Geological Heritage and Geoscience education in Ukraine

  • Volodymyr Manyuk Dnipropetrovsk National University Oles Gonchar


Ukraine has a long history of campaigning for the preservation of not only the biological but alsothe geological component of the natural environment. The first society for the protection of naturein the history of the Russian Empire was created in Ukraine in 1910. The aim  of the society was to protect both the animal  and the mineral kingdoms of the natural environment. Since 1992Ukrainian geologists have been taking part in the meetings of the European working group (EWGFSC-the future  ProGEO), and since 2000 have been members of the Central European Group of ProGEO. One of the symposiums ProGEO 2006 year took place in Ukraine and it was no accident that this allowed us to develop and include in the curriculum of students of geological specialities of Dnipropetrovsk National University a new course: «The Study and Preservation of Natural Geological Monuments (Geosites)», which has been taught from 2012. The training course includes the history of the origin and development of the movement for the conservation of the geological heritage, examples of geoconservation in Europe and the world, the legal framework regarding the Nature Reserve Fund of Ukraine as a whole and its geological component in particular, methodological principles of generating a network of geosites  in Ukraine, the criteria for the selection of geosites at local, national, European and international levels, and more.Key words: Geological monuments (geosites), geological heritage,∙ geoconservation, Nature Reserve Fund, new course of lectures.

Author Biography

Volodymyr Manyuk, Dnipropetrovsk National University Oles Gonchar
Dnipropetrovsk National University Oles Goncharassistant professor (docent) Department of geology and hydrogeologyCandidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences (PhD) Member of ProGEOVice-chairman of Dnepropetrovsk department of Ukrainian National Union Regional Studies


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How to Cite
Manyuk, V. (2015). Geological Heritage and Geoscience education in Ukraine. Journal of Geology, Geography and Geoecology, 23(1), 75-82.