Eighteen new projects have just been approved by The International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Council that gathered online this week. These projects increased the IGCP family which is now formed by a total of 57 active projects. Out of these, 50 projects will receive a total funding of $335k from IGCP in 2021.
UNESCO is the only United Nations organization with a mandate to support research and capacity building in geology and geophysics and the International Geoscience programme (IGCP) is our flagship. The IGCP has long been globally recognized amongst geoscientists as one of the most successful models for promoting international scientific cooperation in geosciences sharing a global vision for research. This joint venture created 49 years ago by UNESCO, and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) continues to promote the sustainable use of natural resources, advancing new initiatives related to geo-diversity, geo-heritage and geohazards risk mitigation with the financial supports of UNESCO, IUGS, Jeju Province Development Corporation and UNESCO Chinese National Commission. The IGCP Council, supported by the Scientific Board, is responsible for evaluating project proposals according to the IGCP Guidelines, as well as for the quality assessment of projects in progress.
This year, the Council meeting was held online through teleconferencing on the 8th and 10th of March In this meeting, the progress of the 5 ongoing projects was assessed and 24 new proposals – submitted as of 15th October 2020 according to the guidelines of the Council – were reviewed. The agreed to proceed with 57 projects by allocating funding for 50 projects and decided to close 5 projects. Please find here the details of every IGCP project and UNESCO Secretariat 2020 IGCP annual report.