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Title: Community Involvement in Geoconservation: A Conceptual Approach Based on the Geoheritage of South Angola
Authors: Tavares, Alexandre Oliveira 
Henriques, Maria Helena 
Domingos, Artur 
Bala, Abel 
Keywords: geoheritage; Geoconservation; Community involvement; Management; Sustainable tourism; Tundavala; Leba; Angola; African Alive Corridors
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: MDPI
Serial title, monograph or event: Sustainability
Volume: 7
Issue: 5
Abstract: In this work, it is argued that effective protection of geological objects displaying heritage value requires the local community’s involvement in all geoconservation actions, i.e., inventory, evaluation, conservation, valuation and monitoring procedures, and not only at the final part of the process, when it is expected from local communities that the physical integrity of such objects is guaranteed. Community involvement in geoheritage inventory and evaluation procedures can be appraised by using a classification system that integrates both the geoheritage properties displayed by the geological objects and usually recognized by geoscientists (i.e., relevance grade) and the social role attributed to geological objects by communities outside Earth scientists that arise from the public perception of such objects (i.e., abstract perceptiveness). Using two case studies from southern Angola (Huíla Province) where both social and scientific components were taken into account in geoheritage evaluation procedures (Tundavala and Leba geosites), we propose a conceptual community-based model, which can be applicable to geoconservation purposes and actions in other African regions and converging with the main goals of the “African Alive Corridors” initiative.
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su7054893
Rights: openAccess
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