Contribution of geoconservation to nature resilience

As stated in IUCN resolution 4.040, geodiversity underpins biodiversity, and the conservation of geodiversity and geological heritage contributes to dealing with species loss and ecosystem integrity. To build resilience and strengthen nature (congress theme) it is crucial to understand natural processes and their evolution. The sustainable management of the most singular and representative geological sites requires geoconservation strategies that can only be pursued with adequate knowledge.

Appropriate inventories of geological heritage help manage protected areas, including its interactions with habitats and species, and also helps adequate planning of public use. Biodiversity benefits from geodiversity conservation and thus from the resilience induced by proper geoconservation.

IUCN resolution 4.040 called on IUCN´s members to support the Secretariat in the design, organization, hosting and funding of future IUCN World Conservation Forum sessions on geodiversity and geological heritage to ensure that this mechanism will achieve the widest possible involvement of government, independent-sector groups and international organizations around the world. Sadly enough, it is too frequent that the programming of IUCN events does not consider the possibility of incorporating the abiotic aspects of nature conservation. This round table attempts to improve this situation.

The round table is strongly linked to the theme "Valuing and conserving biodiversity", as biodiversity depends on abiotic resources (geodiversity) in order to be preserved. If the term biodiversity were considered inclusive and expanded to "nature diversity", our course would fit into the core of this congress theme.

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