Pilbara’s Rich Geoheritage Potential for World Class Geotourism Industry Development Opportunities and Management Challenges.
You are invited to a workshop that will be held in Karratha on August 26-27 to discuss a developing opportunity for science-based tourism in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Date: Monday 26 – Tuesday 27 August 2019
Opposite Broadhurst Road
Dampier Hwy, WA 6714
Cost: Free to attend
Includes: Dinner on Day 1
Registrations are essential.
The Pilbara has the oldest convincing evidence of life on Earth, in rocks that are 3.5 billion years old, and surprisingly well preserved despite their great age.
This heritage has attracted a great deal of scientific interest and has been used to guide the search for life on Mars. It is of global significance and should be made widely accessible.
This is a unique opportunity to further develop world-class geotourism in the northwest of Western Australia, forming a stop in a trail of discovery from the living stromatolites (microbial reefs) in the World Heritage Shark Bay area, through the banded iron-formations of Karijini National Park in the Hamersley Ranges, to the oldest preserved life on Earth in the Pilbara.
The aim of the workshop is to introduce participants to the unique Pilbara geoheritage, and to foster an informed dialogue on the best way forward on the major issues of conservation, management, and development. We are interested to hear a wide range of views.
In attendance will be scientific experts on the Pilbara geoheritage, the lead scientist of NASA’s Mars program, representatives from State and Local governments, experts in conservation, industry representatives, and local tour operators.
The meeting will start on Monday August 26 with talks from a range of speakers. This will be followed by dinner and an evening together for informal discussions. The following morning we will reconvene for an open discussion and to develop a roadmap forward.
Registration is free and dinner on the first evening is on us. Please register at your earliest convenience, so we can keep track of catering needs and seating. Feel free to pass this message on to others who may be interested.
We look forward to seeing you in Karratha.
Prof. Malcolm Walter and
Prof. Martin Van Kranendonk
University of NSW