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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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. The list of CGMW programmes for the period 2008-2012 is available here.