UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas that have geological heritage of international value. UNESCO Global Geoparks are managed by a body having legal existence recognized under national legislation. They promote sustainable local economic development mainly through geotourism. UNESCO Global Geoparks cooperate with other UNESCO Global Geoparks through the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), and regional networks for UNESCO Global Geoparks.

At present, there are 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 38 countries.  A webpage of each UNESCO Global Geopark is available. In Finland there is only one UNESCO Global Geopark, Rokua UNESCO Global Geopark. In addition to Salpausselkä Aspiring Geopark, there are two other aspiring geoparks in Finland at the moment: Saimaa Geopark and Lauhanvuori-Hämeenkangas Geopark