ProGEO - European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage
The first international meeting on geoconservation was held in The Netherlands in 1988, with the presence of seven European countries. One of the outputs of this meeting was the establishment of the European Working Group on Earth Science Conservation, which evolved in 1993 to ProGEO.
ProGEO was the first international body of geoconservation organised as a European and democratic association which has the capacity and the legitimate support to speak for those involved in geoconservation in Europe.
The inspiration of the “First International Symposium on the Conservation of our Geological Heritage” at Digne-les-Bains (France) in 1991 provided a great momentum for the developing cause of European geoconservation, and an ethos to underpin the day-to-day efforts of ProGEO and all in the field, in the form of the Digne Declaration.
From the first establishment of ProGEO, seminars, conferences and symposia have been arranged within the framework of the association, both on national and international levels.
Both regional and national ProGEO groups are active in the work of conserving the geological heritage of their countries or regions. One of the main activities of these groups has been contributions to the geosites project which establishes frameworks for selection of geoconservation sites of international importance.
ProGEO has also cooperated with many others to organize meetings and symposia including, sessions at international geological congresses (IGC)in Oslo (2008), Brisbane (2012), and Cape Town (2016). Other key achievements include contributing to the establishment of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) first two geological resolutions ever, the first adopted at the WCC 2008 and the second at the WCC 2012. For the first time, the World Parks Congress 2014 included geoconservation in its programme in Sydney, Australia.
One of the ProGEO’s major initiatives is the scientific publication “Geoheritage”, published by Springer since 2009. This collaborative effort can develop new and broader perspectives in geoconservation, such as geodiversity, geotourism, geoparks, landscape conservation and geological education.
Furthermore, for the first time a comprehensive overview of geoconservation in Europe has been presented in a book – “Geoheritage in Europe and its conservation”. The book includes specific contributions from 37 countries focussing on legislation and geoconservation practices.
Seventh General Assembly
VIII International ProGEO Symposium on Conservation of Geoheritage. Geoconservation Strategies in a Changing World.
Sixth General Assembly
VII International ProGEO Symposium on Conservation of Geoheritage. Geoheritage: Protecting and Sharing.
VI International ProGEO Symposium on Conservation of Geological Heritage. Geosites: Resources for the Public. Palaeontology and Conservation of Geosites.
Fifth General Assembly
V International ProGEO Symposium on Conservation of the Geological Heritage.
Fourth General Assembly.
ProGEO Symposium. Safeguarding our Geological Heritage. European Protection Policies of the Geological Heritage – Theory and Practice.
IV International Symposium ProGEO. On the Conservation of the Geological Heritage
Third General Assembly.
Conference on Natural and Cultural Landscapes, the Geological Foundation.
Official registration ProGEO as an Association.
III International Symposium. Towards the Balanced Management and Conservation of the Geological Heritage in the New Millennium.
Geological Heritage of Europe.
Second General Assembly.
II International Symposium. On the Conservation of our Geological Heritage/ World Heritage: Geotope Conservation World-wide, European and Italian Experiences.
First General Assembly.
The formal start for ProGEO and the adoption of Articles.
I International Symposium. Declaration of the Rights of the Memory of the Earth.
Presentation of the Lom Articles
The first group, "The European Working Group on Earth-Science Conservation", was founded.