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.
There are three key areas of the Forum’s work:
a. Local site conservation, Government and Local Authority policy and Geodiveristy Action Planning (e.g. the UKGAP). Designating and monitoring Local Geodiversity Sites, promoting the value of local sites and geodiversity in general to ensure they are included in Local Authority and Scottish Government plans and policies.
b. Geodiversity interpretation and tourism development. Writing leaflets, organising events and encouraging and supporting partners such as Countryside Rangers. Working with Visit Scotland to promote Scotland’s geodiversity.
c. Events for young people and families. Organising events such as Volcano and Fossil Fun Days, and contributing to events organised by other organisations.
Executive Committee -
Chair: Angus Miller – email@example.com
Vice-chair: Mike Browne
Treasurer: Linda McKee
Membership Secretary: Margaret Greene – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ordinary members: Seonaid Leishman, Sarah Stewart, Simon Howard, Beverly Bergman, Simon Cuthbert, Andrew McMillan, John Gordon
Scottish Natural Heritage rep: Colin Macfadyen
Royal Scottish Geographical Society rep: Joyce Gilbert