History of RIGS in Wales: an example of successful cooperation for geoconservation
The history of RIGS in Wales is an example of a rise, fall and rise again of a voluntary sector organization operating within the field of geoconservation. The Welsh RIGS movement began as small individual groups, which then gave rise to a national organization with specific needs and problems. As RIGS started in Wales before devolution in 1999, it was regarded as a regional grouping but after devolution it was well placed to take the national Welsh agenda of geoconservation forward. This paper explores the development of this co-operation through national conferences, the development of the Association of Welsh RIGS Groups and looks at the unique position that Wales holds within the field of geoconservation. Finally, the achievements of this approach are highlighted.
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This book is the first to describe the history of geoconservation. It draws on experience from the UK, Europe and further afield, to explore topics including: what is geoconservation; where, when and how did it start; who was responsible; and how has it differed across the world? Geological and geomorphological features, processes, sites and specimens, provide a resource of immense scientific and educational importance. They also form the foundation for the varied and spectacular landscapes that help define national and local identity as well as many of the great tourism destinations. Mankind’s activities, including contributing to enhanced climate change, pose many threats to this resource: the importance of safeguarding and managing it for future generations is now widely accepted as part of sustainable development. Geoconservation is an established and growing activity across the world, with more participants and a greater profile than ever before. This volume highlights a history of challenges, set-backs, successes and visionary individuals and provides a sound basis for taking geoconservation into the future.