What is an IUGS Geological Heritage Site?

“An IUGS Geological Heritage Site is a key place with geological elements and/or processes of scientific international relevance, used as a reference, and/or with a substantial contribution to the development of geological sciences through history “
IUGS – IGCP 731

The origin of the concept: IGCP 713

IUGS – IGCP 731 Geoheritage for Sustainable Development Theme

In the 1990s the IUGS’s Global Geosites Working Group, with the support of ProGEO, IUCN and UNESCO, developed a database of geological sites of international relevance. A preliminary database was implemented in several European countries.
In 2021 the IUGS International Commission on Geoheritage was created. The first task of this global initiative (International Geoscience Program (IGCP) 731)) has been to rejuvenate and reformulate this much-needed initiative.
This project is now a collaborative effort involving UNESCO´s International Geosciences and Geoparks program, worldwide Geological surveys, research institutions as well as IUGS commissions and affiliated international organizations related to Earth Sciences.

The need:

Main Goal:

Definition and implementation of a global program led by IUGS -International Commission on Geoheritage for the recognition of geological heritage sites of high international scientific significance (IUGS Global Geosites)

What Kind of Sites?

All kinds of geological sites of international relevance: tectonic, stratigraphical, sedimentological, petrological, mineralogical, hydrogeological paleontological, geomorphological and those related to the history of geological sciences.

 

Why is this initiative necessary?

The scientific community has long demanded the establishment of a global program with global standards for the recognition of geological heritage sites of high international importance.
This program will be of great help for many other national or international initiatives based on the recognition, conservation, geotourism and educational activities related to geological heritage.


Selection of the first 100 IUGS GEOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITES took place April - May 2022.


These were Iconic sites that will serve as a reference for the future development
of the program.

Timeline

The Evaluation Process

In March 2022, 181 applications from 56 countries were received.
All proposals were evaluated by 34 voting members. Every proposal was evaluated by at least three voting members who graded each candidate according to:
3. The site clearly fulfils the standards and should be selected for the First 100 for its exemplary/iconic value for geological sciences.
2. The site fulfils the standards but could be postponed for a future designation.
1. I am not sure if the site fulfils the standards.

The Launch Event

This event is part of the IUGS@60 celebrations being held in 2022

Draft program

IUGS is working on a very enjoyable and interesting program that will include:

  • Presentations of some of the most relevant sites included in “The First 100”
  • Keynote lectures by global leaders on geological sciences.
  • Presentations of the IUGS Stone Heritage and Geocollection initiatives.
  • Workshop for discussion about the future development of the IUGS Geological Heritage Sites Program.
  • A big dedication ceremony for “The First 100” las a main event of the IUGS 60th anniversary celebration.

MONDAY. OCTOBER 24TH

Arrival of participants. Transfers from the airport

TUESDAY. OCTOBER 25TH

Arrival of participants. Transfers from the airport

15:00

Registration

18:00

Institutional opening ceremony

18:30

Opening lecture (IUGS president)

19:00

Welcome cultural and gastronomic event

WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 26TH

8:30 – 9:00

Keynote lecture

9:00 – 11:00

“The First 100” scientific sessions

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:30

“The First 100” scientific sessions

13:30 – 15:30

Lunch

15:30 – 17:30

“The First 100” scientific sessions

17:30 – 18:30

IUGS medal presentations and keynote lecture

18:30 – 20:00

Guided tours to the Zumaia section IUGS Geological Heritage Site

THURSDAY. OCTOBER 27TH

8:30 – 9:00

Keynote lecture

9:00 – 11:00

“The First 100” scientific sessions

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:30

“The First 100” scientific sessions

13:30 – 15:30

Lunch

15:30 – 17:30

“The First 100” scientific sessions

17:30 – 18:30

Keynote lecture

18:30 – 20:00

Guided tours to the Zumaia section IUGS Geological Heritage Site

FRIDAY. OCTOBER 28TH

8:30 – 9:00

Keynote lecture

9:00 – 11:00

“The First 100” scientific sessions

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:00

Keynote lecture

12:30 – 14:00

First 100 IUGS Global Geosites dedication ceremony (In the beach). Institutional event / Declaration of Zumaia / Cultural event

14:00 – 15:30

Final lunch

Departure of participants. Transfers to the airport

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