The BGS have recently worked in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on the strategic assessment of the value and state of Scotland's geodiversity to help develop the basis for a national policy framework on geodiversity.
We also collaborate with local authorities, national parks, geoparks and third sector bodies in raising awareness of Scotland's geological heritage.
Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, launched Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter in Edinburgh on 6 June 2012. Download the Press Release.
The charter recognises Scotland’s geodiversity as an integral and vital part of our environment, economy, heritage and future sustainable development, to be safeguarded and managed appropriately for this and future generations.
For its size, Scotland has an outstanding geodiversity — our rocks, landforms, soils and natural processes reflect some three billion years of the Earth’s existence.
Scotland’s geodiversity is the vital bedrock of life, providing essential benefits for society through its profound influence on landscape, habitats and species, the economy, historical and cultural heritage, education, health and well-being.
We live in a dynamic environment where climate change may see greater risk from flooding, rising sea levels, coastal erosion and landslides. Understanding these natural processes is a vital part of enabling us to successfully manage and adapt to change.
The Charter summarises the importance and value of Scotland’s geodiversity, highlights the need for action, and presents a shared vision for Scotland’s geodiversity. It provides guidance to the various sectors on what needs to be done to achieve this vision.
The Charter was revised in April 2013.
Contact Hugh Barron for more information.