For the last 20 years there has been a growing interest in the geosciences for topics related to geoheritage: geoconservation, geotourism and geoparks. Geoheritage: Assessment, Protection, and Management is the first and only reference book to cover these main topics as well as the relationship of geoheritage to other subjects such as landscapes, conservation, and tourism. The book also includes methodologies for assessment, mapping, and visualisation, along with case studies and colour images of some of the most important global geosites. This book is an essential resource for geoscientists, park and geopark managers, tourism and regional planning managers, as well as university students interested in geoheritage, geosites, geomorphosites, geoconservation, and geotourism. It also includes critical information on UNESCO's Global Geoparks, World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve sites, national parks and protected areas in general, land-use planning and nature conservation policies, and in the general contribution of geodiversity for sustainable development.
- Written by a panel of 46 authors from 14 countries in all continents
- Based on conceptual, methodological, and applied research carried out by academics and practitioners
- Includes 160 colour images and maps of geoheritage sites
- Features six case studies from sites in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America
Geoheritage: A Multidisciplinary and Applied Research Topic Emmanuel Reynard and José Brilha
Geodiversity 1. Geodiversity: The Backbone of Geoheritage and Geoconservation Murray Gray 2. Methods for Assessing Geodiversity Zbigniew Zwolinski, Alicija Najwer and Marco Giardino 3. Geodiversity Action Plans
A Method to Facilitate, Structure, Inform and Record Action for Geodiversity Lesley Dunlop, Jonathan Larwood and Cynthia Burek
Geoheritage 4. Geoheritage: Inventories and Evaluation José Brilha 5. The Specificities of Geomorphological Heritage Paola Coratza and Fabien Hobléa 6. Fossils, Heritage and Conservation: Managing Demands on a Precious Resource Kevin N. Page 7. Geoheritage and Museums Patrick De Wever and Michel Guiraud 8. The Landscape and the Cultural Value of Geoheritage Emmanuel Reynard and Christian Giusti 9. Geomining Heritage as a Tool to Promote the Social Development of Rural Communities Josep Mata Perelló, Paul Carrión, Jorge Molina, and Roberto Villas-Boas 10. GSSPs as International Geostandards and as Global Geoheritage Stannley C. Finney and Asier Hilario
Geoheritage and Conservation 11. The Conservation of Geosites: Principles and Practice Colin D. Prosser, Enrique Díaz Martínez and Jonathan G. Larwood 12. Geoheritage Conservation and Environmental Policies: Retrospect and Prospect John E. Gordon, Roger Crofts and Enrique Díaz-Martínez 13. Geoheritage and World Heritage Sites Piotr Migon 14. Geoheritage and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Viola Maria Bruschi and Paola Coratza
Uses of Geoheritage 15. Geoheritage: Getting the Message Across. What Message and to Whom? John Macadam 16. Digital Geovisualisation Technologies Applied to Geoheritage Management Nathalie Cayla and Simon Martin 17. Geoheritage and Geotourism David Newsome and Ross Dowling 18. Geoheritage and Geoparks José Brilha
Case Studies 19. Potential Geoheritage Sites in Ethiopia: Challenges of Their Promotion and Conservation Asfawossen Asrat 20. Geodiversity and Geoconservation in Land Management in Tasmania
A Top-Down Approach Chris Sharples, Peter McIntosh and Michael Comfort 21. Geoheritage Evaluation of Caves in Korea: A Case Study of Limestone Caves Kyung Sik Woo and Lyoun Kim 22. Managing Conservation, Research, and Interpretation of Geoheritage Assets at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, USA Herbert W. Meyer 23. Varvite Park, A Brazilian Initiative for the Conservation and Interpretation of Geoheritage Gilson B. Guimarães, Flavia Fernanda de Lima and Antonio Carlos Rocha-Campos 24. Techniques for the Monitoring of Geosites in Cabañeros National Park, Spain Andrés Díez-Herrero, Juana Vegas, Luis Carcavilla, Miguel Gómez-Heras and Ángel García-Cortés
Conclusion Geoheritage and Geoconservation: The Challenges José Brilha and Emmanuel Reynard
Emmanuel Reynard is a geographer and Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He chaired the working group on Geomorphosites of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) from 2001 to 2013, and has been president of the Working Group on Geosites of the Swiss Academy of Sciences since 2006. He is a member of the Executive Committee of IAG and Honorary Professor of the University of Bucharest (Romania). He develops research on geomorphological heritage and geotourism, water management in mountain areas, and geohistorical studies of landscape changes.
José Brilha is a geologist and Professor at the University of Minho (Portugal). He is President of ProGEO (The European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage), member of the UNESCO Global Geopark Evaluation Team and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and its Geoheritage Specialist Group. He was founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Geoheritage, member of the Geoheritage Task Group of IUGS, of the Portuguese Committee for IGCP and of the Portuguese Geoparks Forum. Currently, he develops applied research on geodiversity, geoconservation, and geoparks.