The Forum aims to promote Scotland’s geodiversity, and seeks to widen the profile of geodiversity and influence national and local policies. It is the Scottish national forum for geoconservation groups, geoparks and other related organisations, and interested individuals. The Forum promotes the role and value of geodiversity in education, community involvement and health, the development of tourism and the wider economy.
The Forum is open to all organisations and individuals who are interested in promoting Scotland’s geodiversity and the sharing of experience and good practice. It incorporates GeoConservation Scotland and the Scottish Geology Festival Organising Partnership.
The Forum’s key priorities are:
1. Implementation of Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter Work with partners to embed geodiversity into existing activities and develop new projects.
2. Geoconservation Encourage all local authorities to carry out local site audits and include sites in local plans. Support local geoconservation groups through networking and events.
3. Education Campaign for the establishment of new Earth Science qualifications, made widely available in Scottish schools, at National and Higher level, and support and campaign for more opportunities for teacher training in Earth science at all levels.
4. Interpretation Work with other organisations to include accurate and meaningful geodiversity in their interpretation.
5. Tourism Work with VisitScotland, geoparks and tourism organisations to promote Scotland’s geodiversity as the foundation of our scenery; develop better awareness within the industry of existing interpretation and information, and work to develop more resources.
Patron: Iain Stewart, MBE FGS, Professor of Geosciences Communication, University of Plymouth.
Chair: Angus Miller – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-chair: Mike Browne
Treasurer: Hugh Lockhart
Membership Secretary: Margaret Greene – email@example.com
Ordinary members: Seonaid Leishman, Sarah Stewart, Beverly Bergman, Simon Cuthbert, Andrew McMillan, John Gordon, Neil Clark
Scottish Natural Heritage rep: Colin Macfadyen
Royal Scottish Geographical Society rep: Joyce Gilbert
British Geological Survey rep: Katie Whitbread.