Italy's 10 Geoparks received UNESCO recognition at the recent 38th Plenary Session of the UNESCO meeting in Paris. The geoparks organization was launched some years ago in order to meet the need to recognize, at an international level, sites of geological interest.
The Geoparks organization keeps track of climate change and examines the best ways to encourage renewable energy and green tourism in its sites, many of which are also areas protected by local, regional or national legislation.
Italy's Geoparks are located in the regions of Sicily, Sardegna, Liguria, Trentino, Campania, Tuscany, Piemonte and Basilicata/Calabria. However, given the varied geological structure of the country, the list is likely to be expanded in future.