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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B52/S20.054

LEGAL FORMALITIES OF GEOPARK ESTABLISHMENT IN SLOVAKIA

L. Strba, B. Balaz, M. Lukac, B. Krsak, J. Adamkovic
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-18-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 5, Vol. 2, 407-414 pp

ABSTRACT
Worldwide geotourism growth and development often results in activities that are often connected to the geoparks - areas of geological heritage conservation, preservation and presentation. Geopark establishment represents one of the first steps in the process of geotourism development in any area. This paper is devoted to designation and description of legal formalities comprising of Acts and Announcements of Slovakia needed for geopark establishment in this country which has undisputed but still poorly used geotourism potential, including all the principal stages within the geopark establishment process: formation of the civil association, geopark building, and assessment of environmental impact. As geopark establishments positively affect geotourism development, support economic growth and sustainable development, it is desirable to make such activities that may help to run geoparks within geotourism
attractive areas.

Keywords: geopark, establishment, Slovakia, requirements