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The Geoparks of Psiloritis and Sitia in Crete, Lesvos in the North Aegean and Troodos in Cyprus are geological heritage sites that are part of the European Geoparks Network and are officially recognized as a UNESCO Geopark since November 2015. This recognition demonstrates the richness of their geological and cultural heritage and the particular importance of this heritage in terms of scientific and educational value, quality, clutter, on a European and global level. At the same time it is a comparative advantage that highlights the unique development for opportunities and opportunities opened by promoting, protecting and exploiting this unique heritage and identity, for the sustainable development of local communities and their promotion as geo-tourist destinations of excellence. Within the framework of the joint effort to meet the above common goals and development needs, the 4 Geoparks, the Museum of Natural History of Crete and the Cyprus Forestry Department proceeded to the project aiming to common approaches among the partners, joint actions and common products and services, with the common objective of preserving and protecting natural and cultural resources and their exploitation for the development of geotourism and their promotion as geotouristic destinations throughout the year. It includes actions to improve existing infrastructures and create new , enrich and develop alternative activities, awareness and education of residents and entrepreneurs. The project is expected to have multiple and significant benefits a) for the region through increased attractiveness and visibility, as well as the extension of the tourist season b) for the residents through the enhancement of entrepreneurship, employment and diversification local of economy, and (c) for consumers through the supply of quality products and services.

Project start date: 2017-11-01

Project end date: 2019-10-31

Project status: Ongoing

 Total budget/expenditure: EUR 950.000,00

European Union funding: EUR 807.500,00

Cost of infrastructure: EUR 85.657,60

ERDF budget: EUR 807.500,00

Specific ObjectiveImproving the attractiveness of natural areas and cultural interest 
Thematic Objective(6) preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency by: 
Investment Priority(6c) conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage