Conca de Tremp-Montsec’s geological record covers the past 550 million years. According to the UNESCO website, it is internationally recognized as a natural laboratory for sedimentology, tectonics, external geodynamics, palaeontology, ore deposits and soil science. Photo: Conca de Tremp-Montsec Projecte Geoparc.
Conca de Tremp-Montsec, a UNESCO Global Geopark
The brand-new UNESCO Global Geopark covers 2050 square kilometres, spanning 19 municipalities in four regions in Lleida: Pallars Jussà, Noguera, Pallars Sobirà and Alt Urgell.
The park’s geological record covers the past 550 million years. According to the UNESCO website, it is internationally recognised as a natural laboratory for sedimentology, tectonics, external geodynamics, palaeontology, ore deposits and soil science that helps understand the formation of the Pyrenees, the evolution of life on Earth and the life of the last dinosaurs in Europe before mass extinction.
The park is under the scientific direction of the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) reporting to the Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat of the Catalan Government. Its management body, however, is a non-profit association with representatives of all the towns in Pallars Jussà, three towns in Noguera (Àger, Camarasa and Vilanova de Meià), the town of Baix Pallars in Pallars Sobirà, and the regional councils of Pallars Jussà and Noguera.
The geopark has three facilities in Tremp: the science centre at the ICGC Centre d’Interpretació dels Sòls dels Pirineus, the administrative offices at the Tremp Town Hall and the Epicentre-Visitor Centre, welcoming tourists and offering tourist information.
Conca de Tremp-Montsec is the second site to become a UNESCO Global Geopark in Catalonia (the first had been Central Catalonia) and the twelfth in Spain. At present, there are 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 38 countries.