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Lithuania embarks on a campaign to establish a common network of Baltic geological heritage sites

2009-05-18

Establishing a common network of geological heritage sites of Baltic countries and developing and promoting geotourism of these countries is one of the key objectives of the project Geological Heritage as a Measure for Sustainable Regional Development. This large-scale project that covers the whole Baltic Sea region has been developed by the Lithuanian Geological Survey under the Ministry of Environment in cooperation with 20 partners from Lithuania and another eight countries, among them Latvia, Norway, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Sweden and Germany. The partners include national geological surveys, municipal authorities, directorates of national parks and research communities.  

According to Jonas Satkūnas, deputy director of the Lithuanian Geological Survey, the project is aimed at preparing inventories of the most interesting, attractive and scientifically important geological sites of the Baltic Sea countries, which will be extremely useful for tourists, specialists and scientists. The project also provides for the selection of the most important and interesting sites of geological diversity in the Baltic countries and their assessment from the perspective of the whole of Europe, the systematic arrangement of knowledge on the geological heritage of the Baltic region and the development of the database of geotopes. Implementation of the project will explore, describe and introduce to the public unique geomorphological and hydrogeological areas, sites of fossils, rocks and minerals and the rich geological diversity of the Baltic region, by taking into account the features of this region’s nature, culture and history. Also measures have been envisioned that would allow improving protection of and developing geological heritage.  

The project expects to receive funding from the European Union Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007–2013. The application submitted by the Lithuanian Geological Survey is currently under review.

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18 May 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas