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"Geoheritage is the appreciation of the Earth's features"
"Resilience is the capacity for the humans to deal with this risk."
Geoheritage for Resilience
Introductory Video: Explains in a discussion with Latin American members the theme of community communication for dealing with natural hazards and geoheritage.
Geoheritage for Resilience to Geohazards
Geoheritage for Resilience is a UNESCO Geosciences Programme (IGCP) project, that began in April 2019.
The aim is to federate geoheritage projects and dedicated geosites around the world that deal with Resilience to natural hazards.
The project operates by on-line networking, videoconferences as well as dedicated workshops in geosite areas.
What is Geoheritage?
Geoheritage is the appreciation of the Earth's features
Geoheritage starts with humans, as it is they who view and appreciate their Earth heritage. No humans = no heritage Geohazards are natrual events that occur on the Earth, such a earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, storms. When Geohazards impact humans, they may be vulnerable and this vulnerability makes Risk.
What is Resilience?
Resilience is the capacity for the humans to deal with this risk.
The more Resilient you are, the less vulnerable, and so any geohazard has less negative effect on you. Natural events that make hazards can also bring benefits, such as much needed water, good soils, mineral resources. They form the basic needs for the biosphere, and create our healthy environment. These benefits add resilience.
About Geoheritage for Resilience
The full title is Geoheritage for Geohazard Resilience
This is a UNESCO Geosciences Programme project (number 692) that aims to use Geoheritage to develop resilience to natural hazards.
An Example - This video shows the Val di Fumo in the Adamello UNESCO Geoapark, Italia. This beautiful glaciated valley, built in wonderful plutonic rocks, is known for its spectacular cloud formations. While watching the video you can get an impression of how a thunderstorm can build up. Knowing this you may appreciate better the natural phenomena, and this wisdom may allow you, to better adjust your behaviour to a natural phenomena. Through studying the geoheritage, you have become more resilient.
A worldwide project!
A significant number of partners are now working in 18 different countries (shown in black) to improve the vital link between societal responses to natural hazards and the scientific response. The additional partners we wish to include are shown in green.
A project presented by Marie Noelle Guilbaud during the Oxford Geoheritage Virtual Conferance (25-29 May 2020).