Baringo is set to become Kenya’s first geopark if it is granted approval by the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO defines Global Geoparks as single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with for protection, education and sustainable development.
The Rift Valley town will join Morocco’s M’Goun and Tanzania’s Ngorongoro to become the only three active geoparks in the continent. Dr. Emma Mbua, Senior Scientist Kenya Museums said that they are nearing the completion of this process upon which we will submit our application to UNESCO to be granted a certificate.
Baringo boasts of having two lakes and plenty of rivers, hills, waterfalls and caves which is a prerequisite UNESCO considers when gazetting geoparks. The oldest human remains, dating
According to Mbua, Geo tourism is picking up globally and once designated as a geo-park there are many visitors who would want to visit Baringo which will lead to an influx of tourists in the region.