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Dotted along 22 Miles of spectacular Coastline, the English Rivera is made up of three different resort towns: Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Now recognised as one of only 57 Global Geoparks, the story of this beautiful and dramatic coastal landscape began some 400 million years ago.

A Geopark is an area with a geological heritage of significance, that helps preserve geological features including: representative rocks, mineral resources, minerals, fossils, landforms and landscapes. Geoparks that are part of the Global Network of National Geoparks have additional responsibilities:

To educate and teach the broad public about issues in geological sciences and their relation with environmental matters

To ensure sustainable socio-economic and cultural development

And to foster multi-cultural bridges for heritage and conservation and the maintenance of geological and cultural diversity, using participatory schemes and co-partnership.

Since the launching of the Network in 2004, 57 selected high quality National Geoparks from 18 countries are currently members (Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Iran, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Rumania, Spain, United Kingdom).

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