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UNESCO Global Geoparks

Shetland Rocks! Shetland Rocks!ZoomOur Mission

To safeguard and increase the awareness and understanding of Shetland’s rich geological heritage and to use this as a driver for sustainable development.

Our Aims

  • Conserve Shetland’s rich geological heritage and demonstrate its clear links with natural and cultural heritage.
  • Raise awareness and increase understanding of Shetland’s geological heritage.
  • Enhance the image of Shetland and promote sustainable development linked to geological heritage and Geotourism.
  • Implement Scotland's Geodiversity Charter

Geopark Shetland is coordinated by the Geopark Shetland Working Group (GSWG). The lead partner is the Shetland Amenity Trust, which employs a full-time Geology Project Officer to coordinate the various geological activities and liaise with the European Geoparks Network.

The GSWG includes representatives from several partners including Shetland Islands Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Visit Shetland, Shetland Tourism Association, the Association of Shetland Community Councils and various community groups.