Callabotations

We collaborate with all tourism organizations within our area, these are:
Visit Trollhättan Vänersborg, Grästorp turism, Destination Läckö-Kinnekulle, Visit Mariestad, Skara turism, Next Skövde, samt Falköping turism.

Other collaboration parters are:

Äventyr & Trail

Outdoor guide

Hunnebergs Naturskola/Stiftelsen Bergagården

Educational

Kungajaktsmuseet – Älgens berg

Experience

Vänermuseet

Experience

Naturum Vänerskärgården

Experience

Råbäcks mekaniska stenhuggeri

Visiting destination

Qvarnstensgruvan i Lugås

Visiting destination

Västergötlands museum

Experience

Naturum Hornborgasjön

Visiting destination

Visit Hornborgasjön

Tourism

Falbygdens musem

Experience

Ekehagens forntidsby

Experience

Älska Billingen

Outdoor guide

Trailhelg

Experience

Lugnåsberget Ekohotell

Accommodation

Trädgårdsresan

Experience

Discover Sweden Tours/ N&N resor Agritours Sweden

Travel

Falbygdsresor

Travel

Föreningen Vallevägen

Experience

Falbygdens mat och kultur

Experience

Mötesplats Kinnekulle

Experience

Platåbergens Geopark overlaps with Biosphere Reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle. To avoid competition while finding sustainable forms of cooperation, we have developed a collaboration strategy.

Strategy for collaboration 2019–2024:

  • The Biosphere Reserve supports Platåbergens Geopark’s application to UNESCO in the autumn of 2019 through a letter of support.
  • The Biosphere Reserve and Platåbergens Geopark have a common meeting once a year (in November) to update the collaboration strategy and look into opportunities for collaboration for the coming year.
  • The Biosphere Reserve and Platåbergens Geopark have as a routine to keep each other updated on project funding being applied for, so as to not compete for funding.
  • In 2019 and 2020, we prioritize collaboration around the Biosphere Route and collaboration on a shared event.
  • Other collaboration, e.g. around ecosystem services.

Cooperation strategy

Platåbergens Geopark involves organisations, private businesses, volunteers and guides at four different levels.

Partners

Established organisations, e.g.:

  • Municipal organisations, nature schools, schools, community centres
  • Museums
  • Universities and university colleges
  • Nonprofit organisations
  • Tourist and destination companies.
Private businesses

Local businesses within the geopark area who offer:

  • Local products
  • Accommodation
  • Food
Volunteers

Residents in the geopark area who volunteer at various events.

Are You interested to volunteer at Platåbergens geopark? Send us an e-mail at info@platabergensgeoaprk.se

Geopark guides

Tourist companies who collaborate with the geopark to arrange guided tours and events.

The following demands apply on all four levels of partnership with Platåbergens Geopark:

The organisations/businesses and the volunteers undertake to:

  • Be a good representative of the geopark, be informed about what a UNESCO Global Geopark is, what Platåbergens Geopark is, and how the geopark works to fulfil Agenda 2030.
  • Have taken at least one course or attended at least one educational session arranged by the geopark. For organisations, at least one person from the organisation must have attended a course or educational session.
  • Not be involved in any kind of sale of geological material or encourage trade in or collection of rocks or minerals.
  • Guarantee that the geopark logotype is reproduced correctly. When using the geopark logo on larger printed material, such as brochures, geopark staff must give their approval before printing.
  • Show the geopark as a partner on their website and social media, and link to the geopark website.
  • Always check with geopark staff before making statements or communicating with the media about the geopark. Only geopark staff may make statements to the media as representatives of the geopark; partners make statements as representatives of their respective organisations or as private actors.

The organisations/businesses and the volunteers have the right to:

  • Be made visible on the geopark website and in social media.
  • Use the Platåbergens Geopark logo on their own website, in printed material and, after special agreement, on local products.
  • Participate free of charge in study circles and further education arranged by the geopark.
  • Receive free commercial products, e.g. brochures, pins, t-shirts etc. from the geopark.
  • Organisations and volunteers receive a diploma or a sign that they may display at their establishment.

Ongoing projects

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s LONA grant: Time travel – a table mountain experience for children and teenagers

We have received a grant from LONA to develop our activities for children and teenagers. The grant is used to create educational material and instructions for teachers and to develop the “Mini Ambassadors” concept. The project has a strong local foundation as we work with Biosphere Reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle, as well as with museums and schools within the geopark area. The project is an outdoor venture of great social benefit as we make areas available for children.

The purpose is:

  • to give children and teenagers within the geopark area knowledge about their local environments through an educational effort, focussing on the table mountains and their special geology
  • to increase the children’s understanding of geology and the connections between geology, biology, and cultural history
  • to contribute to an increased understanding of the earth systems, including climate change
  • to provide schools and teachers with guidance, support, and material so that they can carry out the items above
  • to develop the Mini Ambassadors concept in collaboration with Biosphere Reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle.

Ongoing research

Studies at Lugnås – weathering of the bedrock

We are studying the geological characteristics of the granite-gneiss that was quarried from beneath Cambrian sandstone at Lugnås for millstone production over a period of many centuries.  While there is literature covering the social and industrial history of those mines, geological reasons for why this rock was well suited to millstone production have been less explored.  The quarried rock is special because it appears to have undergone some unusual chemical weathering through reaction with water, which meant that it could be cut into millstones but also remained strong enough that it did not wear too quickly as a millstone.

Rock cores have been extracted, which are currently undergoing chemical and mechanical testing, and it is planned to use the new synchrotron facility in Lund, MaxIV, to help understand the unusual chemical weathering processes.  Analyses are expected to be completed during 2021 and the project is a cooperation between The Geological Survey of Sweden, Stockholm University, Lund University, Linneas University and The Geological Survey of Norway.

Contact

Bradley Goodfellow
Bradley.Goodfellow@sgu.se

Geological Survey of Sweden (Lund)