TH43A. Challenges in Redefining Global Geological Heritage and World Heritage

18 December 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Moscone West - Room 2002

Event Type:

Town Hall

A complete GeoHeritage review has been called for by the UNESCO World Heritage committee, echoing a widening gap between the geocommunity and mandated nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Clarification of Geopark and World Heritage site distinctions has been called for. This is a consequence of the divergence between States, academics, and UNESCO advisory bodies. The gap is about 1) what geological elements are outstanding for science and heritage; 2) site assessment; 3) who is competent to assess; and 4) management and compatibility of humans in Geoheritage sites. We will explore and share experience on geoheritage and World Heritage from an international viewpoint.