Panel of Experts on Geological Heritage


The EFG Panel of Experts on Geological Heritage aims to support the European Institutions in finding answers to the Geoconservation and Geological Heritage challenges, contributing to the development of European policies to protect the Geological Heritage in Europe. In collaboration with other organizations this PE prepares advice documents and organizes and disseminates scientific events and outreach events on Geoconservation and Geological Heritage.

Our experts

Mónica Sousa

Mónica Sousa


Hanneke Van den Ancker (Netherlands), Dave Harper (Denmark), Ulrike Mattig (Germany), Alecos Demetriades (Greece), Jonh Gordon (UK), Joan Poch (Spain), Aleksandra Maran Stevanović (Serbia), Martina Stupar (Slovenia), Suzana Fajmut Štrucl (Slovenia), Damir Palenik (Croatia), Paulo Jorge Silva Pereira (Portugal)

Activities we developed

EFG Strategic Position - Geodiversity, Geoheritage & Geotourism: Advancing the Future Sustainability of Europe and Preserving the Memory of the Earth

The EFG Panel of Experts on Geological Heritage is presenting a strategic position document as an initial step towards formulating an Action Plan for an EU Geodiversity, Geoheritage & Geotourism Strategy.

Although defined over 30 years ago, the concepts of geodiversity, geoheritage, and geotourism remain relatively unknown in society, resulting in their undervaluation in various public policies and strategies. In response, the European Federation of Geologists underscores the significance of geodiversity as a cornerstone for biodiversity and essential for human prosperity and well-being. Furthermore, the importance of geoheritage in preserving Earth’s memory is emphasised. Geotourism, in turn, presents an opportunity to craft unique experiences, raise public awareness, stimulate local sustainable development, and advocate for the conservation of geoheritage. This document represents the initial phase in formulating an Action Plan for an EU Geodiversity, Geoheritage & Geotourism Strategy.


  • EFG Webinar: Treasures of the Earth, 7 December 2022
  • EFG Webinar: GEOfood – Connection Between Geology and Food, 25 October 2022
  • EFG Webinar: The Relationship between Mineral Resources and UNESCO Global Geoparks, 23 September 2021
  • Celebrating Earth Day 2021: #GeositesOfEurope
  • GeoConnect3D webinar ‘Promoting Geoheritage and Geotoursim’, 22 June 2020. Guest speakers: Mónica Sousa and Glen Burridge.
  • Stand at the GREEN WEEK 2012: “Every drop counts”
  • EFG convener of session at EGU meeting, Geodiversity and Geoheritage in university education and research, Vienna, 22-27 April 2012.
  • Pro-GEO-WG3 meeting on Geodiversity, geoheritage and Nature and landscapes management, Assen, The Netherlands, 19-22 April 2009, meeting was supported by EFG
  • ENSA meeting, invited speaker in 2nd European Network on Soil Awareness meeting, 27 – 29 September 2009 in Osnabrück. The meeting was supported by the JRC.
  • Invited speaker on geological heritage in Taiex Albania meeting EU Mining Legislation and Initiatives related to Non-Energy Extractive Industries INFRA 34256 organised in co-operation with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy and the Albanian Geological Survey, Tirana 20-21 October 2009.
  • Land-Ice & Geotourism in Northern Europe. 1st German-Dutch Workshop. Geopark Mecklenburg Ice Age Landscape. Neubrandenburg, October 23rd – 25th, 2008.
  • TAIEX & EFG Workshop- Palanga, Lithuania. 7-9 Apr 2008.
  • TAIEX & EFG Workshop- Sibiu, Romania. 8-10 Oct 2007.
  • EFG participated in Green Week 2006 (29 May–2 June 2006), with a stand highlighting the concept Geodiversity = Biodiversity, where this panel carried out the organization.


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