Professor Cynthia Burek is appointed to UNESCO IGCP Science Board.
GEOMON congratulates its Trustee, Professor Cynthia Burek, who has recently been appointed to the UNESCO International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Science Board which serves as a knowledge hub within UNESCO to facilitate international scientific cooperation in the geosciences. The IGCP mission includes promoting sustainable use of natural resources, advancing new initiatives related to geodiversity and geoheritage and geohazards risk mitigation.
UNESCO included Geoheritage and geoconservation within its remit in 2015 with its designation of UNESCO Global Geoparks. Cynthia was appointed for her expertise on Geoheritage and Geoconservation, having contributed to and produced many publications including the book History of Geoconservation (2008).
She also spearheaded the Local Geodiversity Action Plan project and has extensive experience of science communication. The fact that she is also a Trustee of the UNESCO Global GeoMôn Geopark was an added bonus. She is also the Emeritus Professor of Geoconservation at the University of Chester.
Her remit is to assess projects which have been submitted to UNESCO for funding and to ensure that they fulfill the newly enhanced remit of UNESCO towards equality in gender, age and location as all projects will be expected to include a gender balance, younger scientists (under 35 years) and to include developing countries within their remit.