BGR Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe



Coming soon: GIRAF 2011 Workshop

5. - 9. December 2011
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Organised by the IUGS-CGI and UNESCO
Hosting Organisation: SEAMIC

GIRAF: Geoscience InfoRmation AFrica. Logo

Associated Organisations

African Association of Women in Geosciences (AAWG)


Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW)

The CGMW, the oldest international organization in geoscience after

the International Geological Congress (IGC),

was created in 1881 during the 2nd IGC in Bologna.

It is a non-profit-making scientific and educational

body governed by French law.

The CGMW is responsible for designing, promoting,

coordinating, preparing and publishing small-scale

thematic (geology, geophysics, ore deposits, natural

resources, climate, etc.) Earth Science maps of continents,

major regions, and oceans.

In the context of its mission, the CGMW intends to play a leading role

in the use and diffusion of digital cartographic techniques,

as well as in the development of international standards.

The framework for constructing CGMW maps is highly flexible.

The responsibility for each new cartographic project is assigned

to a General Coordinator appointed by the Bureau to act as organizer and supervisor.

To produce these maps, the CGMW relies on the support provided

by the international scientific community and on cooperation

agreements established with geological surveys, university laboratories,

oceanographic institutes and industrial firms,

depending on the characteristics of each project.

The CGMW is affiliated to the International Union of Geological Sciences

(IUGS) since the latter's creation in 1961 and cooperates closely

with the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)

 in the framework of ICSU geounions.

Recognized as a rank A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO),

the Commission is eligible for UNESCO funding,

part of which is devoted to the co-publication of maps.

Geological Surveys (or similar organizations responsible

for national geological mapping) of countries and territories

throughout the World are Statutory Members of the CGMW.

Other interested organizations can join the CGMW as Associate Members.

A score of key figures from different Earth Science fields make up

the ad hoc Members of the Bureau in charge of running the CGMW,

whose headquarters are in Paris.

General Assemblies are held every two years, alternately

at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and at the venue

of the International Geological Congress. A focal point

of these meetings is to assess the aims of future programmes

and the progress of current cartographic projects.

Geological Society of Africa (GSAf)

The Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) was established in 1973

to encourage geoscientific collaboration and cooperation across the continent.

Its main objectives are:

  • to promote understanding of the earth sciences and improve standards
    of earth science education and research in Africa; 
  • to provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of information across national boundaries
    between scientists, associations and institutions engaged
    in African geology and earth resources; 
  • to promote the development and sustainable management
    of the continent's earth resources, to advance
    its socio-economic development; and 
  • to improve natural hazards assessment and disaster mitigation. 


Dr. Kristine Asch
Phone: +49-(0)511-643-3324
Fax: +49-(0)511-643-3782