The newly established Island Geoparks Working Group is an exchange platform for UNESCO Global Geoparks which include in their territories at least one whole island. A unique geographic environment, such as a remote island, affects various fields of the geopark’s activities and management issues. There are also many challenges that the island areas face due to their location, e.g. raising a united sense of awareness among local inhabitants, promotion of geotourism, attracting visitors from overseas as well as facilitating exchange of the local residents, especially children, with communities from other regions.
Langkawi Island Geopark (Malaysia), eju Island Geopark (Korea), Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark (Japan), Qeshm Island UNESCO Global Geopark (Iran), Lesvos Island UNESCO Global Geopark (Greece), Shetlands UNESCO Global Geopark (UK), Azores UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal), Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands UNESCO Global Geopark (Spain)