01. March 2022

A visit to Katla Geopark

Yesterday, Katla Geopark and Katla Centre in Vik were visited by people from the project FÓLEGO. Among the visitors were Dr. Ásthildur B. Jónsdóttir, Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, Dr. Kieran Baxter and Alice Watterson from Scotland and two representatives from Naturteijo Geopark in Portugal. Katla Geopark is not a part of this project, but invited the group for a visit as many of the goals of the project echo with the aims of the Geopark. During the visit the group was introduced to Katla Geopark by its manager, Berglind Sigmundsdóttir and to Katla Center and the artist Sigrún Jónsdóttir by Harpa E. Haraldsdóttir, the director of Katla Center.


FÔLEGO is supported by the EEA and Norway Fund. The project explores the social impact ofthe arts on the communities of the municipalities of Mação, Oleiros, Proença-A-Nova, Sertã and Vila de Rei in Portugal, as well as partner communities in Iceland and Norway. The project focuses on the effects of climate change and proposes to combine artistic and scientific communications approaches to environmental and sustainability challenges by addressing the role of strategic cultural engagements and messaging in raising awareness among different stakeholding communities in vulnerable municipalities in Portugal, Iceland and Norway. Through its public engagement and knowledge sharing across academic and artistic communities of practice, the project aims to inspire, motivate and promote responsible and constructive (sustainable) behavior among various stakeholder groups in target regions and localities.

The FÔLEGO project is a pilot initiative with great potential for seeding new initiatives focused on building resilience in vulnerable communities in Europe through creative co-production among partners from multiple sectors in society. The project has been framed and designed as a potential model in the development of place-based regional and territorial projects in line with the founding principles the BRIDGES Coalition, which has launched in UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations Programme during2021-2022 as a new international platform promoting co-produced research, education and public action in support of social-ecological sustainability and cultural resilience. Though anchored in the humanities, BRIDGES also extends far beyond this domain, working to engage many academic fields as well as local, traditional and indigenous knowledge, in efforts to meet the challenges of the U.N. Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs. 

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