Workshop on Geoheritage and Geotourism in Canada


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Workshop on Geoheritage and Geotourism in Canada

André Desrochers (U. Ottawa), Pierre Verpaelst (Canadian National Committee for Geoparks)

Leaders and affiliations : André Desrochers (University of Ottawa) and Pierre Verpaelst (Canadian National Committee for Geoparks)

Contact : [email protected]

Description : Under the sponsorship of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the workshop is intended to complement the special session on “Geoheritage: From Local to International”. There is a growing interest in geotourism and geoparks in Canada and around the world. At the highest level, there are three UNESCO World Geoparks in the country and nine other sites that are currently seeking UNESCO’s status. Such development must be initiated by local communities and local government and then supported by the state government level. The time has come to take a serious look at geotourism and geoparks activities in Canada.  The eligibility criteria, the conditions necessary to obtain UNESCO recognition and the ways to enhance this geoheritage will be covered during the workshop.

Number of participants (Min/Max) : 10 /50

Duration : ½ day

Date : Mid-congress (May 15)

Associated special session/field trips :

Special Session:  Geoheritage: From local to international

Field Trip:  Geoheritage of the Gaspe Peninsula: examples of the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark and the Miguasha World Heritage Site

Field Trip: Geoheritage in development: the Charlevoix Astrobleme and Saguenay Fjord Aspiring Geoparks