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- the geopark
How does it work?
NW Highlands Geopark work is managed by Sutherland Partnership, an area-based organisation set up to secure the economic and social well being of Sutherland by tackling the problems of rural disadvantage. It comprises key public, private, community and voluntary sector partners in the area and was the lead organisation involved in applying for Geopark status.
A local Geopark Steering Group oversees the running of NW Highlands Geopark with members from the following organisations:
- Durness, Kinlochbervie, Scourie, Assynt and Coigach Community Councils
- British Geological Survey
- The Highland Council
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Sutherland Partnership
The work is funded by The Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highland LEADER and The Scottish Government. Significant ‘in-kind’ support is also provided by British Geological Survey, Highland Council Countryside Rangers, The Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and Visit Scotland. Generous support for the work of the Geopark itself has been received from a wide range of local businesses and community organisations.
The day to day work of the Geopark is undertaken by two staff members, Evelyn Mackay and Fiona MacKenzie, based in the NW Highlands Geopark Office in Lochinver. From having no paid staff at its inception in 2004, the Geopark moved to being able to offer a part-time job in 2005 which in turn led to the creation in 2008 of two full-time jobs in the area.