Objectives

The objectives set out in more detail what each theme is aiming to achieve. The purpose of each objective is briefly described and a number of targets for achieving each objective are outlined.

Theme 4: Conserving and managing our geodiversity

6. Conserve through sites and areas

To conserve and manage our geodiversity through appropriate recognition at international, national and local levels.

Purpose

The ability to learn from, use and enjoy our geodiversity now and in the future is dependent on its conservation. This objective is about identifying and recommending geodiversity areas as Local Geological Sites and Local Nature Reserves, geological and geomorphological Sites (or Areas) of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves, Global Geoparks and World Heritage Sites.

Targets

  • Recommend areas of international geodiversity importance including Global Geoparks and World Heritage Sites.
  • Designate areas of national geodiversity importance including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (or their equivalent), Marine Conservation Zones and National Nature Reserves.
  • Designate areas of local geodiversity importance as Local Geological Sites (or their equivalent) and Local Nature Reserves.

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7. Maintain and enhance through management

To maintain and enhance our geodiversity through the management of sites, areas and wider landscapes.

Purpose

Traditionally the conservation of geodiversity has focused on the management of designated sites and, while this is important, it must not be forgotten that geodiversity is an integral part of the wider environment. This objective encourages an integrated approach to managing geodiversity as part of the wider environment alongside valuable site-specific work.

Targets

  • Establish sustainable management within internationally / nationally designated geodiversity sites and areas that maintains and enhances the features of interest.
  • Establish sustainable management within locally designated geodiversity sites and areas that maintains and enhances the features of interest.
  • Encourage integrated management of geodiversity within sites and areas designated for other interests, including biological SSSIs, Local Wildlife Sites, protected landscapes and Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
  • Establish clear objectives for geodiversity at a landscape-scale, including National Character Areas (and their equivalents).
  • Maintain the conservation and storage of public geodiversity collections.
  • Encourage conservation and restoration of landform and surface processes.
  • Manage and conserve geodiversity in response to climate change.
  • Increase access, through management, so more people can experience and understand our geodiversity.

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8. Share good practice

To share experience of conserving our geodiversity through the provision of good practice guidance.

Purpose

This objective is about encouraging groups and individuals involved in conserving and managing geodiversity to share their experiences with others, so that our geodiversity is protected and enhanced in the best way possible. This can be achieved through formal written guidance, informal advice between practitioners and providing good practice information to the public.

Targets

  • Establish and support partnerships and networks that share good practice at national, regional and local levels.
  • Work with international and global networks to share our experience of geodiversity conservation.
  • Provide good practice guidance on the development of geodiversity policies for inclusion in policy documents.
  • Share good practice and experience for the establishment and delivery of Local Geodiversity Action Plans and organisational / company Geodiversity Action Plans.
  • Share good geodiversity conservation practice through publication of guidance, case studies and articles / papers in a range of journals, magazines and newsletters and through the internet.

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