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Juana Vegas (Secretaria general de la Comisión Internacional de Patrimonio Geológico)

The protection of volcanic landscapes. Geoparks and volcanic tourism

Humanities Conference Thursday, 31 March 2022, 19:00 hours Madrid

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It belongs to cycle: The planet in eruption. Geography lessons from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma.

Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces - salón de actos. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity. 

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Fundación Ramón Areces and Sociedad Geográfica Española


Lola EscuderoSecretaria General de la Sociedad Geográfica Española

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In many places on earth, men live with volcanoes and have learned to adapt to their landscapes and their volcanic episodes. Volcanoes and the products directly caused by their emissions are intimately linked to the geotectonic configuration of our planet from its origin, and can be recognized throughout the geological record. The current configuration of the volcanoes in the lithospheric plates shows us that their distribution is not accidental.

Volcanic processes are generators of unique landscapes on which many civilizations have been and are conditioned by their forms, their composition, their own resources and by the risks that are linked to these territories. From the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, there are many elements of volcanic origin that, due to their scientific, educational and tourist value, are recognized and protected in Spain under the figure of National Park, Natural Park, Natural Monument and Protected Landscape. Also in our country we have examples of unique volcanoes of international relevance that have been recognized in international UNESCO programs such as the World Heritage Site and, since 2015, the UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Under its legal protection and international recognition, countless initiatives and activities have emerged that contribute to the sustainable development of local populations through geotourism. Living with the volcanoes, understanding their processes and generating tourist experiences that are integrated into the economic and social reality of the volcanic territories is, without a doubt, the best opportunity that they offer us in the 21st century.

Thursday,  31 March

18:30 h.

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19:00 h.


Lola Escudero 
Secretaria General de la Sociedad Geográfica Española.

 19:10 h.

The protection of volcanic landscapes. Geoparks and volcanic tourism

Juana Vegas
Jefa del Área de Patrimonio Geológico y Minero del IGME. Secretaria general de la Comisión Internacional de Patrimonio Geológico.

  Juana Vegas

 Juana Vegas has a PhD in Geological Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is currently Senior Scientist and coordinator of the Research Group on Heritage and Geodiversity, at the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (National Center of the CSIC). She is the representative of the IGME in the Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Committee of the MITERD, for the Spanish Inventory of Places of Geological Interest and also in the Spanish Committee of UNESCO World Geoparks.

Since 2020, she has been the General Secretary of the International Geological Heritage Commission of the IUGS (International Union of Geological Sciences) from where they are developing the World Inventory of Global Geosites.

Juana stands out for her vocation for dissemination, being one of the founding members and the first president of the Cultural Association "Geology of Segovia", and as coordinator of the Citizen Science Program "Sponsor a rock". 



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