While the Discovery Aspiring Geopark Inc. (DAG) has been over 13 years in the making, with a board of members working tirelessly to secure UNESCO World recognition for the upper half of the Bonavista Peninsula, you could say—with the unique formations of fossils and rocks in the region—it’s actually been half a billion years in the making.
Now, after the DAG held its second annual general meeting this month, they are closer than ever to potentially becoming a UNESCO Geopark.
This past year saw a national site evaluation, which pre-empts a recommendation to the international selection committee. After this application is complete this fall, there will be an international site visit sometime in summer 2019, with a decision made next September.
UNESCO will officially announce global Geopark designations in April 2020.