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Geotourism - A Powerful New Tool for Sustainable, Regional Development

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By Professor Ross Dowling, Geotourism Workshop, Global Eco 2015

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Geotourism - A Powerful New Tool for Sustainable, Regional Development

  1. 1. 1 Geotourism Professor Ross Dowling OAM Edith Cowan University Geotourism Workshop - Global Eco Conference Rottnest Island - Thursday 19 November 2015
  2. 2. 2 Geotourism: A powerful new tool for sustainable regional development
  3. 3. 3 Contents of Presentation 1. Geotourism 2. Geoparks 3. Case Study: Iceland Wave Rock Western Australia
  4. 4. 4 Three Global Geotourism Books 2006 2010 2010
  5. 5. 5 2008 - Australia 2010 - Malaysia 2011 – Oman Three Global Conferences
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  7. 7. 7 The Environment ‘ABC’ elements Type of Tourism Abiotic Landforms Landscapes Geotourism Biotic Animals (Fauna) Plants (Flora) Ecotourism Cultural People Past & Present Cultural Tourism The Environment and Tourism
  8. 8. 8 1. Geotourism  Geotourism is the tourism of geology and landforms  Its focus is on the Abiotic environment, ie: geology  It uses this focus to inform the Biotic environment (plants & animals) as well the Cultural environment (people past & present)  It can occur in either natural or built environments Sahraf Al Alamayan Mountain Pass, Oman
  9. 9. 9 Geotourism’s Key Components 1. Excellent geological attractions 2. The geological context (large to small) 3. Appropriate interpretation (form, process and time) 4. Connection (to the Biotic and Cultural environments) 5. Passionate, informed, accredited guides
  10. 10. 10 1. Attractions USA – Grand Canyon
  11. 11. 11 A large, sickle-shaped, natural amphitheatre covering nearly 80 sq km (31 sq mi) Australia - Wilpena Pound
  12. 12. 12 2. The Geological Context Large Small
  13. 13. 13 France – Reunion Island Piton de la Furnace Large
  14. 14. 14 The Sultanate of Oman - Al Hoota Cave Medium
  15. 15. 15 Al Hoota Cave
  16. 16. 16 Access to Cave by Train
  17. 17. 17 Train journey to the cave
  18. 18. 18 Excellent Visitor Centre
  19. 19. 19 South Korea - Goseong County Small
  20. 20. 20 South Korea - Dinosaur Footprints
  21. 21. 21 Exhibition Centre
  22. 22. 22 3. Appropriate InterpretationInterpretation Form Process Time
  23. 23. 23 Form Process Tourism’s Features Geology’s Features Wave Rock Western Australia Time
  24. 24. 24 South Korea - Mt Halla
  25. 25. 25 4. Biotic and Cultural Connectivity
  26. 26. 26 Cultural Connection
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  28. 28. 28 Cultural Connection begins in the carpark
  29. 29. 29 5. Geoguides Passionate, Informed & Accredited The Visitor Experience
  30. 30. 30 Abiotic Biotic Cultural Geotourism’s ‘ABC’
  31. 31. 31 Galapagos
  32. 32. 32 UNESCO Programs Program Sites Countries Man and the Biosphere 651 120 World Heritage 1031 163 Geoparks 120 33
  33. 33. 33 2. Geoparks Geoparks are both a development concept as well as a branding tool. They achieve these goals through UNESCO’s Geoparks and: 1. Education 2. Science 3. Culture 4. Women 5. Sustainable Development [through geotourism]
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  37. 37. 37 Geopark – Form and Process No Level Appellation 1 Local Aspiring 2 National National 3 Regional eg. European 4 Global Global
  38. 38. 38 Global GeoparksEurope China & Japan Iran Malaysia Canada Brazil Indonesia
  39. 39. 39 European Geoparks
  40. 40. 40 Case Study – Iceland Geotourism is a vehicle for Sustainable Regional Development Attraction Visitor Centre Amenities Café Tours Geotour Kristbjorg Helga + ArnórGuðný
  41. 41. 41 Eyjafjallajökull The volcano that stopped the world
  42. 42. 42 Eyjafjallajökull Erupts Visitor Centre
  43. 43. 43 Excellent Interpretation
  44. 44. 44 Interesting Exhibits
  45. 45. 45 Guðný provides a strong ‘Connection’
  46. 46. 46 Eastern Iceland
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  50. 50. 50 A Farm Tour
  51. 51. 51 The Tour Guide – The Farmers Wife
  52. 52. 52 Vinaminni Kaffihús
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  54. 54. 54 Owners Helga og Arnór
  55. 55. 55 Finally • Geotourism forms the basis of holistic environmental tourism • It is a powerful new tool for sustainable, regional economic development • Geotourism (and Geoparks) have much to offer Australia’s regional communities
  56. 56. 56 Geotourism Professor Ross Dowling OAM Edith Cowan University Geotourism Workshop - Global Eco Conference Rottnest Island - Thursday 19 November 2015

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