During the 38th UNESCO General Conference on the 17th November 2015, the 195 Member States of UNESCO ratified the creation of the new label, UNESCO Global Geoparks. The recognition expresses the importance of managing outstanding geological sites and landscapes in a holistic manner by the governmental bodies.

Kinabalu Park is a World Heritage Site (WHS) property in inscribed in 2000, covering 16% of the total aKUGGp area. The park belongs to the state of Sabah and is managed by Sabah Parks, which is a specified government authority, gazetted under the Parks Enactment 1984. Sabah Parks is a statutory body under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, and is administered by the Sabah Parks Board of Trustee.

Aspiring Kinabalu also known as UGGp is located in Sabah, Malaysia. The area covers three districts which is Kota Belud, Kota Marudu and a part of Ranau, where four townships and 472 villages (Traditional and Indigenous) of the Kadazan-Dusun, Bajau and Rungus tribes occupy respectively. Most locals rely on the structure of the area and unique landscape where their main economic activities such highland agriculture, animal husbandry and tourism activities which provides a source of income for their necessities.

In total as of 2020, there is a total of 46 Geosite, 12 Protected Forest, 8 Cultural Sites and 8 Indigenous Village recorded under the Kinabalu Geopark. All these sites help established Kinabalu as a UNESCO Global Geopark.

Below map shows the entire Geopark, where it also indicates the location of respective Geosites, protected forest, cultural sites and indigenous villages.

Aspiring Kinabalu Geopark

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April 2021

Global Geopark Terrestrial Community Empowerment Dialogue

  • Date: 8th April 2021
  • One of the components under the Kinabalu Global GeoPark Program, is the Empowerment of Terrestrial Communities involving the districts of Kota Belud, Ranau and Kota Marudu. Terrestrial Community Empowerment under the Kinabalu Global Geopark Program needs to be implemented for the purpose of understanding community leaders and government officials on the Concepts, Attractions and Benefits of recognizing Kinabalu as a Global Geopark. For more updates, refer to Kinabalu Geopark Facebook Page.

Feb 2019

National Geopark Assessment

  • Date: 23 - 26 February 2019
  • 26th February 2019 – Sabah's National Geopark Assessment was held from 23rd to 26th February 2019 for a 3 day and 2-night meeting and site visit, participated by 16 panels. The assessment was led by Mr. Ludi Apin of Sabah Parks with Dr. Tanot Unjah and Dr. Shahrina Abdul Halim as the evaluators. Joining the assessment ... Read Brochure

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