Baringo County to be listed as the first Geopark site in the country, if approved by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
This would become the third geopark site in Africa after Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater and M’Goun Mountain in Morocco.
A geopark is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – designated area containing one or more sites of particular geological importance, intended to conserve the geological heritage and promote public awareness of it, typically through tourism.
Senior Scientist Kenya Museums, DR Emma Mbua said that they are on the final stages and are yet to submit their application to UNESCO for approval.
“We are nearing the completion of this process upon which we will submit our application to UNESCO to be granted a certificate.” Said Dr. Mbua.
She noted that Baringo is more likely to be approved because it has met nearly all prerequisite considered by UNESCO when gazetting geoparks.
Baringo is located in Rift valley, has two lakes and plenty of rivers, hills, waterfalls and caves.
“The landscape here is quite spectacular, the geology of the area you know makes it one of the unique areas,” Mbua added.
Dr Mbua also noted that the oldest human remains, were discovered in the region dating back to between six to seven million years ago.
“We have here the oldest human remains and pre-history is going to be one of the major components of attraction once Baringo becomes a Geo-Park because these resources are quite rare,” she noted.
She added that the Geo tourism is now picking up globally and once designated as a geopark Baringo is going to receive more tourist.
UNESCO representative George Eshiamwata noted two Geopark sites in Africa have been designated out of the 169 sites globally.