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39th EGN Coordination Committee Meeting

Burren and Cliffs of Moher (Ireland), 23rd - 25th March 2017

 

 

     

 

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Thursday 23.03.2017

The 39th European Geoparks Network Meeting is hosted by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark at the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon (County Clare).

 

 
 

Thursday 23.03.2017

The representatives of the European UNESCO Global Geoparks are ready for the 39th European Geoparks Network Coordination Committee In the third row from the bottom most of the Italian delegates, from the left to the right: Luigi Bloise and Egidio Calabrese (Pollino UGG), Alessia Amorfini and Giuseppe Ottria (Apuan Alps UGG), Violet Masè (Adamello Brenta UGG), Marco Firpo and Maurizio Burlando (Beigua UGG) and Aniello Aloia (Cilento and Vallo di Diano UGG).

 

 


 

Thursday 23.03.2017

The chairman's table (from the left): Patrick Mc Keever (UNESCO Head of the Earth Sciences and Risk reduction), Nikolas Zouros (EGN and GGN Coordinator), Kristin Rangnes (EGN Vice Coordinator) and Carol Gleeson (Burren and Cliffs of Moher UGG Manager).

 

 


 

Thursday 23.03.2017

Here is the most awaited moment for the Italian representatives and particularly for the Apuan Alps Geopark. Alessia Amorfini from the Apuan Alps UNESCO Global Geopark is submitting to the Coordination Committee her application as new member of the EGN Advisory Committee. Her program has been fully convincing and her candidacy has obtained the unanimous vote.

 

 


 

Thursday 23.03.2017

Along with Alessia, Artur Sa and Sophie Justice have also joined the Advisory Committee as voted members. For Artur from the Arouca Geopark (Portugal) this is a confirmation that attests the good work done in the past years.

 

 


 

Thursday 23.03.2017

Sophie Justice from the Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark (France) while presenting her possible contribution into the activities of the EGN Advisory Committee.

 

 

 


 

Thursday 23.03.2017

In the afternoon meeting of the Geohazard Working Group. This is a new working group born from the need to address one of the most important issues within the UNESCO. It is no coincidence that the attending delegates are from geoparks from tectonically active areas such as Iceland (Katla Geopark), Greece (Lesvos and Psiloritis geoparks) and Italy (Apuan Alps, Beigua and Pollino geoparks

 

 


 

Thursday 23.03.2017

Again in the afternoon, the agenda includes time for separate meetings of the EGN National Committees. The Italian delegates are sharing and coordinating the activities at the national level mostly for the next main appointment: the 8th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks to be held in the Adamello Brenta UGG in September 2018.

 

 


 

Friday 24.03.2017

Today is a sunny day. The landscape from the accommodation hosting the EGN Meeting includes the falls that give the name to the Falls Hotel. Actually, they are not naturals falls; they were formed by deviating the river across an abandoned quarry. In the background, on the hill top, the old Church

 

 


 

Friday 24.03.2017

The work of the meeting starts with an open session regarding sustainable tourism. Short presentations show examples of sustainable tourism in Irish and European Geoparks. Here, Aniello Aloia, Coordinator of the Italian National Geopark Committee, is speaking about the European Charter of Sustainable Tourism.

 

 


 

Friday 24.03.2017

The open session continues in the foyer of the Falls Hotel where the public can mingle and meet the attending Geoparks that display (pull up and leaflets) their work in sustainable tourism. In the photo the representatives from the Azores UGG in front of their pull up advertising the next 14th European Geoparks Conference (September 2017) that will be hosted in their Geopark.

 

 


 

Friday 24.03.2017

Hereinafter, the hall gets crowded. In the foreground Violet Masè and Joseph Masè from the Adamello Brenta UGG.

 

 


 

Friday 24.03.2017

You know these smiling personalities! Nickolas Zouros (EGN and GGN Coordinator) asked Alessia Amorfini (Apuan Alps UGG) to have a picture together as new member of the EGN Advisory Committee.

 

 


 

Friday 24.03.2017

In the afternoon, Joseph Masè, president of Adamello Brenta UNESCO Global Geopark, presents the organization of the 8th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks that will be hosted by his geopark in September 2018.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

Today is the field trip day. At the start, Eamon Doyle, Geopark Geologist of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UGG, explains the geology we will observe by showing us the map “Geology of Ireland” by the Geological Survey of Ireland.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

We arrive at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, the most visited natural attraction in Ireland. It shows a low visual impact being built inside the hills. The weather is extraordinarily nice.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

Divided into groups of few people, the guided tour of the Cliffs of Moher begins. The guide explains the geological features of the Cliffs and illustrates the rules of behavior and security.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

The explanations by the guide are summarized in this and other panels along the path to the Cliffs of Moher. Note that the panels are written in English and Gaelic languages.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

The Cliffs of Moher stand more than 200 meters above the sea level of the Atlantic Ocean. The rocks that form the cliffs are layers of sandstones, siltstones and mudstones that on the whole represent sediments belonging to a river delta formed about 320 million years ago during the Carboniferous period. The Cliffs of Moher formed as a result of coastal erosion by the Atlantic’s waves and wind.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

The good weather and the lack of wind allow a short cruise from the marina of Doolin village. At the start, the sub-horizontal stratification of limestones is clearly visible, testifying to the almost total absence of deformation. The limestones are the oldest rocks outcropping in the Burren region. They formed in a warm, shallow, tropical sea during the Carboniferous period, about 345 million years ago.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

From the boat the Cliffs of Moher are against the light. It is not possible to distinguish the geological details but they give very suggestive pictures anyway!

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

At the Lisdoonvarna Pavilion, meeting with representatives of Community and Schools. Students from the Lisdoonvarna secondary school present their project about the local river. All the European UNESCO Global Geoparks delegates have recognized the high quality of this multidisciplinary project, the result of collaboration between School, Galway University and Burren and Cliffs of Moher UGG, which has dealt with knowledge and protection of this community’s heritage.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

Lisdoonvarna’s primary schools have done a research on the European UNESCO Global Geoparks. Pupils have then chosen a geopark for each country for a more detailed study. For Italy, the Pollino UGG was chosen. The smiling Egidio Calabrese (left) and Luigi Bloise (right) are proud in front of the poster of their geopark.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

Outside the Lisdoonvarna Pavilion, a striated boulder is an example of a glacial erratic, a reminder of how the Burren region was formed by melting glaciers at the end of the Ice Age 12,000 years ago. Erratics are rocks that have been transported from their original location by moving glaciers that eroded soil and bedrock.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

Scenic drive along the portion of the Wild Atlantic Way voted one of the top 10 scenic drives in Europe. We can appreciate the peculiarity of the Burren region: the karst landscape. The word Burren comes from the Irish word “boireann” which means “a stony place”. It is one of the largest karst region in the world. Here the limestone pavement “dives” into the sea by the side of a small lighthouse.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

A short stop to look closely the limestone pavement along the Atlantic coast. A limestone pavement is a bare limestone surface from which the soil has been removed by glaciers and then the exposed rock is dissolved by rain water. In foreground deep vertical fissures (grikes) in the limestones.

 

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

A close-up photo showing the nature of the Carboniferous limestones derived from marine organisms with fossils of crinoids and corals.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

The field trip continues at the Poulnabrone geosite, a megalithic tomb that is one of Ireland’s most iconic archaeological monuments. It is the oldest dated megalithic monument in Ireland as Poulnabrone revealed the remains of 36 individuals in the main tomb chamber and radiocarbon dating of their bones provided a date range of between 5,800 and 5,200 years ago.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

Poulnabrone portal tomb is located on the high Burren limestone plateau, about 150 m above sea level. A panel deals with the geology, ecology and farming of the Poulnabrone area.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

Around the Poulnabrone geosite a dry-stone wall shows a characteristic arrangement of the blocks from the bedrock, i.e. the Carboniferous limestones.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

A period of prolonged rainfall allows us to enjoy the Carran Turlough filled with water which, otherwise, it is normally drained and empty.

 

 


 

Saturday 25.03.2017

The field trip ends at Kilfenora which gives us an unforgettable sunset!

 

 


 
 

 

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