Special Issue "Selected Papers from the “14th European Geoparks Conference”"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. João Carlos Nunes

Departamento de Geociências, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade dos Açores, Rua Mãe de Deus, 9501-801 Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal
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Interests: volcanology; geological mapping; thermal waters; geoconservation; geoparks; geotourism
Guest Editor
Prof. Ross Dowling

School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027, Australia
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Interests: geotourism and geoparks development, sustainability, impacts and opportunities; cruise ship tourism development, growth and industry impacts; ecotourism planning, development, management and impacts; regional tourism planning and development
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maria Helena Henriques

Departamento de Ciências da Terra, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (Polo II), Universidade de Coimbra, Rua Sílvio Lima, 3039-790 Coimbra, Portugal
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Interests: palaeontology; biostratigraphy; jurassic; geoconservation; education for sustainable development; science communication

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The 14th European Geoparks Conference (EGNAZORES2017) will take place at the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark (www.azoresgeopark.com), 7–9 September, 2017, with the theme “Geoparks: Pathways of Sustainable Tourism for Development” (www.egnazores2017.com).

The conference is deeply engaged with the United Nations declaration of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development; thus, contributing to promoting the UNESCO Global Geoparks, collectively, as sustainable tourism destinations, build new links between geoscientists from all over the world developing research on geoconservation with the international tourism market, and raising the profile and visibility of the UNESCO Global Geoparks among the main players in the tourism industry.

The topics to be addressed in the EGNAZORES2017 include:

  • Geoparks and sustainable tourism
  • Conservation, science and research
  • Education, public awareness and communication
  • Good practices in geoparks
  • Engaging communities and networking
  • Aspiring geoparks

Prof. Dr. João Carlos Nunes
Prof. Dr. Maria Helena Henriques
Professor Ross Dowling
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • geoparks
  • geotourism
  • sustainable development
  • geoconservation
  • geodiversity
  • UNESCO Global Geoparks
  • networking

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Open AccessCommunication An Emerging Paradigm for the UNESCO Global Geoparks: The Ecosystem’s Health Provision
Geosciences 2018, 8(3), 100; doi:10.3390/geosciences8030100
Received: 12 February 2018 / Revised: 8 March 2018 / Accepted: 9 March 2018 / Published: 14 March 2018
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Abstract
During 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
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During 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. Full article
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