Pre-conference cours

Short Course

Geoconservation and Geoparks

by Prof. José Brilha


One day (8 hours)


1. To introduce main geoconservation concepts to newcomers;

2. To raise awareness of geoparks;

3. To promote the topic in African and Arab countries.

Main topics:

1. Geodiversity: concepts, values and threats. Download the content of the chapter

2. Geological heritage: concepts, types and uses (science; education, geotourism).Download the content of the chapter

3. Geoconservation strategies: inventory, assessment, conservation, interpretation and monitoring of geosites. Discussion of examples.

4. Geoparks: concepts, development of new projects and examples.Download the content of the chapter


Geologists, geographers, biologists, park managers, tourism managers, school teachers, university students, etc. Maximum number of participants: 30.




Prof. José Brilha

Short CV - José B.R. Brilha is an Associate Professor at the University of Minho (Portugal). For the last 13 years, he is working on geoconservation in Portugal and abroad. He is Editor-in-Chief of Geoheritage, the first international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to geoconservation, published since 2009 by Springer. He is member of the Geoheritage IUGS Task Group, member of the Executive Committee of ProGEO (The European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage) and member of the Scientific Committee of the Arouca Geopark, Portugal (EGN/GGN).

Download the first circular -9th CAAWG-
The "Geodynamics, Geo-education and Geoheritage Research Group" of the Geology Department, Faculty of Sciences, El Jadida (Morocco) in collaboration with the Arabian Geosciences Union (ArabGU), the African Association of Women in Geosciences (AAWG) and the African Geoparks nd th Network (AGN) organize a jointly the 2 ArabGU International Conference (AIC2), the 9 AAWG rd Conference (CAAWG9) and the 3 International Conference on Geoparks in Africa and Middle- East (ICGAME3). This joint congress is hosted by the Faculty of Sciences, Chouaïb Doukkali University, El Jadida (Morocco).

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