Geoparks and its importance in environmental education and in geotourism in the context of planned post-mining sites reclamation

  • Wiktoria Sobczyk AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering, Department of Environmental Engineering and Raw Materials Processing. 30-059 Krakow. Poland
  • Michał Poros Geopark Kielce, Poland


This paper is an analysis of determinants that should be taken into account when planning reclamation and revitalization of sites where open-pit mining of rock material has been abandoned. A model area is the White Basin – a large hub of mining and processing industry (Poland). It is to become part of the planned Chęciny-Kielce Geopark. Preliminary valorization of geosites increases the chances of proper management of the sites that are the most valuable in scientific and educational terms. Combining the area of high natural and landscape values with a typically industrial region of the eastern White Basin and the urban Kielce Geopark offers a unique opportunity to utilize post-mining sites as part of the European Geoparks Network. The issue in question is crucial for the formation of eco-culture among the local inhabitants and tourists who flock to see those exceptionally attractive areas.
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