Geology is anything but a dry science. It deals with the history of the earth and the structure of our planet Earth. The study of the past and its witnesses - the fossils and rocks - is fascinating.
But how is it linked to our lives today? By gaining insight into complex geological processes that have led to the Earth's present today, it is possible to make predictions about the future. Geology helps to assess risks and find solutions to the challenges of our time: a changing climate, natural events and conflicts in the use of natural resources.
Tradition & Culture
The impressive landscape of the Swabian Alb with its lack of water combined with shallow soils and steep slopes was challenging for the inhabitants in the past. People met these challenges with a great deal of ingenuity.
But people also used the geological conditions to their advantage and thus created an impressive cultural landscape. In the UNESCO Global Geopark, we are also dedicated to these traditions and cultural characteristics - they are part of the rich heritage of the Swabian Alb.
Sustainability - a word that is on everyone's lips. But what exactly does it have to do with the UNESCO Global Geopark?
In essence, sustainability means that future generations have the same foundations, opportunities and potential available to us today. How can this be achieved?
In best company
The UNESCO Global Geopark Swabian Alb has a great network. There are currently 177 UNESCO Global Geoparks on our unique planet. They are all outstanding natural landscapes, and the Swabian Alb can count itself among them. We work together and join forces: On a national level with the other seven German UNESCO Global Geoparks and - on an international level - with the European and global geoparks.
The Geopark is also in good company in the Swabian Alb. Togehter with our local UNESCO partners - three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve - we advance UNESCO goal. We closely cooperate with the ten districts and 190 municipalities of the Swabian Alb, as well as with the Swabian Alb Tourism Association (SAT) and many other volunteers, associations and partners.