GeoPark Ruhrgebiet e.V.

The Geopark was founded as a non-profit incorporated association “GeoPark Ruhrgebiet e.V.” in May 2004. It was evaluated and certified as a “National GeoPark“, based on the guidelines defined by the Georesearch Committee of the Federal and State Governments [Bund-Länder-Ausschuss Geowissenschaften] in 2006. In 2011 and 2016, the Geopark was successfully re-evaluated and its status as a German National Geopark confirmed. Membership in this association is open to all natural persons or legal entities supporting the statutory aims of the Geopark. These aims in general are

·         protection and conservation of the geological heritage of the area

·         informing the public about geoscientific topics

·         stimulation of geotourism

Besides RVR (as representative body of the region) and GD NRW (as scientific backbone) the network includes local authorities (town and district administrations), universities and museums, representatives of the extraction and mining industry, environmental and conservation organisations, mining heritage groups, scientific societies and tourist enterprises, as well as personal members.

The GeoPark Team (from the left): Nancy Schumacher, Vera Bartolović, Katrin Schüppel, Dr. Volker Wrede (not on the picture: Elke Kronemeyer). Photo: M.Piecha
The GeoPark Team (from the left): Nancy Schumacher, Vera Bartolović, Katrin Schüppel, Dr. Volker Wrede (not on the picture: Elke Kronemeyer). Photo: M.Piecha