The 7th International Summer University hosted by UNESCO Chair on Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development and Healthy Life Style, University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal 10-14 July 2023.
The 7th International Summer University intends that participants can experience an innovative practice in which they can confront the theoretical knowledge with concrete realities and good practices, regarding the management of the territories and the implementation of diverse initiatives, particularly those with local communities’ engagement.
This will be a worthwhile capacity-building offer for increasing society awareness on the value and principles of UNESCO Global Geoparks through an innovative way of teaching, creating a great opportunity for international cooperation and networking. This formative offer aims to stimulate learning and promotion of competencies, collaborative decision-making, and taking responsibility for present and future generations. At the same time aims to develop advanced capacity-building necessary for territorial management and to create or improve the technical skills of teams involved in the process of stablishing new Aspiring UNESCO Geoparks.
- Provide a broadband training course for students, researchers, managers, staff members, and civil servants, among others, on Geoparks and Sustainable Regional Development.
- Create awareness about the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals and how these can be implemented and developed by the UNESCO territories;
- Discuss the social relevance of the Top 10 Focus Areas of UNESCO Global Geoparks;
- Share and review critically a set of examples about Education, Science and Culture initiatives developed in the UNESCO territories;
- Impart knowledge, know-how and experiences on UNESCO territories and labels management and touristic promotion;
- Debate future perspectives for the development and affirmation of UNESCO territories.
- Discuss the pertinence of conserve and promote the natural and cultural heritage as basis for sustainable development and healthy lifestyles