Site inventories, geological audits, and effective monitoring schemes underpin many site management plans and Local Geodiversity Action Plans. More information about these techniques is given below.
Scientifically based geological/geomorphological site inventories have formed the basis for national geoconservation programmes in many countries. Such inventories identify important sites based on consistent criteria and can involve wide consultation and detailed description of site attributes and management requirements. In Britain, this inventory was carried out through the Geological Conservation Review (GCR), a major initiative to identify and describe those sites of national and international importance needed to show all the key scientific elements of the Earth heritage of Britain. More information about the GCR can be found at:
Many European countries have developed – or are developing – inventory programmes to identify, describe and protect their important geological areas. These schemes reflect national attitudes to the science of geology in particular, and to the landscape in general. They share, however, some common features, seeking to incorporate a number of criteria into national inventories and then protect important areas through their designation as national parks, reserves, or sites of geological interest.
Geodiversity audits take a broader approach than site inventories, and recognise the value of a wider range of sites and also the importance of landscape elements that are not site bounded. Geological formations and geomorphological features can be accommodated along with elements such as museum collections, evidence of mining activity and quarrying.
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