News from the Geopark
Biggest international event since the 1950s coming to Torbay next year.9 Oct 2015
The seventh International Conference in Global Geoparks next September will celebrate the fantastic geography and scenery of the English Riviera.
It is also hoped the conference will raise the Bay's profile around the world, and leave a lasting legacy for the local community.
It will be the first time the conference has been held in Great Britain and will be the biggest international conference the Bay has hosted since the 1950s when the equivalent of the World Trade Organisation met in Torquay.
"If you are in Torbay you are in the Geopark,"he said."It is about geology, but it's not just about the rocks but about how we use that geology to make a difference to life locally, economically and socially.
"The theme of the conference will be improving health and wellbeing through creative engagement, with programmes with local schools and the community and we have a lot of support from the Arts Council.
"It is a high-profile event and should attract nationally known names."
Local people can get involved as volunteer helpers and there could be a competition for schools.
And he emphasised they want the 600-plus delegates to get out and about in the Bay, eating in local restaurants as one of the themes will be locally-produced food.
The English Riviera's location and tourism facilities should make it a popular conference and it is hoped it will be the first following an anticipated decision in November giving the Geoparks Unesco status.
This will put the Geoparks on a par with areas with Unesco World Heritage status, a designation well respected by international visitors, said Mr Powe.
Torbay Council is underwriting the conference and commercial sponsors are being sought.
Already signed up are Francis Clark, Devon School of English, Churston Farm Shop, and the Cary Arms.
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