3GEO – Geoclimbing & Geotrekking in Geoparks: methods and tools for enhancement, sustainable fruition and educational projects

The 3GEO project, funded under the International Geoscience Program (IGCP) promoted by UNESCO, sees the cooperation between UNIMI and various partners in the world, for the creation of a network of iconic sites relating to the geodiversity of Planet Earth. Through outdoor activities (geoclimbing and geotrekking) and the creation of multimedia products, the geoheritage sites will be promoted to favour the approach to Earth Sciences.

Unimi Coordinator: Irene Maria Bollati


  • Manuela Pelfini, University of Milan (Italy)
  • Tiziana Apuani, University of Milan (Italy)
  • Andrea Zerboni, University of Milan (Italy)
  • Michele Zucali, University of Milan (Italy)
  • Anna Masseroli, University of Milan (Italy)
  • Jasper Knight, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • Mohammed Alkindi, Earth Sciences Consultancy Centre, Muscat (Oman)
  • Charalampos Fassoulas, Natural History Museum of Crete, University of Crete (Greece)
  • Eugenio Fazio, University of Catania (Italy)
  • Ricardo Galeno Fraga de Araújo Pereira, Federal University of Bahia (Brazil)
  • Manuel García - Rodríguez, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid (Spain)
  • Hugo Gomes, Associação Geopark Estrela (Portugal)
  • Manuel Schilling, Universidad Austral de Chile, Campus Isla Teja, Valdivia (Chile)
  • Cristina Viani, University of Turin (Italy)


The project aims to promote the geological heritage sites and enhance the dissemination of Earth Sciences, through the collaboration of a pool of researchers from different countries in the world where there are Geoparks of the UNESCO network, or from areas that aspire to become members of that network. The enhancement will be pursued through outdoor activities such as geotrekking and geoclimbing, useful for approaching and learning about elements of the geological landscape. Furthermore, to facilitate the exploration of these georesources, even remotely, the aim of the project is the creation of 3D models of the geological heritage sites in the different countries, and the related educational applications for schools and the general public.

Target groups/Impact

The target groups of the project are people who regularly visit the natural landscape, who will benefit from educational products, including multimedia ones, which will encourage them to approach the Earth Sciences through outdoor activities. Among the privileged target groups, there are students who, in the context of experiences already carried out, have provided positive feedbacks, also showing a growing interest towards the study of Earth Sciences through the proposed activities.

Type of agreement
Study field
Validity period
From 28-04-2021 To 31-12-2021