Methodological proposal for the valorization of the geodiversity of rural areas comparable with the zat valley

Joan Poch Serra, Antonio Teixell, David Gómez-Gras, Francisco José Martínez, Esteve Cardellach, José Luis Briansó

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This chapter shows, in a synthetic way, the main contributions to the GEOPARK Project of a team of the Department of Geology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. It focuses on the values of the geodiversity of the Zat Valley and the surroundings. A methodological proposal is presented for the realization of an inventory and the valuation of the geodiversity, which may be suitable for the eventual implementation of a UNESCO Global Geopark in this study area and comparable rural areas. In order to elaborate a methodological proposal, the authors started from the study of the local geodiversity, combining the review of the literature on inventories and geoconservation, within the framework of the UNESCO geoparks, with the fieldwork in collaboration with local experts in nature sciences and tourism. The data collected from these activities have been used in a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis to obtain a diagnosis of the study area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUNESCO Global Geoparks
Subtitle of host publicationTension Between Territorial Development and Heritage Enhancement
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781119681489
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2019


  • Geodiversity
  • Geoethics framework
  • GEOPARK project
  • Methodological proposal
  • Rural areas
  • SWOT analysis
  • Zat Valley


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