Algarvensis Geopark celebrates Geodiversity Day with many activities

There are activities in the three municipalities of Loulé, Silves and Albufeira

The aspiring Algarvensis Geopark has prepared a program of activities that extends throughout the week, celebrating the geological heritage and raising awareness of its valorization and preservation, as part of the celebrations of the International Day of Geodiversity, marked on October 6th.

Thus, several 5th grade classes at Engº Duarte Pacheco School, in Loulé, will have the opportunity to see, touch and learn more about the different rocks found in the territory and the story they tell, by participating in the activity “Reading the rocks of our territory”.

The Municipality of Silves launches a video that, assuming geodiversity as a capital and resource of the territory, a reflection and simultaneously a cause of human occupation and the dynamics of the territory, aims to present the richness, exceptionality and potential for use of this territory, taking into account a sustainable development.

On the 6th, at 18:00, the book “A history that spans many millions of years – from the Tethys ocean to the Algarve’s Barrocal".

Written by Delminda Moura and Sónia Oliveira, researchers at the Center for Marine and Environmental Research at the University of Algarve, the work had the collaboration in the field research of Luís Pereira, coordinator in the Municipality of Albufeira for the application of the Algarvensis territory to the UNESCO World Geopark.

Scientific reviewers were Cristina Veiga-Pires, scientific coordinator of the aspiring Geoparque Algarvensis and Nuno Pimentel, scientific coordinator of the aspiring Geoparque Oeste who also wrote the preface.

It is a book that tells the geological history of the Planalto do Escarpão and surrounding regions, now one of the 10 main geosites to be part of the candidacy of the aspiring Geopark Algarvensis to the UNESCO World Network of Geoparks, but which, at the same time, highlights the geological history of the Algarve basin born millions of years ago in the Tethys Ocean. The interpretation of the landscape as we currently perceive it has not been forgotten and will contribute to a closer look at the Barrocal do Algarve.

The aspiring Algarvensis Loulé-Silves-Albufeira Geopark to UNESCO World Geopark is a territorial area with well-defined boundaries, which, having a geological heritage of great national and international importance, combines a geoconservation strategy and a set of education and environmental awareness, promoting sustainable socio-economic development based on geotourism activities, involving local communities, contributing to the appreciation and promotion of local products.