An Emerging Paradigm for the UNESCO Global Geoparks: The Ecosystem’s Health Provision
AbstractDuring the 38th General Conference of UNESCO, the Member States ratified the creation of the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP) expressing governmental recognition of the importance of managing outstanding geological sites and landscapes in a holistic manner. In this context, the importance of human interactions with the natural environment to promote healthy lifestyles was primarily a response to the need to preserve and enhance the value of the UNESCO Global Geoparks as well as highlighting their usefulness for the sustainable development of local populations. The aim of this paper is to suggest an interdisciplinary approach to be applied to UNESCO Global Geoparks for a standardized survey and grading methodology that can be used to assess the ability to provide and promote healthy lifestyles, which is called the Ecosystem’s Health Provision Spectrum (EHPS) on an ecological scale. The suggested EHPS is in line with UNESCO’s priorities, in particular with the IGGP and its motto of “Geosciences in the Service of Society”. Therefore, the EHPS on an ecological scale will be another important tool for the UNESCO Global Geoparks, facilitating efficient management and promoting economic development, wellbeing and health. View Full-Text
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Gabriel, R.; Moreira, H.; Alencoão, A.; Faria, A.; Silva, E.; Sá, A. An Emerging Paradigm for the UNESCO Global Geoparks: The Ecosystem’s Health Provision. Geosciences 2018, 8, 100.
Gabriel R, Moreira H, Alencoão A, Faria A, Silva E, Sá A. An Emerging Paradigm for the UNESCO Global Geoparks: The Ecosystem’s Health Provision. Geosciences. 2018; 8(3):100.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gabriel, Ronaldo; Moreira, Helena; Alencoão, Ana; Faria, Aurélio; Silva, Elizabeth; Sá, Artur. 2018. "An Emerging Paradigm for the UNESCO Global Geoparks: The Ecosystem’s Health Provision." Geosciences 8, no. 3: 100.