A one-day intensive course dealing with both theoretical and practical issues, and oriented to increase awareness about geodiversity and geoheritage, a subject recently incorporated into nature conservation and recommended for this WCC by Res. 4.040.
Nature has both biotic and abiotic components, and together form natural diversity at all geographical scales, from local to landscape, regional and continental scales. Geological heritage (together with biological heritage) forms part of natural heritage and must be considered by nature conservation (IUCN Resolution 4.040). The latest developments and advances in geoheritage conservation are still rather unknown within the nature conservation community. This course aims to raise awareness about geoheritage and geodiversity, and their important links to the wider nature conservation strategies.
Morning (theoretical development and discussion of models):
o Basic concepts on the 5 new "geos": geoheritage, geodiversity, geoconservation, geotourism and geoparks
o Relation with biodiversity at different scales and within the nature diversity context
o Methodologies and inventories. Examples. Global Geosites Project.
o Strategic planning for geoheritage conservation. Types of initiatives.
o International conventions, national laws and local regulations. Examples.
o Interpretation of geological heritage
Afternoon (practical development and discussion of examples):
o Geoparks, natural monuments, geological reserves and parks, etc.
o Geotourism initiatives: geoheritage for development
o Public outreach initiatives: learning from experience
o Conservation strategies: protection, restoration, mitigation
o Geoheritage and geodiversity in area planning and landscape planning
o Sharing knowledge: where is the information and how to contribute