Geodiversity Charter

FrontCover2013Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter

Scotland’s geodiversity is world-class, the foundation of our ecosystems and delivering essential benefits and services for society. The Scottish Geodiversity Forum has worked with partners to prepare a Geodiversity Charter for Scotland, encouraging government, local authorities, companies, organisations and individuals to work together to raise awareness of geodiversity and integrate geodiversity in policy, decision making and guidance to deliver sustainable management of land and water.

The Geodiversity Charter sets out why geodiversity is important, and presents a vision that geodiversity is recognised as an integral and vital part of our environment, economy, heritage and future sustainability to be safeguarded for existing and future generations in Scotland. The Charter includes recommended actions for different stakeholders and a range of case studies. It was prepared by a working group of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum, with observers and facilitation from the British Geological Survey, the Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The Forum is now consulting with key partners on taking the Charter forward beyond 2017. We are preparing a revised Charter, that celebrates what has already been achieved and reaffirms the vision of the Charter. This will be circulated to existing and potential signatory organisations in spring 2017; the revised Charter will be launched at a conference at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, on Thursday 16 November 2017. Contact Angus Miller for further information:, 0131 555 5488.

Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter (2013 edition, 1.5 Mb)

Case studies illustrate how individuals and organisations can work to maintain and celebrate Scotland’s geodiversity, and support the Charter. Case studies are updated regularly – further contributions welcome.

Supporting documents:
News from the Forum and Charter signatories, and further case studies.

Charter Updates: Autumn 2013  | Spring 2015 | Summer 2016

Taking the Charter forward – advice for Local Authorities. This paper outlines how Local Authorities and other Land Owners / Managers can implement the Charter. It was prepared by the Charter Working Group, comprising members of the Forum and representatives from the Scottish Government, British Geological Survey, Scottish Natural Heritage and Local Authorities.

Taking the Charter Forward – Tourism Scotland’s geoheritage has significant potential to increase visitor numbers and enhance the visitor experience throughout the country. This paper outlines actions by different stakeholders to help implement the Charter.

The following organisations have signed the Charter – further signatories are welcome, the process is straight-forward, contact Angus Miller

Scottish Natural Heritage
British Geological Survey
GeoConservation UK
Historic Scotland
Mineral Products Association
Royal Scottish Geographical Society
The Geological Society
Visit Scotland
English Geodiversity Forum
Botanical Society of Scotland
British Society for Geomorphology
Glenmore Lodge National Outdoor Training Centre
International Appalachian Trail Scotland
John Muir Trust
Kindrogan Field Centre (Field Studies Council)
Mountain Training Scotland
The Palaeontological Association
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
Scottish Association of Geography Teachers
Scottish Earth Science Education Forum
Scottish Land and Estates
Scottish Wild Land Group
Quaternary Research Association
Cairngorms National Park Authority
City of Edinburgh Council
East Dunbartonshire Council
Edinburgh Geological Society
Geological Society of Glasgow
Geopark Shetland
Glasgow City Council
Highland Council
Highland Geological Society
Lochaber Geopark
Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park
North West Highlands Geopark
Our Dynamic Earth
Perth and Kinross Council
University of Dundee
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of St. Andrews
West Lothian Council
Friends of Kelvin Valley
GeoD (Geodiversity Dumfries & Galloway)
Geodiversity: Argyll & Islands
geoHeritage Fife
Lochaber district U3A
Lothian and Borders GeoConservation
Stirling & Clackmannan RIGS
Strathclyde Geoconservation
Tayside Biodiversity Partnership
Tayside Geodiversity
Border Geo-Science
Hills of Hame
Mr Wood’s Fossils
Selkie Ventures
Shetland Geotours

You can read more about the Charter in this article: John E. Gordon, Hugh F. Barron and Angus D. Miller, New directions in geoconservation: Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter, European Geologist 34. p48-52, 2012.

Download Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter (2013 edition – pdf file, 1.5 Mb)