Some news :

Some announcements regarding global geoheritage matters at the end of 2015:

*  The 195 Member States of UNESCO have ratified the creation of a new label, UNESCO Global Geoparks, on 17 November 2015 during the UNESCO General Conference in Paris. This expresses governmental recognition of the importance of managing outstanding geological sites and landscapes in a holistic manner. The statutes of the new UNESCO International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP) were also ratified during this session.  Click here to see more information. 

UNESCO Global Geoparks strive to raise awareness of geodiversity, implement effective management, and promote protection, education and tourism best practices. Together with World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Global Geoparks form a complete range of sustainable development tools and make an invaluable contribution to the realisation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals by combining global and local perspectives. For more information on what is a UNESCO Global Geopark, click here. Consider attending the UNESCO Global Geopark Conference, September 2016, in the UK for important updates to this global programme.

*  The European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2016 ,17 – 22 April 2016, Austria, will be hosting the following session:  Geoheritage and Geodiversity Matter: Themes, Links and Interactions, SSS3.6/EOS7 (co-organized) This session is inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary. In particular we invite presentations and posters related to the following themes:    

- methodological presentations (definitions, approaches, context);
presentations of methods (mapping, assessment, classification and quantification);
- case studies of geodiversity, geoheritage, geo(morpho)sites and geomonuments, especially studies addressing a more sustainable land use;
- geoparks and geoheritage conservation, management and promotion;
- links and interactions between geoheritage and geodiversity, bio and cultural diversity and heritage;
- geoparks, geotourism and geoheritage conservation, management and promotion;
- educational aspects of geoheritage and geodiversity.

Abstract submission and full description of this session can be found at: or in PDF format: Call-for-papers deadline is 13 January 2016. 

*  The IUCN World Heritage Panel will meet in December 2015 to examine the nominations submitted for possible World Heritage listing in 2016. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will convene in June 2016 and IUCN will provide its recommendations on natural sites. The IUCN World Heritage Panel provides high-quality technical, management, and scientific advice on World Heritage, and forms the official position of IUCN in its advice to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The Panel is composed of 10 to 12 conservation experts who are specialized in fields relevant to the World Heritage process. Two members of our GSG Steering Committee are members of the WH Panel, Jenna Boon and Ibrahim Komoo. 

*  Update: IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) Hawaii, USA, 1-10 September 2016.  Enrique Díaz-Martínez, GSG Steering Committee, reports that the proposals of geoconservation-related activities submitted to the Conservation Forum, to take place prior to the General Assembly during the 6th World Conservation Congress (Hawaii) have increased. The submission system allows to search using keywords, and for the first time it includes the term “Earth Science - Geoscience”. Interestingly, the list of terms does not include any of “the five geos” (geoconservation, geoheritage, geodiversity, geopark, geotourism) as possible search terms. This is something to be noted and hopefully corrected in the future. The search outputs a total of 12 proposals, including the contributions of GSG, ProGEO and SGE. This means that awareness about the topic is gradually increasing. We are now waiting to hear from IUCN regarding how many and which of these proposals will be selected and admitted for development at the WCC Forum. We will send out an announcement regarding the selected geo-sessions and the GSG involvement in the Congress.

The new ProGeo Newsletter : Number 1 2016

The first Newsletter of the IUCN-WCPA Geoheritage Specialist Group (GSG) is arrived.

Geoheritage of Hageland : Diestiennes hills and Diestien ironstone deposits

The new IUGS E-Bulletin is arrived : N°105

Some publication about the new geoparc of Mons (Belgium) : click her

The new Heritage Stone Task Group circular is arrived : N°8

Some information on Geosites in Chile :

The new IUGS E-Bulletin is arrived : N° 96

The new IUGS E-Bulletin is arrived : N° 90

The new IUGS E-Bulletin is arrived : N° 86

The new IUGS E-Bulletin is arrived : N° 85

The new IUGS E-Bulletin is arrived : N°83

The Global Heritage Stone Circular N°6, from IUGS's "Global Heritage Stone Ressource (GHSR)"

The IUGS e-bulletin : N°81 January/February 2013

The new ProGeo newsletter : Numero 4 for 2012

The IUGS E-Bulletin : N° 80

August 2012. United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO. "Redefining the UNESCO-Geoparks relationship"

The new ProGEO newsletter : Numero 3 for 2012

World Heritage Convention, New sites Inscribed Properties, 2012

Twenty-six (26) new sites inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012.

The new IUGS E-Bulletin is arrived : N°78

Showcasing Africa's World Heritage Sites
A new website has been launched which showcases Africa?s world heritage sites at :

It is aimed at raising awareness of this continent?s most precious places - and the conservation challenges they face ? by providing maps, information and a slideshow of each site. 
There are 120 UNESCO world heritage sites across Africa. The website is designed to complement the existing ? highly informative - websites of the official agencies (UNESCO and WCMC) by using a wealth of photos to get a real ?sense of place?, and present independent opinion on the values and conservation of each site.

ProGEO News -the newsletter of the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage can be downloaded from:

IUGS Episodes -To download back issues of the IUGS Episodes magazine see:
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