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Monday, 12 December 2011 21:55

Session themes

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  1. Recognition, assessment and practical management of geosites
  2. Geodiversity assessment methodologies
  3. Focus on current geomorphosites research (assessment and mapping) and recent studies in various geomorphological contexts
  4. Legal frameworks to support geoconservation strategies at different levels
  5. Up-to-date on how the national and regional inventories are going to develop in Europe, mainly in Mediterranean area
Geological Heritage and
Land-use planning
  1. Threats and constraints imposed by land-use planning
  2. How to integrate geoconservation in land-use planning
  3. Geo-archaeology
  4. Geoheritage ex-situ
  5. Good examples and possibilities in regional and local planning
Geoparks and Geotourism
  1. Conflicts and/or possible convergence between geoconservation and geotourism
  2. Geotourism as new potential for local development
  3. Policies for sustainable management and geosite use in geoparks
  4. Presentation of best practices and lesson learned in Geoparks for local development
Cooperation and Education
  1. Implementation of the most effective outreach methods for successful communication with public, decision- and policy-makers
  2. Presentation of best practices in international cooperation
  3. Local initiatives in scientific diffusion and education
  4. Capacity building for teaching geoscience in life-long learning programs



Deadlines Registration fees
April 30th, 2012 € 140 (students, SIGEA and ProGEO members: € 100)
June 30th, 2012 € 170 (students, SIGEA and ProGEO members: € 130)
August 31st, 2012 € 200 (for all participants)

Registration fees will cover the materials of the Symposium the coffee breaks and other cultural events (details within the final programme in August 2012).

Monday, 12 December 2011 21:48

General programme

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The Symposium programme includes plenary lectures, scientific sessions highlighted by invited keynote lectures and selected oral presentations. Pre- and post-Symposium field trips are focused on Apulia and Basilicata geosites.

Date Morning Lunch Afternoon Night
Sept. 24 Pre-symposium Gargano or Salento field trip; the field trips have the same time schedule, subscribers must choose one between the two options  
    Opening of the registration desk  
Sept. 25 Registration desk
(08:30 – 10:00)

Opening ceremony
(10:00 – 11:00)

Plenary lecture/
Scientific session

(11:00 – 13:00)
Plenary lecture/
Scientific session

(15:00 – 17:00)

Coffee break

Plenary lecture/
Scientific session

(17:30 – 19:30)
poster session
Sept. 26 Plenary lecture/ Scientific session
(08:30 – 10:30)

Coffee break

Plenary lecture/
Scientific session

(11:00 – 13:00)

Closing ceremony

III Meeting WG ProGeo
(SW Europe)

(room for other working
groups to meet)
(15:00 – 17:00)

SIGEA Workshop on Geological
(in Italian language)
(15:00 – 19:30)

General Assembly
of ProGeo members

(17:30 – 19:30)

Visit to the
old-town of Bari
poster session
Sept. 27-28 Post-symposium field trip
Southern Appennine (first day), Apulia Foreland (second day)



Antonello Fiore and Salvatore Valletta (SIGEA, Italy)

The official language is English

The symposium web site is:

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All participants are kindly asked to submit their contribution before june 15th, 2012.
Detailed information on abstract submission will be given in the second circular

Monday, 12 December 2011 19:27
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Geoheritage: Protecting and Sharing


7th International Symposium ProGEO on the Conservation of the Geological Heritage

3rd Regional Meeting of the ProGEO SW Europe Working Group

Bari, Italy
24-28 September 2012

The Italian Society of Environmental Geology (SIGEA) and the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage (ProGEO) organise the 7th International Symposium on the Conservation of the Geological Heritage. People (professionals, academics, students) dealing with nature conservation, geotourism, geoparks, education, management, sustainable development, planning and decision-making, and other topics related to the theme of "geoheritage" are invited to participate and encouraged to present their data/experiences by submission of short abstracts.
The Symposium will take place in Bari (Apulia, Italy) on September 25-26 2012, and will be held at the Sala Murat, Piazza del Ferrarese. It will be preceded by one day field-trips (two choices on September 24) and will be followed by a two days field-trip (on 27-28 September).
Bari is one among the biggest towns (metropolitan area) in southern Italy, served by the international airport "Karol Wojtyla" and also easily reachable by train and ship.

The main aims of the Symposium are:

  • to discuss on land-use planning, threats and constraints;
  • to discuss on recent developments in geodiversity assessment methodologies and geosites inventories in Europe;
  • to discuss on legal frameworks supporting geoconservation strategies;
  • to encourage a possible convergence between geoconservation and geotourism;
  • to discuss on sustainable management policies and geosites exploitation within geoparks;
  • to promote the best practices and lesson learned in geoparks for local development;
  • to enhance geotourism and its potentials for regional development;
  • to implement the most effective outreach methods for successful communication with public, decision- and policy-makers;
  • to improve international cooperation and local initiatives for the education and science divulgation;
  • to establish links between geoconservation specialists, mainly in Mediterranean area;
  • to support special measures and guidelines for conservation of our shared geoheritage.
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Regione Puglia Regione Basilicata Provincia di Bari Comune di Bari Università degli Studi di Bari Università degli Studi della Basilicata ISPRA The Geological Surveys of Europe Consiglio Nazionale dei Geologi Società Geologica Italiana Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Puglia Parco Nazionale del Gargano Parco Nazionale dell'Alta Murgia Parco Nazionale Appennino Lucano Val d'Agri Lagonegrese