New directions in geoconservation : Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter

Gordon, John E.; Barron, Hugh F.; Miller, Angus D.. 2012 New directions in geoconservation : Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter. European Geologist, 34. 48-52.

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Scotland’s geodiversity is world-famous as the foundation of a remarkably varied landscape, and the source of inspiration for many advances in our understanding of how the Earth works. This geodiversity also underpins most ecosystems and delivers essential benefits and services for society through its influence on landscape, habitats and species, economic activities, historical and cultural heritage, education, and people’s health and well-being. Understanding geodiversity is vital to inform climate change adaptation and sustainable management of natural resources, including minerals, the land, river catchments and the coast. With an emphasis on these wider benefits to society, Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter has been developed to promote and deliver a strategic approach to the conservation of geodiversity. As part of an ecosystem-based approach, and through the engagement of all relevant stakeholders, it represents an important step towards better integration of geodiversity and geoheritage conservation across a range of key policy areas. This article outlines the background to the Charter and its key aims and objectives as a model for a collaborative approach involving government, local authorities, public bodies, voluntary organizations, academics, teachers, commercial businesses, land owners and individuals in promoting and maintaining geodiversity.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Geology and Landscape (Scotland)
ISSN: 1028 - 267X
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NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 04 Dec 2012 15:23 +0 (UTC)

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