The geopark has invested resources in international networking since its inception and resulted in the hosting of the International Conference in September 2014 bringing 1.5 million into the region’s economy.
Stonehammer will continue to leverage knowledge and funds through the network.
The Drifting Apart project will unearth and strengthen the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the fascinating and interconnected geological heritage of the Northern Periphery and Arctic region, and its many links to natural, built and cultural heritage — It will support the development of new and aspiring Global Geoparks, the promotion of innovative products and services for social and economic prosperity and to continue to build a strong network of Geoparks in the Northern Periphery and Arctic Region.
The geology of the Northern Periphery and Arctic provides a common link between diverse regions. Millions of years of moving continents, mountain building, volcanic activity, changing climates and sea levels, erosion and deposition have shaped our landscape. Not only does the resultant geodiversity help us understand the history of our Earth but it also profoundly shapes the world around us. It also offers great opportunities to further develop new economic opportunities, enhance culture and sense of place and conserve this historical link between the regions.
Drawing upon the diverse expertise of the partners the project will provide a shared opportunities for learning about the area’s geology and related heritage, will enhance visitor opportunities on site and off site, will increase visitor numbers into the partners’ areas, diversify visitors from generalist visitors to specialist visitors, provide economic opportunities for local businesses to harness the opportunities linked to the areas geologic heritage, provide opportunities for all partners to share experiences and learn best practice, and to develop a model for sustainable management of the geological areas designated as UNESCO geoparks.
The GEOfood project investigates local food offers and enhances the dining experiences by combining GEOfacts with menus served in selected restaurants. Food and tourism will be linked together by the geological, cultural and natural heritage of the area. A common quality standard has been defined for promotion throughout the geopark network. Stonehammer will launch take on GEOfood in the fall of 2016.
Here is what some of our partners have produced: