The UKGAP is split into six themes encompassing how we understand and care for our geodiversity, how geodiversity can inspire people and the importance of carefully planning for our geodiversity. Each theme is then further divided into one or more objectives. Click on a theme to find out more.

Theme 1

Furthering our understanding of geodiversity


1. Foster research

To foster UK-based pure and applied geoscience research in order to better understand our geodiversity and its role in understanding and managing our natural environment.

Theme 1 in detail

Theme 2

Influencing planning policy, legislation and development design


2. Recognition in policy

To increase recognition of our geodiversity in international, national, regional and local environmental and planning development policies.

3. Demonstrate relevance to sustainable development

To demonstrate the relevance and benefit of including geodiversity across our work in relation to the natural and built environment and the role that geodiversity plays in sustainable development.

4. Advocate design that enhances

To advocate and support development design and restoration that incorporates and enhances our geodiversity.

Theme 2 in detail

Theme 3

Gathering and maintaining information on our geodiversity


5. Establish audit

To audit and document our geodiversity including sites, archives and collections.

Theme 3 in detail

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.

7. Maintain and enhance through management

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

8. Share good practice

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

Theme 4 in detail

Theme 5

Inspiring people to value and care for our geodiversity


9. Make relevant to the wider world

To interpret our geodiversity for a range of audiences and communities, making geodiversity relevant to where we live and the places we visit.

10. Use the arts to involve people

To use the arts to explore and make links between geodiversity and our cultures, involving people in geodiversity in new and innovative ways.

11. Create resources to help integrate geodiversity into learning

To develop and provide educational resources that interpret, utilise and widen understanding of our geodiversity as part of formal and informal learning.

Theme 5 in detail

Theme 6

Sustaining resources for our geodiversity


12. Involve more people

To increase the number of people involved in conserving and advocating the value of our geodiversity

13. Increase financial support

To increase the financial resource that supports action for geodiversity.

14. Encourage working together

To support initiatives that encourage working together for our geodiversity.

Theme 6 in detail