The “Caminhos Geológicos” Project has the main purpose of making the Geology of the Rio de Janeiro State  more accessible to all. Its main tool to communicate with to the public is by installing interpretative  panels about the evolution of geological monuments, identified as “Pontos de Interesse Geológico” (Points of Geological Interest). The project is carried since 2001 by the Geological Survey of Rio de Janeiro State  -DRM-RJ and 103 panels have been installed in 28 cities. The Project also aims to recognize and preserve the geological monuments of the State as Natural Heritage; to publicize the geological knowledge in the communities; and to strength the touristic potential in the region. The Project has scientific, cultural, educative, touristic and ecologic character. Scientific and educative because it brings to the citizen information that was previously restricted to the Academy, by making use of accessible language. Touristic and cultural because it draws the attention to the territory, the landscape and its evolution, as well as it stimulates the science tourism. Considering education, the Project offers talks and workshops for students and teachers, related to different aspects of Geodiversity. Concerning culture, it is relevant the partnership established with the INEPAC (State Institute of Cultural Heritage), to turn the geological monuments into cultural property of the State. From the ecological point of view, the spreading of geological concepts enhances the citizen’s respect for the magnificent efforts of nature to build the landscape that everyone enjoys. On this regard, it must be emphasized that the Project stimulates the feeling of conservation, which may be attested by the number of requests made to install panels in sites aiming at their preservation. The Project also supports the consolidation of a Geopark project, called “Geoparque Costões e Lagunas do Estado do Rio de Janeiro” (Cliffs and Lagoons of Rio de Janeiro State  Geopark). The “Caminhos Geológicos” is a pioneer initiative in Brazil, which has been implemented subsequently in other states. The project is developed in partnership with universities, research centers and city halls, as well as with state and federal institutions, non-governmental organizations, and private companies.

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The experience of the “caminhos geologicos” (geological paths)
Project for the popularization of geology in the rio de janeiro state, Brazil

Kátia Leite Mansur   Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Leonardo Frederico Pressi   Departamento de Recursos Minerais do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Flávio Erthal   Departamento de Recursos Minerais do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The “Caminhos Geológicos” Project has the main purpose of making the Geology of the Rio de Janeiro State  more accessible to all. Its main tool to communicate with to the public is by installing interpretative  panels about the evolution of geological monuments, identified as “Pontos de Interesse Geológico” (Points of Geological Interest). The project is carried since 2001 by the Geological Survey of Rio de Janeiro State  -DRM-RJ and 103 panels have been installed in 28 cities. The Project also aims to recognize and preserve the geological monuments of the State as Natural Heritage; to publicize the geological knowledge in the communities; and to strength the touristic potential in the region. The Project has scientific, cultural, educative, touristic and ecologic character. Scientific and educative because it brings to the citizen information that was previously restricted to the Academy, by making use of accessible language. Touristic and cultural because it draws the attention to the territory, the landscape and its evolution, as well as it stimulates the science tourism. Considering education, the Project offers talks and workshops for students and teachers, related to different aspects of Geodiversity. Concerning culture, it is relevant the partnership established with the INEPAC (State Institute of Cultural Heritage), to turn the geological monuments into cultural property of the State. From the ecological point of view, the spreading of geological concepts enhances the citizen’s respect for the magnificent efforts of nature to build the landscape that everyone enjoys. On this regard, it must be emphasized that the Project stimulates the feeling of conservation, which may be attested by the number of requests made to install panels in sites aiming at their preservation. The Project also supports the consolidation of a Geopark project, called “Geoparque Costões e Lagunas do Estado do Rio de Janeiro” (Cliffs and Lagoons of Rio de Janeiro State  Geopark). The “Caminhos Geológicos” is a pioneer initiative in Brazil, which has been implemented subsequently in other states. The project is developed in partnership with universities, research centers and city halls, as well as with state and federal institutions, non-governmental organizations, and private companies.

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