IGCP- International Geoscience Programme

The International Geoscience Programme is the UNESCO flagship for the promotion of international scientific cooperation in geoscience, sharing a global vision for research worldwide.

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The International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) serves as a knowledge hub of UNESCO to facilitate international scientific cooperation in the geosciences. The IGCP mission includes promoting sustainable use of natural resources, advancing new initiatives related to geo-diversity and geo-heritage and geohazards risk mitigation.

Since 1972, the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) has partnered with the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) to bring together thousands of Earth scientists from around the world and allowed them to benefit from the cooperative spirit generated under the umbrella of UNESCO.

In 2018, IGCP welcomed a new partner, the Jeju Province Development Corporation (JPDC) of the Republic of Korea. Through the new project partnership agreement entitled “Geoscience for Society: JPDC supporting the International Geoscience and Geoparks programme” the JPDC supports IGCP projects and UNESCO Global Geoparks.

The IGCP promotes collaborative projects with a special emphasis on the benefit to society, capacity-building, and the advancement and sharing of knowledge between scientists with an emphasis on North-South and South-South cooperation. IGCP operates by providing seed funding grants donated by UNESCO, IUGS, and extra-budgetary sources. IGCP projects primarily deal with geosciences on global issues within its five themes:

  • Earth Resources
  • Global Change
  • Geohazards
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geodynamic

Each project has an average lifespan of five years and its progress is assessed annually through a rigorous peer-review process conducted by the IGCP Council following the evaluation reports from members of the Scientific Board during the first half of February.

The  IGCP project 726: GEOfood for sustainable development

The project in a glance

The project, GEOfood for sustainable development, financed throuhg the IGCP fund in 2020 involves 42 partners from more than 15 countries for streghten research and idea around GEOfood as a tool for sustainable development in Geoparks and aspiring Geoparks.

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Partners & Team

The team is composed by more than 42 individual members coming from UNESCO Global Geoparks, Geopark projects, aspiring Geoparks, Unviersities, Museum and indipendent experts.

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Five years project objectives 

The project will run for five years and the project objectives are linked with specific actions and results which will be achieved trought an amazing international cooperation of more than 45 individual partners from 24 Countries.

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Objective 1.1  -Project baseline (Database)

Establishing a baseline related to the GEOfood concept for all researchers involved, including the main concepts, their definitions, criteria and indicators to be taken into account.

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The GEOfood toolkit

The board game  

The project second outcome is the GEOfood board game to learn about Geoparks, geoproducts, GEOfood and natural science connections

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Implementation tool- Methodology

2.1. Assessment methodology

2.2. Implementation methodology

2.3. Results evaluation methodology

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