Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2007, Vol. 17 ›› Issue (2): 187-196.doi: 10.1007/s11442-007-0187-6

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Multi-designated geoparks face challenges in China’s heritage conservation

WANG Lianyong   

  1. National Park Lab, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
  • Received:2006-09-30 Revised:2007-02-02 Online:2007-06-25 Published:2007-06-25
  • Supported by:

    Lab Construction Support Funding for Returned Oversea Scholars, Ministry of Education, No.[2003]18


The author selects a thorny issue of doubled designations that bother pol-icy-makers, professional planners and managers in the field of conservation for protected areas. The analyzed case study areas cover 5 National Geoparks of China in Sichuan Prov-ince, 18 UNESCO Global Geoparks in China, and 219 World Heritage sites in China and 8 European nations. Through analysis and synthesis, the author concludes that doubled des-ignation, which also leads to unbalanced park distribution, is particularly prevalent in China other than in Europe. Therefore, on-site management agencies and related governments in China should carefully translate the doubled designations into responsibilities and harmoni-ous partnerships between all stakeholders in order to enhance the management effectiveness and avoid paper park phenomenon.

Key words: Sichuan, national geopark of China, UNESCO Global Geopark, World Heritage, doubled designation, heritage conservation