INTERNATIONAL GEOSCIENCE PROGRAMME (IGCP)
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:
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.
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".
Prof. Sobhi Nasir
Sultan Qaboos University
Earth Sciences Research
Al-Khod-Muscat 123, Oman
IGCP Executive Secretary
Mr. Kristof Vandenberghe
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 45 68 13 52
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