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Other initiatives which were designed to support geodiversity have included the IUGS Global GEOSITES project.

The GEOSITES project was an initiative of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and was designed to support identification of geological areas (sites) of international importance. The project was started in 1996 to help redress the imbalance between biological and geological conservation. Geosites (both geological and geomorphological) were selected and documented by regional groupings of geoscientists, each country contributing to the selection process by choosing and justifying its own sites in a regional geological context. The development of a global inventory and database of geological sites was the aim of GEOSITES, and a Global Geosites Working Group was established to achieve this. IUGS decided to create a new body to deal with geological heritage in 2004, and instead to support the Geoparks initiative. The Geosites programme is still, however, active in Europe and is promoted by the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage (ProGEO).

ProGEO is working to promote the conservation of Europe's landscape, rock, fossil and mineral sites. It also aims to work towards an integrated European listing of outstanding geoscience sites. Further information about ProGEO can be found here:

In addition, many other countries have their own national deisgnations which are used to protect geodiversity. More information can be found here:

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