Proyecto Geoparque Ruta del Oro (Ecuador)situación actual de la propuesta

  1. G. Herrera-Narváez 1
  2. N. Paz-Salas 2
  3. P. Carrión-Mero 1
  4. M.J. Domínguez-Cuesta 3
  5. E. Berrezueta 4
  1. 1 Centro de Investigación y Proyectos Aplicados a las Ciencias de la Tierra (CIPAT)
  2. 2 Instituto Tecnológico Superior Quito Metropolitano.
  3. 3 Universidad de Oviedo

    Universidad de Oviedo

    Oviedo, España


  4. 4 Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME), CSIC)
Geotemas (Madrid)

ISSN: 1576-5172

Year of publication: 2022

Issue Title: Geoparques: investigar, educar, conservar y gestionar. Libro de resúmenes de la XIV Reunión de la Comisión de Patrimonio Geológico

Issue: 19

Pages: 73-76

Type: Article

More publications in: Geotemas (Madrid)


The Ruta del Oro Geopark project was born from the need to value the geological-mining heritage present in the Zaruma-Portovelo mining district (Ecuador). The objective of this work is to analyze the current state of the geopark initiative for the planning of future actions that help to achieve its appointment by UNESCO. The work consists of three phases: i) the collection of prior information and critical evaluation of the status of the geopark initiative; ii) the analysis of the dissemination plan and community participation in the project, and iii) the proposal of specific initiatives to improve the proposal. This work has shown that the Ruta del Oro Geopark project complies with the standards proposed by UNESCO and is well accepted by the community and local authorities. However, one of the challenges to be developed is the constitution of an active administrative structure that oversees management and project management, as well as a technical-scientific team capable of coordinating all the authors involved in the nomination to aspire to become a UNESCO Global Geopark.