Including geoconservation in the management of protected and conserved areas matters for all of nature and people

John E. Gordon, Roger Crofts, Murray Gray, Dan Tormey

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Geoconservation is an integral part of nature conservation. It protects our diverse and valued geoheritage, contributes to the sustainable management of ecosystems, provides a range of economic, cultural and social benefits, and connects people, landscapes and their cultures. Geoconservation has a vital part to play in managing the natural environment and helping society to address global challenges, such as biodiversity loss, adaptations to climate change and sea-level rise, and sustainable development. The IUCN Guidelines for Geoconservation in Protected and Conserved Areas, published in 2020, outline the key principles of geoconservation and demonstrate their application across the full range of IUCN protected area management categories and other conserved areas. Protected and conserved areas, including geoparks, have a vital educational role in promoting better understanding and awareness of geoconservation and the values and benefits of geodiversity and geoheritage for nature and society. Integrating geoconservation into the management of all categories of protected and conserved areas would benefit not only the conservation of geoheritage, but also all of nature and contribute to a sustainable future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-334
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Geoheritage and Parks
Issue number3
Early online date29 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • Geoheritage
  • Geodiversity
  • Geoconservation
  • Protected and conserved areas
  • Geoparks
  • Education


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