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The International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) serves as a knowledge hub of UNESCO to facilitate international scientific cooperation in the geosciences. The IGCP mission includes promoting sustainable use of natural resources, advancing new initiatives related to geo-diversity and geo-heritage and geohazards risk mitigation.

Since 1972, the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) has partnered with the IUGS to bring together thousands of Earth scientists from around the world and allowed them to benefit from the cooperative spirit generated under the umbrella of UNESCO.

The IGCP promotes collaborative projects with a special emphasis on the benefit to society, capacity-building, and the advancement and sharing of knowledge between scientists with an emphasis on North-South and South-South cooperation. IGCP operates by providing seed funding grants donated by UNESCO, IUGS and extra-budgetary sources. IGCP projects primarily deal with geosciences on global issues within its five themes:

  • Earth Resources

  • Global Change

  • Geohazards

  • Hydrogeology

  • Geodynamic


Each project has an average lifespan of five years and its progress is assessed annually through a rigorous peer review process conducted by the IGCP Council following the evaluation reports from members of the Scientific Board during the first half of February.

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These are the projects that joined IGCP in 2021:

  • IGCP 722: Development Minerals workshop in the Pacific (Raijeli Taga from Fiji with scientists from Australia, Cameroon, Ghana, Philippines, Zimbabwe).

  • IGCP 735: Rocks and the Rise of Ordovician Life (Rocks n' ROL) (Bertrand Lefebvre  from France with scientists from Argentina, China, Estonia, Iran, Morocco, Russia, UK). 

  • IGCP 732: "LANGUAGE of the Anthropocene (Acronym: LANGUAGE - Lessons in anthropogenic impact: a knowledge network of geological signals to unite and assess global evidence of the Anthropocene)" (Michael Wagreich  from Austria with scientists from , China, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Pakistan, Poland, UK).

  • IGCP  719: Building Research Capacity for Coastal Resilience in West Africa (Mallé Gueye (Senegal) and scientists from Ghana and USA).

  • IGCP  739: The Mesozoic-Palaeogene hypothermal events (Xiumian Hu  from China with  scientists from  India, Ireland, Turkey, USA).

  • IGCP 730: Hydrogeological Significance of Mediterranean Geoparks (Marwan Ghanem  from Palestine with scientists from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia).

  • IGCP 740: West Makran Paleo-tsunami Investigation (Mohammad Mokhtari  from Iran with scientists from India, Oman, Pakistan).

  • IGCP 715: A new karst modelling approach along different tectonic contacts (Daniel Moraetis  from United Arab Emirates with scientists from  China, Greece Norway, Oman). 

  • IGCP 718: Bringing geology and geoheritage to life (Sherene James-Williamson  from Jamaica with scientists from Colombia, France, Trinidad And Tobago, USA).

  • IGCP  716: Asian Coastal Resilience Network (ACoRN)  (Sonia Binte Murshed  from Bangladesh with scientists from UK and Vietnam).

  • IGCP 725: Forecasting coastal change (Jessica Pilarczyk  from Canada with scientists from Australia, Philippines, South Africa, UK, USA).

  • IGCP 734: REFRA-SOS (Realtime Flood Risk Assessment in developing countries using Social media, Optical and SAR satellite data) (Muhire Desire  from Morocco with scientists from Cameroon and UK).

  • IGCP 727: Geological heritage - sustainable management of geological hazards and water resources in transboundary region of Kyrgyzstan (Aleksei Dudashvili  from Kyrgyzstan with scientists from Tajikistan and Turkey).

  • IGCP 731: IUGS Geological Heritage sites (Asier Hilario Orús  from Spain  with scientists from Brazil, Colombia, Greece).

  • IGCP 714: 3GEO – Geoclimbing & Geotrekking in Geoparks (Irene Maria Bollati  from Italy with scientists from Greece, Oman, Portugal, South Africa).

  • IGCP 736: SEDSNet - Science and Education for Sustainable Development Networks in UGGp (Hugo Filipe Teixeira Gomes  from  Portugal with scientists from Brazil, Mexico).

  • IGCP 737: SMART Geology for better Community (Ljerka Marjanac from Croatia with scientists from Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia And Herzegovina,  Greece, Serbia, Turkey).

  • IGCP 726: GEOfood for sustainable development in UNESCO Global Geoparks (Sara Gentilini  from Norway with scientists from Portugal, Romania, Uruguay).

The IGCP 726 “GEOfood for sustainable development in UNESCO Global Geoparks” project received IGCP’s Council "Special Award".


IGCP Chairperson
Prof. Sobhi Nasir

Sultan Qaboos University

Earth Sciences Research

Al-Khod-Muscat 123, Oman

Tel.: +968-92314870



IGCP Executive Secretary
Mr. Kristof Vandenberghe
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 45 68 13 52

IGCP Secretariat 

Dr. Ozlem Adiyaman
Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 14 33



Ms Marie-Laure Faber

Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 07 84



Earth Sciences and Geo-hazards Risk Reduction Section

Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences
7, place de Fontenoy

75352 Paris 07 SP


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