|Type of Structure:||program|
|Parent Organisations:||UNESCO, IUGS|
|Duration :||1972 to present|
|Contact Address:||no office contact defined|
General information and objectivesThe IGCP began in 1972 as a joint program of UNESCO and the IUGS to obtain answers to interrelated geological problems through international cooperation. Specifically, the broad objectives of the program are (IGCP, 1994): (i) to increase our understanding of the factors controlling the global environment in order to improve human living conditions; (ii) to develop more effective ways to find and assess natural resources of energy and minerals; (iii) to increase knowledge of geological processes and geological concepts through correlative studies of many locations around the globe; (iv) to improve standards of research and research methods and techniques of conducting research.