18 new projects to join the International Geoscience Programme in 2021

04 - Quality Education
17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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.


These are the projects that joined IGCP in 2021:

  • IGCP 722: Stone for Development Work-integrated learning and action research program, Raijeli Taga  from Fiji with scientists from Australia, Cameroon, Ghana, Philippines, Zimbabwe
  • IGCP 735: Rocks and the Rise of Ordovician Life (Rocks n' ROL), Bertrand Lefebvre  from France with scientists from Argentina, China, Estonia, Iran, Morocco, Russia, UK, 
  • IGCP 732: "LANGUAGE of the Anthropocene (Acronym: LANGUAGE - Lessons in anthropogenic impact: a knowledge network of geological signals to unite and assess global evidence of the Anthropocene)", Michael Wagreich  from Austria with scientists from , China, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Pakistan, Poland, UK,
  • IGCP  719: Building Research Capacity for Coastal Resilience in West Africa, Mallé Gueye (Senegal) and scientists from Ghana and USA
  • IGCP  739: The Mesozoic-Palaeogene hyperthermal events, Xiumian Hu  from China with  scientists from  India, Ireland, Turkey, USA
  • IGCP 730: Hydrogeological Significance of Mediterranean Geoparks, Marwan Ghanem  from Palestine with scientists from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia
  • IGCP 740: West Makran Paleo-tsunami Investigation, Mohammad Mokhtari  from Iran with scientists from India, Oman, Pakistan
  • IGCP 715: A new karst modelling approach along different tectonic contacts, Daniel Moraetis  from United Arab Emirates with scientists from  China, Greece Norway, Oman, 
  • IGCP 718: Bringing geology and geoheritage to life, Sherene James-Williamson  from Jamaica with scientists from Colombia, France, Trinidad And Tobago, USA
  • IGCP  716: Asian Coastal Resilience Network (ACoRN)  Sonia Binte Murshed  from Bangladesh with scientists from UK and Vietnam
  • IGCP 725: Forecasting coastal change, Jessica Pilarczyk  from Canada with scientists from Australia, Philippines, South Africa, UK, USA
  • IGCP 734: REFRA-SOS (Realtime Flood Risk Assessment in developing countries using Social media, Optical and SAR satellite data)), Muhire Desire  from Morocco with scientists from Cameroon and UK
  • IGCP 727: Geological heritage - sustainable management of geological hazards and water resources in transboundary region of Kyrgyzstan Aleksei Dudashvili  from Kyrgyzstan with scientists from Tajikistan and Turkey
  • IGCP 731: IUGS Geological Heritage sites, Asier Hilario Orús  from Spain  with scientists from Brazil, Colombia, Greece
  • IGCP 714: 3GEO – Geoclimbing & Geotrekking in Geoparks, Irene Maria Bollati  from Italy with scientists from Greece, Oman, Portugal, South Africa
  • IGCP 736: SEDSNet - Science and Education for Sustainable Development Networks in UGGp), Hugo Filipe Teixeira Gomes  from  Portugal with scientists from Brazil, Mexico
  • IGCP 737: SMART Geology for better Community, Ljerka Marjanac  from Croatia with scientists from Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia And Herzegovina,  Greece, Serbia, Turkey
  • IGCP 726: GEOfood for sustainable development in UNESCO Global Geoparks, Sara Gentilini  from Norway with scientists from Portugal, Romania), Uruguay


Congratulations to IGCP 726 “GEOfood for sustainable development in UNESCO Global Geoparks” project which received IGCP’s Council "Special Award”.

Thank you to the IGCP community for their effort and contributions and a very warm welcome to the 18 new projects! 



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