Strong local involvement in sustainable development strategies brings its own benefits for the local community and every Geopark will have its own unique approach to the issues according to local priorities.
Customs, culture, language, landscape and thriving communities are vital to the ongoing viability of the North West Highlands Geopark. The Geopark seeks to encourage and facilitate where appropriate development which maximises economic benefit without compromising the landscape for generations to come.
- opportunities for local businesses to diversify into tourism niche markets such as geotourism or the green tourism sector
- meeting increasing demand for locally produced food, clothing, arts and crafts
- marketing advantages achieved by being part of European and Global Geopark networks
- better promotion of local events and activities to a wider audience
- development and marketing of local skills, knowledge and aspects of cultural heritage e.g. traditional skills, music festivals, language learning opportunities
- new employment opportunities for local people with expertise in geosciences or geotourism
Each community in the Geopark is represented on the board by a community director:
Tongue Community Council – Sarah MacLean
Durness Community Council – Don Campbell
Kinlochbervie Community Council – Murdo MacPherson
Scourie Community Council – Elizabeth Tønsberg
Assynt Community Council – Malcolm Bangor Jones
Coigach Community Council – Ann Macleod
Lochbroom Community Council – Natasha Hutchison
Projects are being considered in all six community areas and include a dedicated geology themed centre, a climbing wall and a joint interpretation centre. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to share your thoughts and ideas.