EXPLORE OUR WHISPERING LANDSCAPE
Virtual conference on 15 & 16 June 2021
Our first ever conference, Explore Our Whispering Landscape, was part of the Joyce Country & Western Lakes Geopark Project. This project is funded primarily by the Rural Regeneration Development Fund (Project Ireland 2040) in the Department of Rural & Community Development and by a multi-agency partnership led by Geological Survey Ireland. Its key aim is to achieve UNESCO Global Geopark status for the region for the benefit of communities, local businesses, and the people. The Joyce Country & Western Lakes area of south County Mayo and north County Galway is worthy of UNESCO Global Geopark status due to its geology of international importance.
The conference took place on Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 June and opened a window on UNESCO Global Geoparks’ contributions to sustainable development, and how communities can benefit from more locally generated jobs and business. It also showcased the rich heritage in this proposed geopark region, providing models and ideas for cultural development, geotourism and networking.