The London Geodiversity Partnership was formed in 2008 with the aim of promoting, protecting and interpreting geodiversity in London. In 2009 the Partnership, working with the GLA, published ‘London’s Foundations’, a London Plan Implementation Report, which seeks to provide a framework for the conservation, enhancement and promotion of the capital’s geodiversity. In 2012 a revised edition was launched. It recommended that 14 new Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS) are set up across the capital, adding to the 14 designated in 2009 as well as 15 Locally Important Geological Sites (LIGS). Since 2012 a further 3 RIGS have been identified along with an additional 11 LIGS. These will be added to the GLA website as ‘Candidate’ RIGS and LIGS, pending the publication of a third edition of ‘London’s Foundations’. In 2018 the sites being protected, cared for and interpreted by the London Geodiversity Partnership are 7 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), 31 RIGS and 26 LIGS.
More recently the partnership has produced the London Geodiversity Action Plan (originally published in October 2010, with an update in February 2014). The Plan provides a framework for understanding, conserving and using the geodiversity of the capital. In 2018 a new GAP will inform the priorities from 2019-2023.
Members of the Partnership represent a range of organisations including British Geological Survey, Natural England, Geologists’ Association, Historic England, local geological groups as well as academic institutions and representatives of local authorities. A complete list of LGP Partners can be downloaded here.
The Partnership seeks to share good geodiversity practice, influence regional policy and establish cross-regional working for geodiversity as well as providing the following functions:-
• a regional network for organisations, groups and individuals involved in geodiversity;
• a regional voice and profile for geodiversity;
• influence regional planning, policy development and practice;
• share good practice; and,
• work to find opportunities for cross-regional activities.