News from the Geopark

'Why I Support The English Riviera Geopark'

29 Jul 2016

TELEVISION'S Professor Iain Stewart has explained why he is supporting the English Riviera Global Geopark.

The presenter of Rise to the Continents and Volcano Live was speaking ahead of the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks, taking placing at the Riviera International Centre in September, will see up to 1,000 delegates visiting from over 50 countries worldwide.

It comes as a call has gone out to volunteers to help in different roles at the conference.

Prof Steward, who is Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth University, said: "AS patron of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark, I am delighted that the 7th International Conference will be taking place here in Devon, in an area of such outstanding beauty as well as geological significance.

And as Professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University, and the director of its Sustainable Earth Institute, I am thrilled that our institution is a partner in this landmark occasion.

"With a strong emphasis on sharing international research, this conference will offer the means to bring a unique range of resources together for the first time, offering a significant contribution to the global challenge of wellbeing.

"Through our creative innovation, community outreach, partnership working and academic collaborations, the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark has come to recognise its unique opportunity to bring about change to this complex agenda.

"We aim to offer a landmark meeting where a renewed sense of collective purpose will emphasise the network's capacity to lead the way in local,national and transnational wellbeing.

"I hope that you and your organisation can support our event and become part of our partnership to bring positive change to people's lives.

"Landscapes have shaped society, local industry and culture over millennia. The conference will inform, educate and celebrate what this means for life in the 21st century."