D. International Geoscience Program (IGCP)

IGCP is one of the oldest programs of UNESCO in the field of geology, research and protection of the natural environment and its resources. The program has been successfully developed for over 30 years, involves experts from more than 150 countries. Russia's scientists participate in studies of 25 projects (of the 38 existing), being leaders of some of them.

Under the program UNESCO activities are aimed at developing partnerships in the field of Earth observation from space for environmental monitoring, natural resource modeling and planning policies for sustainable development, strengthening institutional and human capacities of Member States in the fields of earth sciences, natural disaster reduction.

IGCP is an exceptional opportunity for a joint study of unique geological sites and deposits around the world.

The program makes a large contribution to the solution of global problems of geology, exploration of natural resources, the prediction of natural and environmental disasters, the development of new Geotechnology.

The Russian Committee of the Program (www.igcpc.ru) is headed by Academician of RAS, M.A.Fedonkin (member of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO).

Significance for Russia:
• Opportunity to study almost all the unique geological sites of the world and use this experience to assess the mineral resources in Russia and forecast natural and technological disasters. High economic impact of scientific findings.