How are the geosites protected against misuse and damage?
Category:Protection of Geosites

General announcements about management regulations on preventing abuse and destructive behaviours within the whole geopark region:

l In 2011,Qianshan county government put forward Regulations on Management of the Geologic Heritage Protection of Tianzhushan Global Geopark.

Announcements about management regulations to prevent destructive behaviours to a single site of the geopark:

l Announcement on Strengthening the Management, Planning and Construction in Tianzhushan Scenic Area;

l  Announcement on Strengthening the Construction Management of Both Sides of the Highway in Tianzhushan Scenic Area;

l Implementation of management announcements in Hanchangchong, Xindian, Doumu, etc.

Specially-assigned persons are dispatched to keep watch and patrol precious geoheritages:

l Staff of Tianzhushan Forestry, scenic Law Enforcement and scenic Environmental Sanitation and guides are not only forest rangers, members of law enforcement teams, sanitation workers and guides, but also protectors of the geosites. Protection slogans and notice boards are set up in highly visible areas warning local residents and tourists not to dig up and collect specimens. Specially assigned protection according to the distribution of UHP metamorphic rocks and Palaeocene mammalian fossils in the southern scientific investigation district of the geopark, are implemented, and local residents are employed to patrol, maintain and keep the area clean.

Mandatory management regulations communicated via website, leaflets and announcements:

l The 17th item of Regulations on Protection and Management of Geologic Heritages (Ministry of Geology and Mineral Resources, 1995) (abstract): No organisation or individual shall be permitted to carry out rock quarrying, earth removal, mining, grazing, cutting and other activities that would damage the protected objects in the protected area and within a range that may affect the geological relics.

Collecting specimens and fossils in the protection area without the approval of the administrative agency is prohibited 

l The 25th item of Regulations on Management of Forest Park of Anhui Province: forbids scribbling and etching on forests and public facilities in forest parks, forbids digging up flowers, grasses, trees, seeds and wild herbs in forest parks.

l  The 8th item of Measures on Protection and Management of Geologic Heritages of Tianzhushan National Geopark: the following activities in Tianzhushan geopark are prohibited: firstly, building of facilities that may damage the geo-heritages; second, quarrying, mine exploration, detonation, timber cutting, etc.; third, collecting geologic specimens and fossils without approval; fourth, ring fencing or filling rivers, springs, waterfalls, etc.; fifth, other behaviours that damage geologic heritages and geomorphologic landscapes.

The 11th item of Measures on Protection and Management of Geologic Heritages of Tianzhushan National Geopark  states that those collecting geologic specimens and fossils, conducting experiments and other scientific research activities in the geopark range should make an application to the geopark administration agency, and these activities should be carried out in designated routes and within an authorised range. A copy of scientific research results achieved should be submitted to the protection and management agency of the geologic heritages and be archived.


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