C12.16 Commission on Geoparks AND YES Network
Title is "Geoheritages, A Recorder of the Global Change along the Silk Road for Future Sustainable Development"
Conveners as Meng WANG*, Dongying WEI, Alireza Amrikazemi, Tanvi Arora
Silk Road, a series of routes that extend across the Eurasian continent and connect a vast area of land including Russia, Mongolia, Turkey, Iran and the Balkan Peninsula. On one hand the Silk Road is a significant traffic hub between the Asian and Europe continents; moreover it covers areas that are rich in natural resources such as petroleum, natural gas and other minerals. Not only the Silk Road fulfills the mission of providing physical routes with its abundant resources that enhance communication both economically and culturally, but more importantly along the Silk Road there are numerous of natural & culture heritages and geological wonders, for instance the Turpan Basin, the Tianshan mountains, the Pamirs, deserts and lakes. However, the Silk Road has an uncoordinated relationship between the advantages of having rich natural resources with huge future development potential and the relatively weak economical foundation in the majority of the areas, such unbalanced situation has become one of the main factors in the areas of political instability.
The Silk Road plays a significant role in cultural transmission history; it has become a popular research topic in international studies, especially in regards to its earth science researches. The cooperation and co-development of the Silk Road in various aspects including Earth science, mineral resource economy, have been highly emphasized with vital significance and international prospective.
In the past, we did a lot of research about the history heritage in this regions but not Geoheritage, which is also very important and development. The Geoheritage and Culture Heritage, both become one kind of recorder of the whole development of Silk Road from past until now. How it play the rule for the future development? And what it the Global Change impacted on them? And how we could develop the geoheritage and culture heritage for the local future sustainable development with the better protection?
We may want to have the discussing in this session to explore the Geohritage along the silk road, and we may also invite the good plan around the nearby area to find the better way to carry out here.
The session is about the development of Silk Road from the history, Geoheritage and Global change, education and local development in the future.
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