Global Network of National Geoparks

Lesvos Petrified Forest Geopark set to host Workshop"Geomorphosites, Geoparks and Geotourism"

Source : Published :September 27, 2007


The Workshop “Geomorphosites Geoparks and Geotourism” will take place in Mytilene on the premises of the Department of Geography and in the Lesvos Petrified Forest Geopark, from September 30 to October 3, 2007. It will include two days scientific sessions and two days field trip in the Lesvos Petrified Forest Geopark.

The workshop is organized in Greece by the I.A.G. Working Group “Geomorphosites”, the University of the Aegean - Department of Geography, the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest in collaboration with the Italian Association Geologia e Turismo and the European Geopararks Network. Its main objective is to discuss issues dealing with geomorphosites assessment, geopark management and geotourism development.

The aim of the Workshop is to discuss recent development and methodologies in establishment and operation of Geoparks as well as their result for the assessment, valorisation, protection and promotion of Earth heritage and especially geomorphosites in combination with geotourism and local development.

New ideas in areas such as Geoconservation, Protection and Enhancement of the Geomorphological and Geological Heritage, Geodiversity and Sustainable Local Development are welcome.

An intensive course on “Geopark Management and Geotourism” will take place from 30 September to 3 October 2007. The course is open to PhD and Master students working on geoparks, geotourism, geosites, geomorphosites and landscape topics, as well as to Geopark staff members with a degree in Geosciences, and.

The first circular and the application forms are available on the website: