Geological heritage may be described as geological, geomorphological or paleontological features possessing aesthetic, intrinsic or scientific and educational value, and that may provide unparalleled
illustration into geological processes and insight into the formation or evolution of the Earth. While recognition of sites of biological or ecological significance (e.g. breeding site of rare or endangered species) and/or cultural significance is readily
and widely acknowledged by the polar community, there has been considerably less attention given to recognition of, and the development of protection measures to manage, intrinsically valuable natural non-living features in the polar regions, in spite of numerous
excellent examples of features worthy of note. Nevertheless, the global impetus is growing for the need for proactive intervention, protection and management of sites of intrinsic geoscientific value. In this session, we invite earth scientists, policy experts
and national conservation administrators to provide examples and case studies illustrating geological heritage from the Polar Regions, useful management and administration tools and strategies for protection and preservation of these features for future generations.Please
encourage your Arctic colleagues to consider submitting an abstract to the session for a diverse representation of polar geoheritage and geo-conservation protections, case studies, and actions.
Please feel free to circulate this notice to others who may be interested.