Project: European Ornamental stone resources

Acronym EuroLithos (Reference Number: GeoE.171.017)
Duration 01/07/2018 - 30/06/2021
Project Topic Ornamental stone has contributed significantly in shaping our rural and urban landscapes, through its use in our built heritage from different historical periods. Ornamental stone is today a raw material produced with great skills all over Europe, exploiting the vast diversity of European natural stone resources. Yet, the actual use of local and regional stone resources in Europe is decreasing, and so is the knowledge of the resources, traditions and skills. EuroLithos is founded on the idea that increased knowledge of the geology, quality and history of use of natural stone in Europe will stimulate both more sustainable use of stone resources in Europe for the benefit of SME’s and our cultural heritage, and a sound land use management for the safeguarding of ornamental stone deposits. EuroLithos addresses several aspects of the scope: identify and map the type and quality of construction materials, and provide tools and protocols for the assessment and comparison of deposits. EuroLithos will also address cultural heritage and building preservation aspects, since the maintenance of European heritage and a living stone industry are mutually dependent. EuroLithos will result in an ornamental stone knowledge base under the umbrella of EGDI, covering harmonised spatial data on European stone resources, atlas of resources and use, a directory of ornamental stone properties and guidelines for valorising ornamental stone heritage. EuroLithos will work in close collaboration with the GeoEra Information Platform. The EuroLithos consortium is composed of 16 partners from 14 countries, collectively forming a strong and innovative research group.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
- Identify and define: a descriptive framework for natural stone resources in Europe; - Collect and characterize: following the framework, carry out an inventory of natural stone resources in partner countries; - Make an atlas: template and trial versions for a geological atlas on natural stone on a European and country level linked to databases and directories - Make a directory: database of stones and their properties - Identify heritage values: producing guidelines for assessing heritage values to natural stone - Communicate and collaborate: stakeholder interaction and communication, building networks for continuation; - Integrate and distribute: harmonise and provide data to the forthcoming solutions provided by RM1 and IP1 - Promote and disseminate: promoting natural stone information platform to stakeholders - Maintenance and continuation: secure long-term life and growth of EuroLithos solutions.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Geological Survey of Norway c Norway
2 Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia Partner Portugal
3 Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning Partner Sweden
4 Instituto Geológico y Minero de España Partner Spain
5 Greek Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration Partner Greece
6 Servizio Geologico, Sismico e dei Suoli della Regione Emilia-Romagna Partner Italy
7 Geološki zavod Slovenije Partner Slovenia
8 Geologische Bundesanstalt Partner Austria
10 State Research and Development Enterprise – State Information Geological Fund of Ukraine Partner Ukraine
11 Geological Survey Ireland Partner Ireland
12 Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale Partner Italy
13 Hrvatski geološki institut - Croatian Geological Survey Partner Croatia
14 Cyprus Geological Survey Department Partner Cyprus
15 Service géologique du Luxembourg - Geological Survey of Luxembourg Partner Luxembourg