Geoheritage is "the abbreviated version of the term geological heritage. It is part of the natural heritage of a certain area constituted by geodiversity elements with particular geological value and hence worthy of safeguard for the benefit of present and future generations. Geoheritage can include both in situ elements (geosites) or ex situ elements (collections of geological specimens) with paleontological, geomorphological, mineralogical, petrological or stratigraphical significance, among others."; ProGEO (the European association for the conservation of the geological heritage). 

The Geoheritage programme works to p​​rotect and promote ​​​​​​sites of national and international geological importance in Ireland.

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The Geoheritage programme collaborates with the Geoparks network, academia and GSNI. Slate secures World Heritage Stone statusEarlier this year, Valentia Slate achieved the coveted status of World Heritage Stone. There are only 55 of these worldwide and the only other Irish example of this designation is Connemara Marble. The designation was awarded by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS).13/06/2024 23:00:00 UNESCO Global Geopark Sustainability Awards 2024Burren Ecotourism Network, developing Sustainable Ethos and Practices Among Tourism Businesses; 2024 Sustainability Awards07/05/2024 23:00:00 Geological Heritage of County Cork08/05/2024 23:00:00 Geological Heritage of Cork City14/06/2022 23:00:00