The Black Country Geodiversity Partnership

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West Midlands Geodiversity Partnership




Established in 2004 with the support of Natural England the Black Country Geodiversity Partnership comprises key individuals from the Black Country Geological Society, The Black Country Consortium, The four Black Country Local Authorities (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton), The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, a Representative from the Black Country BAP partnership a representative from Birmingham City Council, Natural England and the British Geological Survey.

Key Functions

Key strategic partnership dealing with all aspects of geodiversity in the Black Country. Includes wide activity related to planning, engineering and development control, education and promotion, exhibitions, events, research and site management.

Terms of Reference

The Black Country Geodiversity Partnership is a forum of the key organisations involved in geodiversity at the sub-regional and Local Authority level to conserve and enhance the Geodiversity of the Black Country for landscape, geological features and people with particular reference to geotourism and education.

Our key objectives are:

  1. To work together, and with other interested parties, to
    • identify and agree geodiversity priorities
    • share best practice and experience in the fields of geoconservation and geotourism
    • agree and work towards a common policy on data issues and data standards
    • promote and facilitate partnership and joint project working for geodiversity delivery
    • actively seek resources to carry out these tasks effectively and efficiently
  2. To promote, facilitate and review the delivery in the Black Country of: ====
    • The Black Country Geodiversity Action Plan and the forthcoming National GAP
    • The BCGAPs Objectives and Targets
    • The selection, monitoring, recording, managing and reviewing Local Geological Sites (RIGS/Geological SINCs)
    • Interpretation and promotion of designated sites and the wider geodiversity resource
  3. To raise awareness, appreciation and promote geodiversity as a key constituent of sustainable development together with the contribution it makes to the economic future of the Black Country with particular reference to education and tourism, and added value for people.
  4. To advise and influence policy makers, public bodies and private companies on strategic issues, regional policies, strategies, work programmes and practises that affect geodiversity throughout the Black Country including:
    • advising regional and sub-regional/local planning authorities, development agencies, local strategic partnerships, and decision makers on geodiversity policies, priorities, targets, indicators, and on practical action, in line with Government Guidance (PPS 9, Local Sites Guidance, Mineral Planning etc)
    • To establish links with key biodiversity and historic environment groups within the area
    • To work with mineral extractors in the Black Country.

Our working approach to achieving objectives includes:

  1. Providing the Black Country lead on these geodiversity objectives, targets and indicators together with promoting their understanding and benefits for geodiversity and people
  2. Working in partnership with others to facilitate their delivery, within the framework of sustainable development, providing both socio-economic and quality of life benefits, in particular to geotourism and quality of environment agendas
  3. Providing a supportive framework for the implementation of the Black Country Geodiversity Action Plan.
  4. Reporting on the incorporation of geodiversity in policies, strategies and programmes.
  5. Monitoring the contributions made by and achievements for improving and accessing the sub region’s geodiversity on the ground in partnership with relevant organisations and agencies
  6. Securing necessary resources from both the public and private sector

The framework within which we work includes:

  1. All partner organisations are independent and come together to focus efforts on our objectives. At the sub regional strategic level we seek to be the adviser to all relevant bodies including the Black Country Consortium and other agencies and organisations who operate in the Black Country
  2. Providing a sub regional framework for the Black Country Geodiversity Action Plan.
  3. Providing a network and forum for sharing experience and developing best practice for dealing with the geodiversity issues encountered in the Black Country.

Signed on behalf of:

Further details

The following Internet links provide detail on the individual member functions and activities contributing to the partnership.

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