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Valuing geodiversity and geoconservation : developing a more strategic ecosystem approach

Gordon, John E.; Barron, Hugh F.. 2012 Valuing geodiversity and geoconservation : developing a more strategic ecosystem approach. Scottish Geographical Journal, 128 (3-4). 278-297. 10.1080/14702541.2012.725861

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This paper reviews the values and benefits of geodiversity and geoconservation in the context of Scotland’s National Performance Framework and Strategic Objectives, particularly in relation to: economic development; climate change adaptation; biodiversity; science and education; and recreation, health and cultural inspiration. A key challenge is to improve the integration of geodiversity in environmental policy and in its implementation in order to deliver more holistic and sustainable environmental management and wider public benefits. This requires greater awareness and recognition of the key benefits and ecosystem services that geodiversity provides for society. With an overall objective of promoting integration of geodiversity into relevant policies and decision frameworks, we propose a more strategic, ecosystem-based approach to address: the future-proofing of ecosystem services, particularly in a context of climate change and rising sea-levels; conservation and sustainable management of geodiversity both in designated sites and in the wider countryside; raising awareness of the value of geodiversity and its contribution to ecosystem services; and improving understanding of geodiversity and key knowledge gaps. Such an approach is adopted in the Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1080/14702541.2012.725861
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Geology and Landscape (Scotland)
ISSN: 1751-665X
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 10 Dec 2012 13:23
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/20752

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