Introduction to GEOfood – an international brand for local food in UNESCO Global Geoparks

For Immediate Release – The Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark is pleased to have joined the international GEOfood initiative. We are preparing to roll out the GEOfood program in the spring of 2021 and will soon be hosting a series of information meetings for local producers, harvesters, restauranteurs, groceries, farmers’ markets and accommodation providers.

The GEOfood brand defines the “taste quality” based on local traditions and users, connected with geological heritage along with the history of the Geopark!   Read More >>>



New Year – New Staff at the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark

Debert, NS – The Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark welcomes everyone to 2021 with wishes for a safe and healthy year for us all. A big bonus in our Geopark world, is all our sites and activities are outdoors – one of the safest places to be in this time of COVID. Winter is a fabulous time to explore your favourite geosite, and you can be sure it will bring a fresh beauty and sense of wonder that you can’t experience in the summer months.   Read More >>>



Changes Front and Centre at the Geopark

Debert, NS – 300 million years ago in the Coal Age, the one world Pangea took shape. 200 million years ago in the Age of Dinosaurs, it began to rip apart, and the modern world was born. The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark is continuing the legacy established by the breaking apart of the super-continent Pangea and has established a new Geopark world.

At our Annual General Meeting last month, Chair Don Fetcher’s term came to an end. Mr. Fletcher has guided the Geopark well since our incorporation in January 2019, through all the development work and into our UNESCO designation in July of this year. He was instrumental in keeping the Board, staff and volunteers all rowing in the same direction and was so proud to host a COVID-style celebration in August 2020. We thank him for his outstanding leadership and determination to get the job done!   Read More >>>



The Cliffs Are Growing

Debert, NS, September 18, 2020 – Business is booming at the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark! September has been a busy month already as we moved into our permanent office in Debert and welcomed a new member to our team.   Read More >>>



Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Celebrates UNESCO Designation

August 11, 2020, Debert, NS – There are many good reasons for a party, but the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark has a special reason to celebrate. On Wednesday August 5, Board members and volunteers gathered with 150 invited guests to applaud the UNESCO designation which was received just a few short weeks ago. The Cliffs of Fundy has joined an elite group of only 5 Geoparks in Canada and only 161 Global Geoparks in 44 countries world-wide. The event was held outdoors at beautiful Five Islands Lighthouse Park. Our guests enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon and a chance to celebrate, while adhering to all the COVID-19 precautions. Don Fletcher, Chair of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark and Councillor for Cumberland County commented “A great day and a special thank you for all the hard work to get us to this special event. We accept the challenge and will strive to be the best Geopark in the world. Bring on the visitors!”   Read More >>>



UNESCO Bestows Prestigious ‘Global Geopark’ Status on Two Outstanding Sites in the Atlantic Provinces

Ottawa, ONT. (July 10, 2020) – The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canadian Geoparks Network are pleased to announce that the Cliffs of Fundy, in Nova Scotia, and Discovery, in Newfoundland and Labrador, have been designated UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Geoparks are sites recognized by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, for their exceptional geological heritage. Being designated a Geopark means having the ability to mobilize local stakeholders to preserve unique geological sites and educate visitors about them. Geoparks also play a leading role in fostering high quality, sustainable tourism and contributing to the vitality of local economies.

As inhabitants of the coasts of the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark for more than 11,000 years, the Mi’kmaq were the area’s first geologists. With more than 40 geosites across 125 km, visitors can discover the Earth’s incredible natural history, the world’s highest tides, Canada’s oldest dinosaur fossils, and magnificent landscapes steeped in Mi’kmaq legends, tales and culture, Acadian traditions, and a dynamic arts and food culture.   Read More >>>



Cliffs of Fundy Achieves UNESCO Global Geopark Designation

The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark, spanning the Fundy shore of Cumberland and Colchester counties from Apple River to Lower Truro, has officially been named a “UNESCO Global Geopark”. The prestigious designation was announced today at a meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board in Paris and is anticipated to be a catalyst for tourism growth in Nova Scotia.   Read More >>>



UNESCO Global Geoparks Council examines new applications

The UNESCO Global Geoparks Council is responsible for assessing revalidated and new UNESCO Global Geopark nominations, which are then submitted to UNESCO’s Executive Board for endorsement. At its fourth statutory meeting held in Lombok, Indonesia, from 31 August to 2 September 2019, the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council assessed 13 new applications for UNESCO Global Geoparks, five previously deferred applications, one extension request larger than 10% of an existing UNESCO Global Geopark, resulting in a new application, and 38 revalidations.   Read More >>>



Exciting Announcement from Cliffs of Fundy

The Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Geopark has cleared a major hurdle on the road to UNESCO designation.

The steering committee for the project has had its application accepted by the Canadian Geoparks Network, and has been approved for site evaluation by the Canadian National Committee for Geoparks this summer.   Read More >>>



Cliffs of Fundy Update Spring 2018

Application Progress 
The Steering Committee of the Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Geopark has submitted its application to the Canadian Geoparks Network, which will deliberate and determine if Cliffs of Fundy will proceed to the next step in becoming a Global Geopark. This is an exciting time for the committee! Spring and Summer are going to be busy with preparations for a possible site visit from the Canadian evaluation team.   Read More >>>



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The GEOfood program is coming to the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark. Read our press release and check out the interactive map. #cliffsoffundyIntroduction to GEOfood - an international brand for local food in UNESCO Global GeoparksFor Immediate Release – February 26, 2021 - The Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark is pleased to have joined the international GEOfood initiative. We are preparing to roll out the GEOfood program in the spring of 2021 and will soon be hosting a series of information meetings for local producers, harvesters, restauranteurs, groceries, farmers’ markets and accommodation providers.The GEOfood brand defines the "taste quality" based on local traditions and users, connected with geological heritage along with the history of the Geopark!The support to local communities, as well as the holistic and bottom-up approach which characterizes the UNESCO Global Geoparks is the core of the GEOfood brand. This brand has its routes within the UNESCO Global Geoparks, and it can be used only to identify foods grown, produced or harvested within these designated areas. This unique branding is also a way to demonstrate/educate about how the geological conditions have a positive impact on the quality of the food.GEOfood’s mission is to support the sustainable development of local communities, increasing the actions towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, the GEO food program impacts the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:• Goal # 2 – Zero Hunger – achieving food security, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.• Goal # 3 – Good Health and Well-Being - ensuring healthy living and promoting well-being.• Goal # 12- Responsible Consumption and Production – ensure sustainable consumption and production practices.• Goal # 14 – Life Below Water – conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.• Goal #15 – Life on Land – protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems; sustainably manage forests, combat desertification; halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.February 26, 2021Page 2 of 2The GEOfood initiative began in Norway and is widespread throughout Europe. The Cliffs of Fundy is the first Geopark in North America to adopt the GEOfood program. The GEOfood label and brand are well-known by international travellers and we anticipate this to be an excellent marketing tool for our local businesses once worldwide travel is resumes.Branding local food products and restaurants with the GEOfood label is a means to support the Geopark´s local communities. Promoting sustainable food production activities in our local communities, increases the awareness of the importance of the soil, the landscape, and the cultural heritage. GEOfood is also becoming a unique tourist opportunity for authentic experiences that enrich both the body and the mind! The more our local people become involved with the place and people that put quality food on their plates, the more they can understand and appreciate the roles of small producers and specific agricultural conditions that make their food possible. We can begin to feel more intimately connected with our surroundings and have a mindful approach in who we are supporting and what kind of health benefits we have from eating locally. In addition, there is less stress on the global environment and a reduced impact on climate change when food products do not have to be shipped great distances to the end consumer.For information on the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark and our geosites, tourism packages and various suggested itineraries, visit our website at fundygeopark.ca. We can be reached at our main office at 902-641-2225 or by email at beth.peterkin@fundygeopark.ca and look forward to hearing from you.www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/embed?mid=1I7o8hmRGD_d0T7jmpvpPHy2y8zQNxP4g ... See MoreSee Less
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What is a Geopark?

A Geopark is a designation that attracts tourists wishing to explore the connections between geology, local communities, culture, and nature. Geoparks are designed to promote tourism and celebrate a region’s uniqueness, and do not prohibit any land use.