10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
[MIS02-05] Supporting the geopark activity by the Volcanological Society of Japan
Keywords:Committee for Supporting Geoparks Activity, Volcanological Society of Japan, Natural hazards
The International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry in the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI), which is one of associations under the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), organizes the Commission on Volcano Geoheritage and Protected Volcanic Landscapes (VGPL). CVGPL held the VOLCANDPARK international forums in Olot (Spain) in 2012, and Lanzarote (Spain) in 2015. Although its purposes noticed are similar to those in the guideline of Geoparks, any specific activity does not exist as of today, except for holding the above meetings; similar to the" Cities on Volcanoes Conference" by the Commission of Cities and Volcanoes in IAVCEI. The bottom-up activity of people involved in Geoparks, World Natural Heritages, and National Parks would not be promoted by these meetings, although they can be helpful for attendees to exchange information and ideas among those projects.
Combining the activities of Geoparks and IGCP, as IGGP, is one of appropriate processes to promote the transparent relationship between science and society. The scientific results from the IGCP research can be transferred directly to Geoparks and are utilized effectively for geotourism and for increasing the geological value of heritages. Especially, volcanological research results will be used effectively to increase the resilience of local society against volcanic disasters in the volcanic areas in and around Geoparks. By feedback through Geoparks from the society, we may be able to choose scientific research directions.