‘Drifting Apart’ which brings together the Global Geopark Network in the Northern Peripheries and Arctic Region launches new website

Aesha Head Papa Stour. Copyright Shetland Geotours.

The EU funded Drifting Apart project, which seeks to strengthen our understanding of the interconnected geological heritage of the Northern Periphery and Arctic region launched its new website this month.

The project involves seven partners including three UK Global Geoparks and will support the development of the Global Geoparks Network of geoheritage destinations in the Northern Periphery and Arctic Region.

The project is divided into six ‘Work Packages’. Geopark Shetland takes lead role on ‘Work Package Six: Geo-Tourism and Geo-Education’ which will support the creation of project toolkits and supplementary training opportunities for schools and community organisations in the region.

Marble Arch Caves Geopark is leading on the development of ‘Work Package Three: Drifting Apart Story and Learning Opportunities’. The Drifting Apart Storyline will provide a transnational geological history of the region tightly connected to its rich natural, built and cultural heritage. The Storyline will provide foundation material upon which all other project activities will develop. Over the next six months it will transform into education material for schools, online and 3D documentation for geosites, and new interpretive material for visitors to existing and aspiring geoparks.

For the next three years Drifting Apart hopes to generate vibrant, competitive and sustainable communities, by expanding the capacity of unique growth initiatives and opportunities in the Northern and Arctic regions in a resource efficient way.