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Valuing Geodiversity in Patagonia Verde: A Fundamental Pillar for Developing a Future Geopark
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1  Institute of Earth Sciences, Pole of the University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, Braga, Portugal
2  Institute of Earth Sciences, Austral University of Chile, Isla Teja Campus, Valdivia, Chile
Academic Editor: Karoly Nemeth

Published: 30 November 2022 by MDPI in The 4th International Electronic Conference on Geosciences session Geoheritage

91 geological sites of scientific, tourist and educational interest were inventoried, following a survey under the project “Development of geotourism products in the tourist destination Patagonia Verde”. This project was developed between 2017 and 2019 to promote the values of geodiversity of the Patagonia Verde (southern Chile) territory and its sustainable use in tourism. A quantitative assessment of the sites supported the identification of management categories and the proposal of different action plans for the sustainable management of the identified geoheritage resources. Most sites can be used in education and geotourism initiatives and support the establishment and consolidation of the Patagonia Verde Geopark project.

Keywords: Patagonia Verde; Geodiversity; Geosite; Geoconservation; Geotourism; Guidelines