40th anniversary of the International Geoscience Programme

The International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) is the result of an outstanding and unique cooperative enterprise between UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), designed to attain global homogeneous advancement of the geosciences so as to improve the prosperity of nations and the quality of human life. Over 335 projects in about 150 countries with contributions of thousands of Earth scientists attest to the scientific and applied quality of this programme since its inception in 1972.

Today, the IGCP promotes earth science projects with a clear societal orientation for sustainable development, including natural disaster mitigation, medical geology and natural resource extraction. 

The IGCP is celebrating its 40th anniversary on 22 February 2012 with a series of publications, exhibitions and events. This is an occasion to reflect on past success and, more importantly,  the future of the IGCP.

Tales Set in Stone

40 Years of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP)
Published by UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), 2012.

This volume celebrates the 40th Anniversary the international geosciences programme (IGCP) with a selection of the Tales Set in Stone drawn from examples of excellent IGCP projects which were conducted since its inception in 1972.

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