Italy

Società Consortile Rocca di Cerere A R.L (Italy)

http://www.roccadicerere.eu/

Rocca di Cerere Geopark it is recognised under the EU Rural Development Policy 2014–2020 as a Local Action Group (LAG), representing a partnership which brings together public, private and civil society organisations from the rural territory of the Province of Enna (Agira, Aidone, Assoro, Barrafranca, Calascibetta, Cerami, Enna, Gagliano Castelferrato, Leonforte, Nissoria, Piazza Armerina, Pietraperzia, Regalbuto, Santa Caterina Villarmosa, Troina, Villarosa). LAG Rocca di Cerere Geopark coordinate the mainstay of the implementation of the LEADER approach. Its responsibilities include the development of local strategies for rural and sustainable development by valorising its endogenous development potential. Local partners include public authorities, universities, research institutions, SMEs and non-profit organizations. Rocca di Cerere Geopark has an extensive experience in programming, formulating, implementing and monitoring local actions plans, projects and initiatives to support rural development, sustainable tourism, geo-education and non-formal learning, geo-conservation and protection of natural resources in cooperation with local stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Rocca di Cerere UNESCO Global Geopark

Rocca di Cerere Geopark is the responsible authority for the Rocca di Cerere UNESCO Global Geopark. UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and

sustainable development. The purpose of a UNESCO Global Geopark is to explore, develop and celebrate the links between that geological heritage and all other aspects of the area’s natural, cultural and intangible heritages. Rocca di Cerere UNESCO Global Geopark is cooperating with local people and local stakeholders within the area to promote rural development, sustainable tourism, geo-education and nonformal learning, geo-conservation and protection of natural resources. Rocca di Cerere is also cooperating internationally through the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) and the European Geopark Network (EGN), in order to exchange good practices, co-develop innovative and joint actions, and, as a network, improve the quality of the label UNESCO Global Geopark.

The boundaries of the Rocca di Cerere UNESCO Global Geopark are determined from the territories of the nine municipalities that are included in the Rocca di Cerere UNESCO Global Geopark: Assoro, Aidone, Calascibetta, Enna, Leonforte, Nissoria, Piazza Armerina, Valguarnera, Villarosa. Enna is the principle town of the province and headquarter of the UNESCO Global Geopark. The area includes a: The Villa Romana del Casale. The territory offers a landscape rich in suggestions. Two of the most important archaeological sites of the Mediterranean can be visited: The UNESCO World Heritage Site “Roman Villa of Casale” and the Polis of Morgantina. The area includes the Mining Park Floristella, 4 natural reserves, museums, castles and churches, manifestations such as the Holy Week or the Palio dei Normanni. There you can practice activities in nature (nautical sky, sailing, canoe, free climbing, MTB, birdwatching, etc.) and taste typical products. The main educational centre is located in Pergusa, other educational activities are located in Rossomanno, Calascibetta, Altesina, Train Museum and Nicoletti Lake.

Link:

Rocca di Cerere UNESCO Global Geopark: http://www.roccadicereregeopark.it/

UNESCO Global Geoparks:

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural sciences/environment/earthsciences/unesco-global-geoparks/

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/earth-sciences/unesco-globalgeoparks/list-of-unesco-global-geoparks/italy/rocca-di-cerere/

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/earth-sciences/globalgeoparks/members/italy/rocca-di-cerere/

http://www.globalgeopark.org/aboutGGN/list/Italy/6484.htm

Focus on sport

Rocca di Cerere is promoting outdoor sports and recreational activities connected to nature inside the Rocca di Cerere UNESCO Global Geopark. Outdoor sports practices include geo-trekking, hiking, biking, natural training and geo-tours, nature-discovery and water sports. In a joint collaboration together with public, private and civil society organisations from the rural territory of the Province of Enna, since 2017 Rocca di Cerere is organizing the European Week of Sport promoting health-enhancing physical activities and the well-being of the inhabitants of the Rocca di Cerere UNESCO Global Geopark.