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Public Lecture by Professor Patrick McKeever

Updated: Jul 25, 2019


World expert on global geoparks, Professor Patrick McKeever will be in New Zealand to visit the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark and give a public talk on ‘The Role of Geoparks in a Changing World’ at the Oamaru Opera House.

Professor Patrick McKeever was instrumental in establishing the first Global Geoparks in 2000. As Head of Ecological and Earth Sciences at UNESCO and advisor to the Global Geopark Network, he has undertaken numerous expert missions, advising countries on every continent regarding the creation of UNESCO Global Geoparks.

In New Zealand as a guest of the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust, this talk will allow Patrick to share his knowledge of geoparks worldwide, his impressions of ours, and what it means for our district.

There'll be a Question and Answer session after the talk with Patrick and the Whitestone Geopark team.

Entry is by gold coin donation to the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust.

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