The Guadix Basin (Granada, Spain) presents an exceptional Quaternary paleontological record of large mammals and a unique sedimentary record of climate and paleoenvironmental changes which are the basis for an innovative set of actions in this Mediterranean region of southwest Europe. The poster shows how well-planned management allows for the conservation and proper public use of highly-vulnerable and non-renewable paleobiological resources and modern semiarid badlands, both of them unique for Europe.
The state-owned field-based paleontological station of Fardes River Valley promotes research and outreach, whereas the European Quaternary Geopark protects the geoheritage and promotes outreach activities and geotourism in the area, both contributing towards its socioeconomic development.
The geological record of the evolution and changes affecting species, habitats and climate in the region during the last 2 million years helps understand the current status, predict potential changes, and propose viable alternatives for adaptive management. From a paleobiological hotspot to semiarid badlands, this conservation project attempts to promote integrated knowledge and proper management of geodiversity and biodiversity, while contributing to support local communities. Stakeholders in the project are both government institutions from different levels (national, regional and local) as well as regional and local NGOs.