Geotourism and Geoheritage
Geoheritage : assessment, protection, and management
Place of Publication
Reynard, E. & Brilha, J.
School of Business and Law
Geoheritage and geotourism are two important aspects of human appreciation of the Earth’s geological resources. Geoheritage refers to the elements of the Earth that we value, whereas geotourism is a type of tourism that is based on some aspects of the Earth’s geological and/or geomorphological heritage. Geotourism may have either positive (beneficial) or negative (adverse) impacts on geoheritage. At best geotourism fosters an understanding of and a connection with geological features through visitation, interpretation and education. However, if not planned and developed appropriately, geotourism may cause adverse impacts on geoheritage as a result of ineffective management of geological attractions. This chapter describes the relationships between geoheritage and geotourism and outlines the tourism link between the two through a series of examples of geotourism in selected geological settings.