heritage, to enhance awareness and understanding of key issues facing society, such as using our earth’s resources sustainably, mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing natural disasters-related risks. By raising awareness of the importance of the area’s geological heritage in history and society today, UNESCO Global Geoparks give local people a sense of pride in their region and strengthen their identification with the area. The creation of innovative local enterprises, new jobs and high quality training courses is stimulated as new sources of revenue are generated through geotourism, while the geological resources of the area are protected.