International Geoscience Programme (IGCP)
Better understanding the Earth is essential for the diversity of life and future of human society.
The Earth sciences hold key answers to the challenges we must overcome to preserve our environment and develop sustainably.
For over forty years, UNESCO has worked with the International Union for Geological Sciences (IUGS) to mobilize global cooperation in the Earth sciences through the International Geoscience Programme. This Programme has provided a platform for scientists from across the world to push the frontiers of knowledge forward through concrete projects.
In the early years, the Programme enhanced scientific exchange through the correlation of geological strata and research data, focusing on basic geoscientific research and on making connections between events throughout the Earth's history.
Since 2011, the Programme supports work on five themes:
- Earth Resources: Sustaining our Society
- Global Change: Evidence from the geological record
- Geohazards: Mitigating the risks
- Hydrogeology: Geoscience of the water cycle
- Geodynamic: Control our environment
The Programme has always built bridges between disciplines and between scientists, including young ones, with aims of stimulating cutting-edge research and sharing scientific knowledge for the benefit of all.
UNESCO is the only United Nations organization with a mandate to support research and capacity in geology and geophysics, and the International Geoscience Programme is our flagship.