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Lanzarote expects geotourism boost with new status 

Geotourism on Lanzarote has received a major boost after a decision to include the island and the adjacent Chinijo archipelago in an international network.

Cabildo president, Pedro San Ginés says membership of the Global Geoparks Network, as agreed at its fourth international conference, will help to generate jobs through environmental activities.

The distinction recognises the ecological and environ-mental heritage of the territory linked to tourism.

Sr. San Ginés thanked UNESCO for its decision adopted in Japan, saying the title was hugely important, in addition to the Biosphere Reserve classification also granted by UNESCO.

Councillor for the environment, Echedey Eugenio thanked everyone who had been involved in successfully achieving the new status since October 2013.

The addition of Lanzarote and the little islands in the Chinijo archipelago to the World Geoparks Network recognises the exceptional geology of the island as well as the development of geotourism around various enclaves such as La Graciosa, La Geria arts and culture centre and the information and educational work carried out by the Cabildo and other institutions.