What is a Geodiversity Charter?
Why does Northern Ireland need a Geodiversity Charter?
Is this the first Geodiversity Charter in the UK?
Who will benefit from the Geodiversity Charter?
- Individuals and Communities: Who can experience and enjoy the local landscape and geodiversity and appreciate its value and importance.
- Landowners and Managers of NGOs: Who can take into account the geodiversity of the land that they manage, try to work in sympathy with natural processes and consider how geodiversity can be appreciated and understood.
- Industry and Business Sector: Who can endeavour to ensure that new industry and business opportunities take geodiversity into consideration and strive to meet best practice standards.
- Local Authorities and Public Agencies: Who can ensure that due consideration, management, enhancement and promotion of geodiversity are an integral part of decision-making.
- Education: Who can share and promote the values and applications of Northern Ireland's geodiversity through teaching at all levels.
- Academia and Research: Who can continue to develop the geodiversity framework of Northern Ireland including its wider values and applications.
What does the Geodiversity Charter mean for the future?
To date, there are over 20 organisations that support Northern Ireland's Geodiversity Charter. This collective voice will help to maintain and enhance our geodiversity and achieve the future vision of raising awareness, policy integration, enhanced conservation, and continued research. As the success of the Charter spreads, it is hoped that more organisation will add their support, which will help to achieve the overall objective of safeguarding and managing our geodiversity appropriately for current and future generations.