International Geosciences and Geoparks ProgrammeInternational Geoscience Programme (IGCP)

The IGCP is a common Programme from UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) that stimulates comparative studies in earth sciences since 1973, currently called "International Geoscience Programme".

The Earth sciences hold key answers to the challenges we must overcome to preserve our environment and develop sustainably. Because of this, the IGCP has financially supported international research teams with 400 projects related to geological issues of global importance.

Priority is given to the projects that work in favor to safer environments, the connection between natural geological factors and health issues, biodiversity, climate change and the extraction of mineral and water resources.

The Programme promotes the implementation of cooperation projects, mainly to provide benefits to society, capacity development and knowledge exchange between industrialized and developing countries. Since 2011, the Program has decided to support the investigation and scientific exchange in the following 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




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