Jeju Province has announced that the World Geological Parks in both Jeju and the Shimabara peninsula, Japan, have set up a sister city partnership for the promotion of cultural exchange and cooperation.
The Shimabara Peninsula is east of Nagasaki City. On its north-eastern tip stands Shimabara City. The Shimabara Peninsula geo-park was officially certified as a World Geological Park in 2009, and has been recognized as Japan's first global geo-park. In the past year, the city played host to the fifth World Geo-parks Network Meeting.
Jeju's geo-park was introduced at the network meeting last year, where its global standing and recognition were greatly increased. Jeju’s geo-park received offers for business collaborations in many countries, including Japan, China, and Vietnam.
In the wake of the agreement, both Korea and Japan will strengthen the international network between their respective world geological parks, and will expand on ideas for their conservation and management.
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