A importância dos condutores de visitantes na divulgação das Geociências em unidades de conservação

Paulo C. Boggiani


The growing interest in ecotourism has led to an increase in tourist visits in national parks, along with the need for organizing that activity by the institutions responsible for conservation units. Since visitor guides were sought among the local population, they were formally recognized and trained by those institutions, through courses and training. The courses in Geosciences for guides must offer a minimum of 40 hours of classes, involving theoretical, practical and field activities in the region. Adequate training of guides furnishes them with a systemic understanding of the area in which they work, and results in a better quality of services offered to visitors. They can thus explain the geological evolution of the region and how it relates to the local biota and historic and socio-cultural issues. The courses must adopt a systemic approach to the understanding of how Planet Earth works, and must relate the processes of internal dynamics with those of external dynamics, through Global Tectonics and explanation of the processes of rock formation, and must include practical activities. Geological Time must be presented, together with the concepts of Paleontology, in such a way that the guide is prepared to present his personal version of the geological history of the region. By informing guides regarding the results of geological research in the region, they become the best disseminators of available information, thus taking on important roles in the dissemination of Geosciences.


Condutor ambiental local; Monitor; Guia de turismo; Geociências; Geologia; Unidade de conservação.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20396/td.v14i4.8654197


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