Charter to safeguard the environment

EAST Dunbartonshire Council has signed up to Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter, which is aimed at safeguarding the area’s land and water resources.

The document encourages all sectors of society to work together to protect the geological heritage.

East Dunbartonshire’s geodiversity is defined as the variety of rocks, minerals, fossils, landforms, sediments and soils, many of which are renowned internationally.

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “East Dunbartonshire is rich in geodiversity and in 2010, we carried out a geodiversity audit of the area which identified 34 sites as Local Geodiversity Sites.

“The loss of geodiversity can lead to loss of biodiversity and its damage or mismanagement can have significant economic and social consequences.

“On the other hand, the sustainable management and promotion of geodiversity can have very positive social, economic and educational benefits. East Dunbartonshire Council welcomes the charter and is fully committed to fulfilling its vision”.

The draft charter can be downloaded from the Scottish Geodiversity Forum’s website at http://scottishgeodiversityforum.org/charter/