The IGCP is an initiative of UNESCO and IUGS created to stimulate comparative studies in the Earth Sciences. After three decades of successful work, the "International Geological Correlation Programme" continued, as "International Geoscience Programme".
IGCP provides scientists from about 150 countries with a multi-discipline platform to exchange knowledge and methodology on geological problems of global importance. Special focus is given to projects related to a safer environment, the relationship between natural geological factors and health problems, biodiversity, climate change, mineral and groundwater resources extraction. IGCP promotes collaborative projects with a special emphasis on the benefit provided to society, capacity-building and the advancement and sharing of knowledge between developed and developing nations.
IGCP improves the interaction and networking between geo-hydro and environmental scientists in solving fundamental geoscientific problems relevant to sustainable development.