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The history of geoconservation in England: legislative and policy milestones

Colin D. Prosser
Colin D. Prosser
Natural England, Northminster House, Peterborough PE1 1UA, UK (e-mail:
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January 01, 2008


England, and the UK more widely, have robust and mature statutory and voluntary frameworks for delivering geoconservation. Critical to achieving this advanced position was the inclusion of geoconservation within the first nature conservation legislation enacted in Britain in 1949. The development of this legislation benefited greatly from the wisdom of a number of committees set up to inform government thinking. Many of these committees were advised by the scientific community, including geologists and geomorphologists. The work and influence of these committees in establishing geoconservation as part of statutory nature conservation is explored, and the main statutory and policy milestones which have guided and shaped geoconservation in England since 1949 are described. The rise of the voluntary geoconservation movement in the late 1980s is also explored.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

The History of Geoconservation

C. V. Burek
C. V. Burek
University of Chester, UK
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C. D. Prosser
C. D. Prosser
Natural England, UK
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Geological Society of London
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January 01, 2008




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