Geoheritage and Geodiversity Conference
First Meeting of ProGEO Regional Working Group SW Europe (France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain)
Caravaca de la Cruz (Spain), 15-18 September 2010
This meeting is also open to anybody interested in geoconservation and geoheritage, whether members or not of the aforementioned organizations. It will be an excellent occasion to deal with, share and promote initiatives and projects having in common the geoheritage of southwestern Europe.
This first decade of the 21st Century has seen a fast advancement of concepts and ideas in geoconservation, numerous initiatives have been taken in this direction, and many colleagues are becoming interested on the subject and willing to contribute. In this sense, it is important to hold periodical meetings in order to share and learn, contribute and participate.
The celebration of the event in conjunction with the IGCP Spanish Committee is not trivial. So far, the results of IGCP Projects have allowed to recognize and set aside numerous localities worldwide, which show uniqueness in their fossil record, stratigraphic significance, geomorphological features, etc., and which frequently are of global relevance. These findings prompted conservation programs such as Geosites and Geoparks to the IGCP. The inventory, characterization and proper management of these localities will allow their preservation, thereby building mutually beneficial relationships between geoscientists, site owners and/or local and regional authorities.
• Geopark of Cabo de Gata-Níjar (Almería, Andalusia).
• Geopark of Maestrazgo (Teruel, Aragón).
• Geosites of Murcia Region (sites of geological interest recently proposed under the international programme of IUGS and UNESCO).
• Mining in the Cartagena-La Unión Ranges: A model for management of geological and mining heritage.