The concept of geodiversity is relatively new and little understood, and its importance is often overlooked. A vital part of protecting sites is alerting people to their value and importance. With geology the value is often not immediately apparent and explaining this to the wider community is not an easy task.
Current factors affecting it:
Not well understood, often perceived as boring.
Bad explanations often put people off.
Reaching wider audiences is difficult.
The Tees Valley Geodiversity Action Plan (TVGAP) project funded by HLF (2006-2008) started the process of raising the profile of geodiversity.
Interpretation boards and leaflets were produced explaining the geology of the Tees Valley, education packs for schools were created, a CD ROM was made available in schools and libraries, talks to community groups and guided walks were run for a wide variety of people at venues across the Tees Valley.
This work was built upon by TVRIGS with the production of downloadable GeoTrails as part of a project funded by ALSF. These trails were produced in an mp3 format to enable the information to be accessed in as many ways as possible.
To increase appreciation and understanding of the importance of geodiversity within the Tees Valley by the wider community.
Target 8: Popularise and promote use of sites for education where safety and access are suitable.
Goal 8: To provide resources for key local sites to help visitors understand their geodiversity.
Target 9: To raise Geodiversity Awareness within the Tees Valley.
Goal 9: To raise the profile of geodiversity and the work of TVRIGS group through activities, leaflets and press releases.
Target 10: Production of information dissemination tools.
Goal 10: To produce new and inventive ways for information dissemination, and maintain and distribute existing information.
Table 4 – Raising Geodiversity Awareness.
|Code||Action||TVRIGS Lead Contact||Interested Parties||End Date||Priority|
|RA.8.1||Use TVRIGS website to highlight key locations to visit.||A.Cooper||-||Ongoing||2|
|RA.8.2||Create online GeoTrails to publicise key sites.||D.Goldring
|RA.8.3||Run geology themed events (i.e. rock and fossil road shows/guided walks) at key sites.||B.Andrews||-||Ongoing||2|
|RA.8.4||Liaise with landowners/managers to help them promote the geology of key sites.||B.Andrews||-||End 2012||2|
|RA.9.1||Promote TVRIGS and geodiversity at local events and shows.||All members||-||Ongoing||2|
|RA.9.2||Publicise work of TVRIGS in local press.||D.Harbinson||-||Ongoing||2|
|RA.10.1||Produce a trail/booklet on the building stones of Middlesbrough.||A.Simkins||-||-||3|
|RA.10.2||Reproduce The Geology of the Tees Valley leaflet and make it available to download.||B.Andrews||-||-||3|
|RA.10.3||Raise profile using TVRIGS and other websites of mp3 and GeoTrails.||-||-||-||2|
|RA.10.4||Create geocache/earthcache at RIGS.||B.Andrews||-||End 2013||2|
|RA.10.5||Seek funding to develop iPod/ downloadable maps/trails/info.||D.Harbinson||-||-||3|
|RA.10.6||Use key internet sites (eg. Wikipedia) to promote local geology and sites.||A.Cooper||-||-||2|
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