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The contribution of paleontology in the development of geotourism in Northwestern Madagascar: A preliminary assessment

Raveloson, M.L.T., Newsome, D., Golonka, J., di Cencio, A. and Randrianaly, H.N. (2018) The contribution of paleontology in the development of geotourism in Northwestern Madagascar: A preliminary assessment. Geoheritage, 10 (4). pp. 731-738.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12371-018-0323-y
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Abstract

The contribution of paleontology in relation to the creation of a geopark is emphasized by fossils and related geology at Anjohibe and Berivotra in northwestern Madagascar. This research note presents preliminary findings while employing a simple rating system to assess two fossil-rich areas of Madagascar and their potential geo-touristic values that would be essential for the development of a geopark. The point is made that working towards geopark status is likely to place an increased value and appreciation of the geology. Essential criteria for the development of a geopark include the presence of important geoheritage and geosite protection specified according to a management plan. Local community benefits can be derived through the promotion of natural landscape qualities and tourism-related services. This preliminary research project is a starting point in recognizing what needs to be done to value and garner the support of local people in conserving, the geoheritage of northwestern Madagascar.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Copyright: © 2018 The European Association for Conservation of the Geological Heritage
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/42801
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