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English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark: Nick Powe


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Presentation to the Second International Workshop on the Business of Geotourism and Geoparks, 14th May, Perth, Western Australia

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English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark: Nick Powe

  1. 1. 20/05/2018 1 English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark FACET International Workshop – Perth WA Nick Powe – May 2018 Torbay English Riviera UNESCO Geopark 62.4 km2 of land 41.5 km2 of sea 137,000 residents 3.5 million visitors Urban Geopark and still the most densely populated in the World Focus on the geological heritage in Torbay • Devonian – Torquay is type locality • Permian – Creatures older than dinosaurs at Goodrington • Quaternary – Oldest human settlement in Europe 400 million years Torquay is type locality for Marine Devonian RocksSir Roderick Murchison Adam Sedgwick Formationof Pangaea “Variscan Orogeny” Mountain building process
  2. 2. 20/05/2018 2 Permian - 290mya to 245mya Permian-Triassic Mass extinction event Quaternary 2mya to present Hopes Nose Raised Beach 125,000 years ago Garfish Cave Flooded limestone solution cave flooded with marine and brackish water cave habitats Berry Head, Brixham What is our Global Geopark? • An single area with internationally important geological heritage that uses this to deliver education, scientific research, community engagement and Geotourism as a catalyst for creating social and economic benefits.
  3. 3. 20/05/2018 3 The Rock Connects us • The geology is important but… • .... hollistic approach to managing and marketing a territory where geology is the “golden thread” Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity Built & Cultural Heritage Geopark ERGO Ltd Plymouth University English RivieraTourism (BIDCo) Torbay Council Geosites (eg Kents Cavern) Torbay Community Development TrustRegional Economic Development Agency Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust Museums Torbay Culture Board Geopark Ambassadors Management Structure Coordinators • Melanie Border – Member of the UGG Council – Coordinator of the ERUGG – UNESCO Geopark evaluator • Nick Powe – Chair of the ERUGG management group – UNESCO Geopark evaluator Black Country Aspiring Geopark Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall & Wolverhampton 256 km2 1.1 million residents
  4. 4. 20/05/2018 4 • 140 Geoparks (May 18) • 38 member states • Europe, Japan, Uruguay, Brazil, Morocco, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Korean, Canada Katla Geopark, Iceland Eyjafjallajökull, Grimsvotn Malaysia What does Geopark status give Torbay? • Focus on geological heritage • Unique and powerful destination marketing • Activities embracing UNESCO • Share best practise across a global network Partnerships Zhangjiajie Geopark Rift Valley – Aspiring Geopark Kenya Hong Kong Geopark Geopark Ambassadors Programme
  5. 5. 20/05/2018 5 Collins Educational Geography Enquiry • Collins Key Stage 3 Geography - Geographical Enquiry – Teacher's & Students Book • Chapter dedicated to Torbay’s Geopark and Kents Cavern • 25,000 copies EU Funding - Comenius Schools Programme • Secondary schools host exchange visit with Geoparks in Norway, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Austria and France (GeaNorvegica Geopark, Bergstrasse- Odenwald, Madonie, Novohrad Nograd plus a Natural Park in France) • Live E-school link up with the Hong Kong Global Geopark Geopark Interpretation Centres for Geo-Itineraries Geoplay Park, Paignton World’s only geological themed children’s play area 4 zones: Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian and Quaternary Natural Environment
  6. 6. 20/05/2018 6 Adrenalin Discovery Packages Geopark Festival Week May Half term • Celebrating 10 years of the Geopark • Events across the Bay Creative • Journey across the Bay • Local artists and young people inspired by the place • The Basic Rock Song 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks in Torquay – Sept 2016 • 700 delegates – 153 from China – 80 from Japan – 75 from Indonesia • 63 countries • £1.6m into Torbay • Global awareness Highway signage