Moreover, in order to better pursue the protection and enhancement of the geological, environmental and historical-cultural heritage present in its territory, in 2013 the Park applied for admission, for the entire territory included in the protected area, to the European and Global Network of Geoparks, preparing specific technical elaborations of which the identification and characterisation of the 75 Geosites represented the primary but not exhaustive technical-scientific basis.
The candidacy dossier and its annexes were accompanied by authoritative letters of support from the Rectors of the Universities of Calabria and Basilicata, the National Commission for UNESCO, Ispra, the Regional Associations of Geologists of Calabria and Basilicata, and the National Order of Geologists.
The candidacy was accepted and in September 2015 in Rokua (Finland) the Pollino National Park became part of the European and Global Geoparks Network EGN/GGN under the aegis of Unesco.
In addition, the Global Geoparks Network, at the Unesco General Assembly held on November 9-10, 2015, unanimously approved the Global Geoparks program by making it a Unesco Priority Project as an International Geosciences and Geoparks Program.
The file on the Unesco website