The English Riviera Geopark encompasses the entire area of Torbay and includes 62.4km sq land and 41.5km sq sea. The terrestrial area is mainly urban or sub-urban in character but approximately 45% of the land remains undeveloped, as either farmland, woodland or other open space. The coastline is dramatic, thanks to the area's geology, and has played a significant part in the development of the territory.
Tourism is the area's dominant industry, hosting 9 million bednights each year, and employing approximately 15,000 people both directly and indirectly. The industry also accounts for 13.5% of the area's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The resident population of 123,000 expands to around 180,000 during the summer months with the influx of tourists.
The English Riviera Geopark Organisation
The English Riviera Geopark Organisation (ERGO) is responsible for the overall coordination and management of the Geopark. The Key agencies concerned with managing Torbay's heritage established this organisation in 2007, which is a formally constituted body charged with overseeing the Geopark.
Maintain the ERGO and co-ordinate activities.
Education and geotourism
English Riviera Geopark Management Plan
To see the English Riviera Geopark Management Plan please click here. (This is a 1.6Mb PDF file).
We have a number of levels at which organisations can become involved in the Geopark.
Geopark Management Group - whereby organisations sign up and adhere to the ERGO constitution and code of conduct, and attend management group meetings. New group members need to be approved by the existing group members. To find out more about our management group members follow the link in the menu.
Scientific Support - The Geopark receives the assistance of a wide range of geological experts. Primarily this support is through Geopark Partner Plymouth University however, the Geopark also works directly with a range of scientific advisors from other academic institutions across the country. In addition to carrying out direct research projects to increase the understanding of the area, support includes reviewing research proposals, highlighting research potential, advising and assisting with interpretive work, advise on educational development and acting as Geopark ambassadors within the academic world.
Working Strands (i) site access and conservation (ii) education and community (iii) tourism and marketing (each strand is led by a key figure from the steering group) -
Promotional Partners - as a local business it is possible to keep up to date and support the Geopark through the English Riviera Tourism Companies (ERTC) Promtional Partners scheme. Launched in October 2010, the ERTC is a new private sector-led public/private tourism partnership leading on the official promotion of the English Riviera as a leading UK resort and overseeing the effective delivery of the 2010-2015 Turning the Tide for Tourism in Torbay Strategy.
For more information about the Promotional Partners contact:
English Riviera Tourism Company