7th International Conference on Global Geoparks - 27-30th Sept 2016

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 The English Riviera Global Geopark is delighted to announce that it has worked in partnership with Torbay Council, the Torbay Development Agency and other key Geopark partners to host the 7th International Conference on Global Geoparks in 2016 under the patronage of UNESCO.  

Prof Iain Stewart, patron of the English Riviera Global Geopark and TV broadcaster, said: “It’s fantastic news – testament both to the world-class geology and landscape that we have along the Torbay coast and the exciting and imaginative ways that the Geopark – the world’s first urban Geopark - has woven the 400 million year old rocky history of this region into the everyday lives of modern Devonians. The geological jewels of the English Riviera are something that we in the South West should be justifiably proud of. After all, they are the reason why geologists from all over the world will be converging on our shores in two years’ time. It’s going to be a rock party to remember.”

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All bids were discussed at the Global Geopark Network Bureau meeting in Canada held on the 18 September at which the decision on the 2016 host was made. 

News on the 2016 host was announced during the 6th International Conference on Global Geoparks (19 – 22 September) hosted this year by Stonehammer Geopark



Why come to the English Riviera Global Geopark in 2016 TOP 5:

  1. Without doubt the English Riviera Global Geopark and partners have all the necessary infrastructure, skills and enthusiasm to run a conference that will exceed delegates’ expectations.
  2. All conference activities will take place in the heart of the Geopark territory with no need of lengthy journeys at the start and the end of each day to accommodation or for the field trip day.
  3. There is easy access for all international delegates
  4. A chance to explore and enjoy the English Riviera Global Geopark’s creative and innovative approach first hand.
  5. Spectacular geology, beautiful coastline, rich biodiversity, fascinating history and culture and all with the convenience of a fabulous, well established seaside resort.

Special Conference Holiday Programme for Partners, Friends and Family

It is clear that those involved in Geoparks are dedicated to the core and are often working long hours away from their families.  With that in mind, if successful, we have a special programme specifically designed in order to provide an opportunity for partners, family or friends of the delegates to come along and enjoy what the English Riviera Global Geopark has to offer too.