Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Video: "The significance of geotourism through the lens of geoethics"

"The significance of geotourism through the lens of geoethics"

(by Silvia Peppoloni)

Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General and research geologist at National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Rome, Italy) delivered the talk entitled "The significance of geotourism through the lens of geoethics" at the EGU 2022 Session EOS4.1: Geoethics in the face of global anthropogenic changes: how do we intersect different knowledge domains? on 24 May 2022.

Geoheritage and geodiversity visually and symbolically express the link between the physical and biological environment and cultural world. In the geoethical vision, their protection is fundamental, since they are irreplaceable components of a non-renewable social and natural "capital" (Peppoloni et al. 2019: They become points of reference to redefine the intimate connection between human beings and Earth, thus assuming a value meaning to be placed at the basis of a new way of experiencing the territory. Initiatives such as geoparks or geotourism represent their concrete implementation, as activities capable of enhancing the environment and its geological landscape. Furthermore, their learning and enjoyment also foster a broader understanding of the significance of geosciences and their importance for the functioning of societies, as well as promoting interactions with local human communities, and the expansion of one’s spiritual and aesthetical dimension while living the interaction with nature.
Newsome and Dowling (2010: define geotourism as follows: “a form of natural area tourism that specifically focuses on geology and landscape. It promotes tourism to geosites and the conservation of geodiversity and an understanding of Earth sciences through appreciation and learning. This is achieved through independent visits to geological features, use of geo-trails, and viewpoints, guided tours, geo-activities and patronage of geo-visitor centres”.
Responsible geotourism enhances sites and landscapes of geological significance, assuring their protection and the sustainable development of surrounding areas. Moreover, the use of those sites by citizens can increase their awareness and understanding of key issues to be faced by society, such as the sustainable use of geo-resources, the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change effects, and the reduction of risks related to natural and anthropogenic phenomena. Geotourism, therefore, also represents the common ground on which geosciences and social sciences can interact, offering undoubted advantages. It makes multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work and cross-boundaries national and international collaboration visual and tangible; it produces an increase in public awareness and scientific knowledge; it improves the quality of life of the local population by creating incentives for economic development; finally, it drives society to behave and act more responsibly towards geodiversity and biodiversity.
This paper frames geotourism within geoethical thought, emphasising its formative contribution for the human being living in the Anthropocene. In the vision of geoethics, geotourism helps to understand that Earth is a system, that reality can be reduced to its constituent parts only for rational convenience, but its deep meaning can only be grasped through the relationships that bind the parts to the whole. In the same way, the human being is an individual immersed in a continuum in transformation and the relationships that bind the individual to the whole are the essence of its specificity.

How to cite: Peppoloni, S. and Di Capua, G.: The significance of geotourism through the lens of geoethics, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-1756,, 2022.


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Monday, June 27, 2022

Just published in the journal Minerals

The paper published is entitled:

"Sustainable Production of Rare Earth Elements from Mine Waste and Geoethics

and authored by Marouen Jouini, Alexandre Royer-Lavallée, Thomas Pabst, Eunhyea Chung, Rina Kim, Young-Wook Cheong and Carmen Mihaela Neculita

This paper is fully open access and can be downloaded here:

The vulnerability of the rare earth element (REE) supply in a global context of increasing demands entails important economic and political issues, and has encouraged several countries to develop their own REE production projects. This study comparatively evaluated the production of REEs from primary and secondary resources in terms of their sustainability and contribution to the achievement of the Geoethics concept as responsibility towards oneself, colleagues, society, and the Earth system. Twelve categories of potential environmental and social impacts were selected: human health toxicity, global warming or climate change, terrestrial and aquatic eutrophication, acidification potential, particulate matter, resource depletion, water consumption, fresh water ecotoxicity, ionizing radiation, fossil fuel consumption, and ozone depletion. The results showed that the environmental impact of REE production from secondary sources is much lower relative to primary sources. A comparison of conventional and non-conventional REE resources showed that significant impact categories were related to particulate matter formation, abiotic resource depletion, and fossil fuel depletion, which could result from avoiding the tailings disposal before reuse. Based on these findings, governments and stakeholders should be encouraged to increase the recycling of secondary REE sources with Geoethics in mind, in order to balance the high demand of REEs while minimizing the overexploitation of non-renewable resources.

This paper can be cited as follows:

Jouini M., Royer-Lavallée A., Pabst T., Chung E., Kim R., Cheong Y.-W. and Neculita C.M. (2022). Sustainable Production of Rare Earth Elements from Mine Waste and Geoethics. Minerals, 12(7), 809. 


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Monday, June 20, 2022

Keynote speech on geoethics at the CGEO 2022 in Portugal

Keynote speech on geoethics at the CGEO 2022 in Portugal

20 June 2022

Silvia Peppoloni
Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General) delivers an online keynote speech, entitled "Geosciences to achieve UN SDGs: The need for geoethics" at the CGEO 2022 Conference.
This event is organized by the Centro de Geociências of the Coimbra University (Portugal) at the Centro Cultural “Elvino Pereira”, Mação (20 June 2022).


Video recording:


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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Launch of MinerLima 2022 by IAPG-Peru

Launch of MinerLima 2022
by IAPG-Peru

10 June 2022
(6:30 pm GMT-5)

We are glad to announce that on 10 June 2022, IAPG-Peru will launch the 8th edition of the Mineralogical Exhibition of Peru (MinerLima 2022).

This year the coordinator of this important event will be César Chacaltana (IAPG-Peru, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, INGEMMET).

During MinerLima 2022 courses and conferences, seminars and roundtables, excursions and guided tours, workshops for students, technological, minerals, rocks and fossils exhibitions will be included in the programme.

Information about this event will be published in the dedicated website:


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