Project 692 - Geoheritage for Geohazard Resilience

IGCP project meeting in 2020/2021

Virtual meetings twice per month during 2020 and 2021

Two hemispheres – Americas - Europe, and Africa – Asia (covering two time zone 'spaces'):

Geoheritage for Resilience was kick started in October 2019 at the Colombia Global Geopark meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Manizales (Nevado del Ruiz Geopark project). This involved IGCP members traveling from Latin America (Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru). 

Due to COVID Project leaders have been holding virtual meetings:

  • 2nd webinar on Geoheritage for Geohazards Resilience, 22 December 2020: Registration here

Brief outline of the project

Geoheritage is the knowledge, communication and protection of the Earth's value to society. Geoheritage protects the Earth's environment and also protects people, helping them to know their landscape, to understand their hazards and to manage risks. Management comes through the identification of the geological elements (river courses, faults, volcanic rocks, etc.), placing them in a wider context, giving them meaning and a narrative that can be used in a sustainable development strategy that includes the local community's ability to react to, and absorb changes from multiple hazards. This makes the community resilient.

This project is for geoheritage and geohazards capacity building in developing counties using our experience of developing and managing geological sites that tell local environment stories, thus increasing knowledge and resilience, while protecting both Earth resources and local people.

It builds on more 30 years of experience of developing geological education sites, using a bottom up approach of community engagement with local government support. The objective is to empower areas with the capacity to communicate and manage geohazards, and to establish a global community for best practice in Geoheritage for Geohazard Resilience, especially, but not exclusively in UNESCO World Heritage sites, Global Geoparks and also other protected areas.

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