Sector SQ.3 – Geotourism, Education, Incentives, Geosites, & Stakeholder Involvement
Creating awareness of how precious the relicts of the evolution of the Planet Earth are, is part of the capacities Geoscientists have always been equipped with. Obviously, it is more easy to gather people around a rocky cliff when it is situated along a tropical beach or nearby a great place to dine, but the installation of so-called “geosites”, locations which uniqueness should be recognised and protected, is slowly obtaining consensus and in numerous countries they have now been officially recognised and sponsored.
Strongly linked to this is the sector of training, incentives and Team building. It is our experience that the strong message that can be transmitted through a guided visit to specific geologically significant localities has an enormous effect on triggering multidisciplinary team spirit, and out of the box thinking in project management.
The expertise of Geologists and Geophysicists obtained throughout the Industry is fundamental to apply in these activities and the OCRE’s worldwide network of experts has already been involved in numerous projects over the years.
Fascinating history and sceneries: Geology, Tourism and Geotourism: The Musandam Peninsula, Oman and United Arab Emirates. From: van Dijk and Lazar (2020).