Stars Valley Geosite Visitor Center

Qeshm Island, Persian Gulf

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Qeshm Island Gepark established in 2005 by supports of the Qeshm Free Area Organization, Geology Survey or Iran and UNESCO National Commission of Iran. Qeshm Island was a member of the GGN (as an ad-hoc manner under the auspice of the UNESCO) in March 2006 but Iran lost the brand in 2012 because of mismanaging. QFA applied again in Feb 2016 to grab the brand and finally Qeshm Island became a member of the UNESCO Global Geoparks on May 5, 2107 for 4 years.

QFA has an Action Plan (by Eckhart, 2008) and an accurate Development Plan (Piramoon Architects, 2011) that both emphasized on the necessity of the infrastructures including new access roads, visitors centres, info-points, environmental signages etc. other than many of activities. This building is in fact the first multi-function centre in which especially serves the visitor, local children and ladies, and ecotourists intended to visit the most popular geosite of the island, The Stars Valley.

These days it plays an important role for promoting the concept of the Geopark for both locals and tourists. In this occasion, we highly believe that the project should operate by villagers instead of the government. We suggest that QFA and other developers in the future pass the same way for managing their natural resources and pay attention on their buildings feature as a responsible architecture because buildings can be addressed as educational materials.

QFA: Qeshm Free Area Organization


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