Case study: Geoparks

Geopark Shetland

Geopark Shetland

Scotland’s Geoparks are community based bodies that aim to protect and promote geological heritage while supporting sustainable rural development.

Key strategic aims of the Scottish Geoparks are to:

  • Help conserve Scotland’s geological heritage.
  • Raise awareness of Scotland’s geological heritage and highlight its links with natural and cultural heritage.
  • Derive economic and social benefits from sustainable use of Scotland’s geological heritage, for example through education and tourism
  • Work with stakeholders such as communities, schools and other organizations to realise Geopark potential through a range of projects and activities.

You can find out more about Scotland’s Geoparks at