Why is geodiversity important?
Geodiversity is now increasingly recognised as crucial to the delivery of ecosystem services and functions for the benefit of Scotland's people and environment.
Scotland's geodiversity is the foundation upon which plants, animals and human beings live. It is a unique teaching and scientific resource, helping us understand issues such as climate change, and sea level rise. It is the physical basis for our varied landscapes and is a vital component of our cultural and built heritage. It also provides an important source of basic raw materials. Geodiversity, therefore, affects all our lives and delivers important economic, social and environmental benefits for the people of Scotland. Unsurprisingly, Scotland's geodiversity also contributes strongly to the Scottish Governments Strategic Objectives.
Looking after our geodiversity is a vital part of conserving Scotland's landscapes and nature. It is also important to ensure that geodiversity continues to be available to help us predict and adapt to future change. Adopting an Ecosystem Approach, as outlined in our Ecosystem Approach framework , means taking an holistic view of ecosystems (both their geodiversity and their biodiversity) during decision-making processes, and valuing the services they provide.
Scotland's geodiversity contributes strongly to the Scottish Government's Strategic Objectives.
Scotland's geodiversity provides a source of basic raw materials (coal, sandstone, soil). These resources have influenced landscape, land use and industry.
Our geodiversity forms the foundation upon which plants, animals and human beings live. It is crucial for sustaining natural systems, such as rivers and coasts.
Scotland contains an unrivalled geodiversity providing a unique teaching and scientific resource, for supporting scientific investigation and life-long learning
Geodiversity helps us understand issues such as climate change, and sea-level-rise, enabling us to better deal with flooding, landslides and coastal erosion.
Geodiversity is a vital component of our cultural and built heritage, influencing many things from settlements & transport to recreation, tourism, poetry & art.
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