WP-D PanAfGeo Training Session on Geoheritage ‘New Frontiers in Geosciences’ Concluded in Botswana

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From 8 to 13 April 2024, PanAfGeo-2 training session ‘‘New Frontiers in Geosciences’’ (WP D), focusing on geoheritage, was held in Lobatse, Botswana. The session was co-organised by the Botswana Geoscience Institute (BGI) and geological surveys from Poland (PGI-NRI), France (BRGM), and Spain (IGME-CSIC), with strong support from UNESCO and the geological surveys of Italy (ISPRA) and Lithuania (LGT).

Approximately thirty participants from 16 African geological organisations attended the training, representing the following countries: South Africa, Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia. The training combined indoor theoretical lessons with field activities to integrate to fully encompass the concepts of geodiversity, geoheritage, and geoconservation.

Furthermore, during the training session, UNESCO presented its actions and objectives for Africa through the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGCP), including the Global Geoparks label. The training served as a platform to introduce and discuss concepts such as geodiversity and geoheritage, covering their inventory, assessment, conservation in protected areas, and promotion strategies.

Click here to view/download the training session report.
The training session pictures are available here.

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