Atlantic Geoparks Project
The Atlantic Geoparks Project aims to promote and dissiminate the geological and cultural heritage within the Atlantic Area as a basis for an economic development. The 30 month project which begun in July 2017 and aims to forge new tourism links along a defined Atlantic route through highlighting the common interests and heritage of the destinations along the route.
The project is funded through the Atlantic Area section of the European Regional Development Fund and the aim of the project is to strengthen the integration of tourism and natural heritage, reconciling tourism development with conservation of geology,biodiversity and cultural heritage in several territories in the EU including Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland and the UK.
The innovative aspect of the Project will be to advance transnational Geotourism along the western margin of Europe using UNESCO Global Geoparks and aspiring Geoparks as best practice models for regional and local sustainable development, including the development of a European Atlantic Geoparks Route which will be submitted as a candidate for a Cultural Route of the European Council.
Through a series of work packages the project will develop management toolkits, supports for aspiring Geoparks, a geodiversity conservation charter, geotourism monitoring system, an online presence with social networking, innovative ICT tools, and a community engagement programme.
The Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark assumes the role of communicating the work packages of the project.
- University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal)
- Arouca Geopark (Portugal)
- Azores Geopark (Portugal)
- Forest Fawr Geopark (UK)
- Marble Arch Geopark (Northern Ireland / Ireland)
- Basque Coast Geopark (Spain)
- Lanzarote Geopark (Spain)
- Sustainable Municipalities Community of Cantabria Aspiring Geopark (Spain)
- PNR Armorique Aspiring Geopark (France)
- North Pennines AONB Geopark (UK)
- Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark (Ireland)
- Copper Coast Geopark (Ireland)
- GeoMon Geopark (UK)