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.