GEOSUST

Project title:

APPLIED RESEARCH FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH FOLLOWING THE PRINCIPLES OF GEOCONSERVATION: SUPPORTING THE BUZĂU LAND UNESCO GEOPARK INITIATIVE

General description:

GeoSust project is an Applied Joint-Research Project with economical and environmental impact, funded through the EEA Grants Mechanism, coordinated by the Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy – Bucharest. The project’s target is to acquire and apply scientific knowledge for sustainable development and correct management of the natural and cultural environment under the principles of geoconservation. This includes mitigating the effects of the natural hazards and creating the on- field logistics for education, geo-tourism and awareness towards local natural heritage. The main objectives of the project are: (1) develop and implement natural hazard and risk maps for environmental management and risk assessment, (2) develop tools for physical planning based on a centralized inventory of sites relevant for geoconservation, (3) improve knowledge of how the natural environment has inspired the local human imaginary and customs over time, based on an intangible heritage inventory, (4) create strategies and tools for geo-education, public awareness and economic development, (5) create the means for predicting the regional impact of natural phenomena and climate change via GIS platform, (6) create the Geopark Management Plan to seek balance between economic development and environmental protection.

Duration of the project:

  • 2014-2017.

Partners:

  • The Institute of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy (CO)
  • University of Bucharest (Romania) (P1)
  • National Institute of Marine Geology and Geo-ecology (Geoecomar, Romania) (P2)
  • Telemarksforsking (Norway) (P3)
  • Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania) (P4)
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (P5)
  • The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Romania) (P6)

Expected results:

During the project, natural hazard and risk maps will be produced in order to mitigate the effects of phenomena with negative impact on the environment and on human lives and property and, where possible, to convert them into viable economic opportunities. Natural and cultural sites important for geoconservation will be identified and economic development strategies based on the sustainable use of land and centred on the value of natural and cultural heritage will be explored and proposed to decision-makers. A Geopark Management Plan model which focuses on environmental management, protection and economic development is one of the outcomes envisaged by this project. The resulted document will also be sent to UNESCO, in order to initiate the process of official recognition of Buzau Land as a Geopark.