Located in the central part of the Gediz Graben and west of the inland western Anatolian Plateaus in the Aegean Region, the Kula-Salihli geopark covers the entire administrative borders of the Kula and Salihli districts of Manisa. The total area of the Geopark is 2320 square kilometers.
Located in an area where stress tectonics are active and effective, the Kula Geopark and its surroundings show a very complex geological and tectonic structure and a rich geomorphological structure. The Geopark contains evidence of the globe's more than 200 million years of history, from Paleozoic aged metamorphic rocks (schist, gneiss) to prehistoric volcanic eruptions, and in this respect, it hosts a very rich geodiversity.
Turkey's youngest volcanic area of Kula Salihli someone who is inscribed in the field of natural, geological, location is the most important area in terms of Turkey's cultural and archaeological riches because of geotourism. Salihli-Kula Geopark (the Geopark Kula) of Turkey and the Turkish labeled a UNESCO World Geopark is the first and only.
Geopark Municipalities Union
Geopark Municipalities Union was established in cooperation with Manisa Metropolitan Municipality, Kula Municipality and Salihli Municipality in order to promote Manisa's natural riches better and develop its tourism potential. The union was officially established with the approval of the Manisa Metropolitan Municipality Council's bylaws of the Geopark Municipalities Union and the publication of the decision of the Council of Ministers on March 14, 2016 in the official newspaper. The center of the Geopark Municipalities Union, which was established with the initiatives of the Manisa Metropolitan Municipality Cengiz Ergün, became the district of Kula. With the contribution of these three municipalities to the budget, the Kula Geopark has become stronger.
The aims of the Geopark Municipalities Union at local, national and international scale are as follows:
a) To provide the necessary financial and logistical support for the Geopark field to operate in accordance with the European and UNESCO Geoparks Network standards.
b) To take part in the management and planning of the Geopark, to develop methods for the conservation and sustainable use of the geological heritage and to carry out pilot applications.
c) Planning, financing, implementation and operation of tourism infrastructure facilities and services required to use the Geopark as a socio-economic local development tool through geotourism.
d) To organize travel and nature education programs and activities for students at various levels.
e) Conducting a Geopark Organizing interviews, events, publishing such as books, maps and bulletins for the acceptance and adoption of the Geopark concept by the society.
f) To train and employ administrative, technical and service personnel to be employed within the Geopark.
g) Demonstrate the Geopark Turkey's potential and to make strategic plans of the new course for the future removal of national geosite inventory.
h) Organizing activities (conferences, trips, meetings) to ensure the integration of local administrations with geopark potential.
i) To carry out promotional, informing and awareness-raising activities for the national recognition and acceptance of the Geopark concept.
j) To find the value it deserves the place of Turkey's rich heritage represents at international scientific meetings to promote.
k) Participating in meetings where decisions are made regarding the current functioning and future of geoparks and defending the interests of the country in these.
l) To attend the meetings and developments abroad by foreigners visiting Turkey on behalf of geoparks to follow.
m) Hosting regularly held international events (European Geoparks Network Meeting).
Geoparks are special nature conservation areas, where different or the same type of geological heritage of international importance are located, managed and planned. Elements that explain the formation of the earth's crust, representatives of a known event, rare or extremely large formations are defined as geological heritage.