S4.7: Geoparks in and near volcanic areas, geotouristic activities and raising awareness on geophysical hazards


Nickolas Zouros

Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece

Charalampos Fassoulas

University of Crete, Natural History Museum of Crete, Greece

Ilias Valiakos

Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece

Geoparks are areas with geodiversity of international value and wealthy natural and human environment that aim to protect and conserve their heritage through education and geotourism development. Many geoparks worldwide exist in volcanic areas or are strongly affected by active volcanism at their vicinity,being thus prone to various geophysical induced disasters. The geoparks develop various educational, training and raising awareness activities for their inhabitants and visitors, as well as geotouristic actions focused on volcanoes. This session welcomes contributions in all previous topics as well as innovative approaches and best practices.

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