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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IGCP Chairperson
Prof. Guy Narbonne
Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering 
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada
Tel: +613 533 2597 
Fax: +613 533 6058


IGCP Executive Secretary
Prof. Patrick McKeever
Earth Sciences and Geo-hazards Risk Reduction Section, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO
7, place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 68 41 17


IGCP Secretariat 
Dr. Ozlem Adiyaman
Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO
7, place de Fontenoy, 
75352 Paris 07 SP, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 14 33

Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 41 34


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