Climate and Environmental Change

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

  • National Park Lab, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China

Received date: 2006-09-30

  Revised date: 2007-02-02

  Online 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.

Cite this article

WANG Lianyong . Multi-designated geoparks face challenges in China’s heritage conservation[J]. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2007 , 17(2) : 187 -196 . DOI: 10.1007/s11442-007-0187-6