May 2012: First Congress on Protected Volcanic Landscapes

"Volcandpark" is the first congress to be devoted to park management, awareness-raising and geotourism in protected volcanic areas. It will be held in Olot, Spain. Shared with CEC by Joseph Mallarach of WCPA.

A volcano in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

Volcandpark aims to act as a forum for debate and thought that will provide a link between knowledge of vulcanology and territorial planning and awareness in the people who work in these volcanic landscapes (e.g. national and natural parks and natural reserves).

The Congress will take place in Olot, Spain, a town lying wholly within La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, and will be organized jointly by the following:

  • La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Natural Environment of the Catalan government
  • Olot City Council
  • Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera (IJA) of the Spanish National Research Council   
  • Geological Institute of Catalonia
  • With support from the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior

The main objectives of Volcandpark are:

  1. To encourage an exchange of information and experiences between organisms and people managing and/or working in protected volcanic landscapes.
  2. To explain the importance of knowledge for raising awareness of volcanic landscapes at a territorial scale.
  3. To share knowledge and raise awareness regarding experiences in management, education and geotourism in protected volcanic landscapes.
  4. To identify how school children communicate and interpret the knowledge they gain from a visit to a protected volcanic landscape.

Who is it aimed at?

  • Scientists and other members of the university community working in research projects in volcanic landscapes who would like to make their results and findings more widely known.
  • Technical staff and managers in national and natural parks and other types of protected areas whose work includes the conservation of the natural heritage in volcanic zones and volcanoes.
  • Teachers and guides in volcanic zones who work on environmental educationprogrammes for local people and visitors from further afield.
  • Teachers who teach volcanism as part of the curriculum.
  • Professionals and businesses who work in the conservation of geological heritage.
  • Students of protected volcanic landscapes.
  • Professionals working in geotourism in volcanic areas.

In addition, the year 2012 marks both the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit in Rio, which for first time centred attention on the world’s socio-economic problems and highlighted the close links between economy and society, and the 30th anniversary of the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park.

For more information

All the information regarding the congress, news and on-line registrations forms will be available soon at: or write to

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