The Royal Geographical Society recently awarded Dorset and East Devon UNESCO World Heritage Site – also known as Jurassic Coast – the 2016 Geographical Award for “outstanding collaborative work to foster student and wider public engagement with the ‘Jurassic’ coastline”. The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team received the award at the Royal Geographical Society Awards and Medals Ceremony in London on 6 June.
The 2016 Geographical Award was presented by Nicholas Crane, English geographer, explorer, writer and broadcaster known for his BBC documentary television series. When awarding the World Heritage Team with the Geographical Award, Mr Crane emphasised the: “Impressive partnership approach, with specific mention of the Jurassic Coast Trust, to the management of the Jurassic Coast,” since its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
Sam Rose, Jurassic Coast Manager said:
“We are truly honoured to have received this prestigious award, and humbled to be ranked alongside some of the world’s greatest geographers. It is a testament to the work of many people who have made up the Jurassic Coast team over the last 16 years, and the passion and enthusiasm of many others who have worked so hard to help engage the public with understanding and appreciating this special World Heritage Site”.
The Awards and Medals Ceremony was held at the Royal Geographical Society in central London. Notable among the evening’s other honourees were Professor Michael Storper, Professor of Economic Geography at the LSE who was awarded the Founders Medal for scholarship and leadership in human and economic geography’ and musician and activist Bob Geldof KBE, who was awarded the Patron’s Medal for raising global public awareness and challenging the causes of inequality in Africa. The two Medals, which are of equal standing, are approved by Her Majesty the Queen and are, according to the Society, “among the highest honours of their kind in the world”.