Percé: UNESCO Geopark

PERCÉ GEOPARC BECOMES UNESCO WORLD GEOPARK

Percé, 17 April 2018 - The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Géoparc de Percé are pleased to announce that the latter has just received the prestigious UNESCO Global Geopark label. This label recognizes sites that, like Percé and its magnificent Rock, bear witness to an exceptional geological heritage of international importance. The city of Percé hosts on its territory the first UNESCO World Geopark in Quebec and the third in Canada. The official request for this designation had been filed by the Gaspé organization in 2016.

"We are proud to welcome a new member to our Canadian Network, which already has two UNESCO Global Geoparks, Stonehammer, New Brunswick, and Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia. Spectacular witnesses to the diversity of our natural heritage, Geoparks play a vital role in ensuring the preservation, enhancement and sustainable development of areas of unique geological character. Through their educational mission, the Geoparks ensure an intergenerational transmission of knowledge related to the geological history and heritage of the territory. - Christina Cameron, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

"The organization of the Perce Geopark is honored to receive this designation and to become part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks network. We welcome the news with the desire to share it with the whole community. We want 2018 to further develop the education component, while continuing to promote local sustainable development. - Renaud Camirand, General Manager, Géoparc de Percé.

"It is truly a great honor for Percé to be part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. This prestigious label confirms that the site presents a geological heritage of international interest. I am sure he will make sure that the whole community puts his shoulder to the wheel so that this new status can be proudly displayed. The desire of the Geopark to continue to develop thematic partnerships in the coming years, with different players from Grand Percé, seems very promising for the future. - Cathy Poirier, outgoing president of the Geopark and mayor of Percé.

The UNESCO Global Geopark in Percé is located at the eastern end of the Gaspé Peninsula, in eastern Quebec. Located in the heart of the Appalachians, this great orogenic chain that covers the Atlantic side of the North American continent, Percé witnessed the birth of geology in Canada. It is in this region that Sir William Logan, the first director of the Geological Survey of Canada, began geological mapping of Canada.

The UNESCO Global Geopark of Percé, while committing to protect its territory, wishes to educate and educate visitors about the environment. The territory has a rich historical, geological and cultural heritage: historic buildings, a large network of hiking trails, various sites of geological interest including Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island.

Many artists and artisans actively contribute to the region's reputation and vitality. Located on the traditional territory of the Mi'gmaq people, Percé has witnessed a large part of its history. The Geopark strives to showcase this rich history through its activities and attractions.

The community of Percé is extremely involved in the Geopark, which was born of a local initiative through which local business people have invested in a solidarity cooperative. It is therefore with shared pride and a beautiful vision of the future that the Géoparc de Percé receives the UNESCO Global Geopark label.

About the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is the link between Canadians and the essential work of UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. By promoting UNESCO's values, priorities, and programs in Canada, and by sharing Canadian expertise internationally, the Commission contributes to a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future that leaves no one behind.

About the Perce Geopark Solidarity Cooperative

The Solidarity Cooperative of the Percé Geopark is the manager of the UNESCO Global Geopark in Percé, located at the eastern end of the Gaspé Peninsula, in eastern Quebec, Canada. The cooperative was born from the will of people from the Percé community to make known the exceptional geological quality of the territory. The main attraction, Rocher Percé, is the starting point of a long journey to find out more about 500 million years of Earth's history.

Contact information

Angèle Cyr
Manager, Public Affairs
Canadian Commission for UNESCO
613-219-1119
angele.cyr@ccunesco.ca

Marie-Claude Costisella
Communications Branch
Geopark of Percé
418-355-9488
lagencemcc@gmail.com

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