WORKSHOP: Contribution of geoconservation to nature resilience

Geodiversity underpins biodiversity. The conservation of geodiversity and geological heritage helps combat species loss and improves ecosystem integrity. In this round table session, the European Association for Conservation of Geological Heritage (ProGEO) will attempt to increase the incorporation of the abiotic processes of nature into conservation efforts.

Rocky desert Photo: IUCN WAME
  • DATE: 11 Sep 2012
  • TIME: 11:00 - 13:00
  • ROOM: Yeongju B

The sustainable management of the most singular and most representative geological sites requires geoconservation strategies that can only be achieved with adequate knowledge. Appropriate inventories of geological heritage, including interactions with habitats and species, are useful tools for managing protected areas and aid the adequate planning of public land-use.

This IUCN World Conservation Congress Forum session on geodiversity and geological heritage will help ensure the widest possible involvement of government, independent-sector groups and international organizations around the world. It ties into the theme "Valuing and conserving biodiversity" which is strongly linked to geodiversity.

ProGEO has been an IUCN Member since 2011. At present, IUCN has a resolution to accept geo-conservation as one of its tasks and a motion on conservation of geoheritage within the IUCN Global Programme for 2013-2016 will be represented by ProGEO at Congress this September.

This event is organized by the Geological Society of Spain (SGE) in partnership with the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), ProGEO, European Geoparks Network (EGN) and the Center for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN Med).



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