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EghtesadOnline: Secretary General of UNESCO National Commission in Iran Saadollah Nasiri Qeidari said here on Tuesday said that Qeshm Geopark would be registered on the list of UNESCO's Global Geopark Network by the end of summer.

Talking to IRNA, Nasiri Qeidari described the process of registration as lengthy and sophisticated.

Qeshm Geopark in the Persian Gulf, which is home to over 3,000 animal species, enjoys a unique situation in the region.

Nasiri Qeidari noted that Geoparks have significant scientific and geological value, apart from being a natural and cultural heritage.

Pointing to Hamoun Lake which has been registered in UNESCO's Global Geopark Network earlier, he said the lake is considered as a valuable resource for the country. 

Geopark is a territory encompassing one or more sites of scientific importance, not only for geological reasons but also by virtue of its archeological, ecological or cultural value.

Geopark literally means 'Geological Park' and semantically, is a vast area the boundaries of which are clearly specified and surrounds several remarkable geological phenomena (geological heritage) this area should be able to play an important role in economic development of the peripheral communities.

Qeshm Geopark sprawls over an area of 32,000 hectares on the western side of the island.

Unesco Qeshm Geopark Global Geopark Network Saadollah Nasiri Qeidari