​The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)

is a multidisciplinary, scientific platform for widening the discussion and creating awareness about problems of Geoethics and Ethics applied to the Geosciences.

IAPG is legally recognized as a not-for-profit association, has more than 2799 members in 128 countries on 5 continents, and can count on a network of 34 national sections.

IAPG works to developing theoretical and practical activities covering a wide range of contents comprising: philosophy of geosciences and history of geosciences thinking; research integrity and professionalism in geosciences; working climate issues and related aspects; geoethics in georisks and disaster risk reduction; responsible georesources management; ethical and social aspects in geoeducation and geosciences communication; geoethics applied to different geoscience fields including economic geology, paleontology, forensic geology and medical geology; ethical and societal relevance of geoheritage and geodiversity; sociological aspects in geosciences and geosciences-society-policy interface; geosciences for sustainable and responsible development; geoethical implications in global and local changes of socio-ecological systems; ethics in geoengineering; ethical issues in climate change and ocean science studies; ethical implications in geosciences data life cycle and big data; ethical and social matters in the international geoscience cooperation.

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What is Geoethics?

Geoethics consists of research and reflection on the values which underpin appropriate behaviours and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. Geoethics deals with the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience education, research and practice, and with the social role and responsibility of geoscientists in conducting their activities..... Read more

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IAPG promotes geoethics through the international collaboration with Associations and Institutions.
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Affiliations: IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences, ICPHS - International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, AGI - American Geosciences Institute, GSL - Geological Society of London, CFES - Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences, GSA - Geological Society of America, GIRAF - Geoscience Information in Africa Network.
Agreements: EFG - European Federation of Geologists, EGS - EuroGeoSurveys, AGU - American Geophysical Union, IAH - International Association of Hydrogeologists, IAG/AIG - International Association of Geomorphologists, IUGS-IFG - Initiative on Forensic Geology, AAWG - African Association of Women in Geosciences, IAEG - International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment, GSAf - Geological Society of Africa, GC - Geoscientists Canada, BDG - Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler e.V., APG - Associação Portuguesa de Geólogos, SGCh - Sociedad Geológica de Chile, NKUA-APRL - The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory, GfGD - Geology for Global Development, JMO - Jeoloji Mühendisleri Odası (Turkisk Chamber of Geological Engineers), MJD - Maden Jeologları Derneği (Turkish Association of Economic Geologists), AEG - Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, YES - International Network of Young and Early-Career Geoscientists, IGEO - International Geoscience Education Organisation, FCEA - Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, SGP - Sociedad Geológica del Perù, I-GEMA - Instituto de Geociencias Y Medio Ambiente, Arequipa-Perù, ANGE - African Network for Geo-Education, GEVAS Red Argentina.
Partnerships: AGU Ethics & Equity Center, iCRAG Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Geoscience - EDIG project, IYGU - International Year of Global Understanding, RFG 2018 - Resources for Future Generations.
New book on geoethics published by the Geological Society of London in the Lyell Collection

A new great book on geoethics (20 chapters, 34 authors) has been just printed:


Di Capua G., Bobrowsky P.T., Kieffer S.W. and Palinkas C. (2021). Geoethics: Status and Future Perspectives. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 508, https://doi.org/10.1144/SP508.

This is the second volume focused on geoethics published by the Geological Society of London. This is a significant step forward in which authors address the maturation of geoethics. The field of geoethics is now ready to be introduced outside the geoscience community as a logical platform for global ethics that addresses anthropogenic changes. Geoethics has a distinction in the geoscientific community for discussing ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, research, practice, education and communication. This provides a common ground for confronting ideas, experiences and proposals on how geosciences can supply additional service to society in order to improve the way humans interact responsibly with the Earth system. This book provides new messages to geoscientists, social scientists, intellectuals, law- and decision-makers, and laypeople. Motivations and actions for facing global anthropogenic changes and their intense impacts on the planet need to be governed by an ethical framework capable of merging a solid conceptual structure with pragmatic approaches based on geoscientific knowledge. This philosophy defines geoethics.

This book is dedicated to Jan Boon.

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Download the poster with the list of chapters

This book on the GSL (Lyell Collection) website:


New book published by Palgrave Macmillan

A new important book (16 chapters, 20 authors) has been just printed:


Bohle M. and Marone E., Eds. (2021). Geo-societal Narratives - Contextualising geosciences. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, XXV+221 pp., ISBN 978-3030790271. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-79028-8.

This book provides an accessible overview of the societal relevance of contemporary geosciences. Engaging various disciplines from humanities and social sciences, the book offers philosophical, cultural, economic, and geoscientific insights into how to contextualise geosciences in the node of Culture and Nature.

The authors introduce two perspectives of societal geosciences, both informed by the lens of geoethics. Throughout the text, core themes are explored; human agency, the integrity of place, geo-centricity, economy and climate justice, subjective sense-making and spirituality, nationalism, participatory empowerment and leadership in times of anthropogenic global change. The book concludes with a discussion on culture, education, or philosophy of science as aggregating concepts of seemingly disjunct narratives.

The diverse intellectual homes of the authors offer a rich resource in terms of how they perceive human agency within the Earth system. Two geoscientific perspectives and fourteen narratives from various cultural, social and political viewpoints contextualise geosciences in the World(s) of the Anthropocene.

This book is dedicated to Mario Bunge.

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International Geoethics Day 2021:

Geoethics enhances the value of Geodiversity
14 October 2021

To celebrate the 5th edition of the International Geoethics Day , send an email to iapgeoethics@aol.com with a photo of you together with a geological item of the place where you live (outcrop, rock, mineral, fossil, geological landscape and/or process). In alternative, post your photo on social media by using the hashtag: #geoethicsday2021.

Moreover, if you want to organize an event (conference, webinar, seminar, field trip, etc.) to celebrate the International Geoethics Day, please inform the IAPG Secretariat by sending an email to: iapgeoethics@aol.com. IAPG will be happy to promote your event.


Hashtag: #geoethicsday2021

Past editions of the International Geoethics Day

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November 2021 - February 2022
Geoethics in a Training Course on Oceans

Eduardo Marone (IAPG-Brazil coordinator) is chair of the module "Geoethics" in the Training Course on Ocean Governance, Ocean Sciences, and Geoethics, organized by the International Ocean Institute - Training Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean (IOI-TC-LAC).

The IAPG is partner organization of this training course.

Download the flyer (pdf)

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Welcome to IAPG-Afghanistan!

The section is officially established on 2 August 2021 and will work under the responsibility of Mohammad Salem Hussaini (Kabul Polytechnic University - photo on top right) and Asadullah Farahmand (Ministry of Energy and Water, Kabul - photo on the bottom right). IAPG-Afghanistan is the 34th national section of our Association.

Mohammad Salem Hussaini got the B.Sc. in Geology, Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science, Sistan and Baluchestan University, Iran; M.Sc., Department of Geoscience, Isfahan University, Iran; and from 2017 is Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the Kabul Polytechnic University. His current research field is on groundwater management for Kabul city and other districts in Afghanistan. He is working on artificial groundwater recharge (site section for managed aquifer recharge in Kabul city which includes spatial multi-criteria decision making techniques integrated by remote sensing and GIS), and on climate change impact on groundwater resources, depletion of groundwater potential zones, and ground subsidence in Kabul city area.

Asadullah Farahmand has a B.Sc. Bachelor's degree focused in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology from Kabul Polytechnic University. From 2019 he works at the Department of Groundwater Resources (MEW) of the Ministry of Energy and Water in Kabul City. He is working in groundwater field for Kabul city and other districts in Afghanistan. In particular, on groundwater potential zones in Arghandab sub basin using remote sensing and AHP, ANP technique and on artificial groundwater recharge (site selection for managed aquifer recharge in Kabul city which includes spatial multi-criteria decision-making techniques integrated by remote sensing and GIS). In addition he is working on the assessment of the origin and source of interaction between surface waters and groundwaters of Kabul basin using hydrochemistry and environmental isotopes (deuterium, oxygen-18 and tritium).

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Welcome to IAPG-Bolivia!

The section is officially established on 5 July 2021 and will work under the responsibility of Wilfredo Ramos Collorana (Universidad Mayor San Andrés - UMSA, La Paz; President of "Colegio de Geólogos de Bolivia"). IAPG-Bolivia is the 33th national section of our Association.

Wilfredo is Professor at the Geological Engineering Department of the "Universidad Mayor San Andrés" (UMSA), La Paz and current President of "Colegio de Geólogos de Bolivia". He is also the Bolivian representative of LAIGEO and IGEO.
He got his PhD at the "Universidad Nacional de La Plata", Argentina. He was Specialist on Environmental Engineering at the "Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Facultad Regional de La Plata", Argentina. He worked on mining exploration and prospecting in Bolivia, also as researcher, and on mining geology in Argentina and Chile (1998-2015). He was Director of Prospecting and Exploration at the "Servicio Geológico Minero" (SERGEOMIN) from 2014 to 2015. He worked on geology at the "Servicio Geológico de Bolivia" from 1993 to 1997.

Other IAPG national sections

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Minigeology interviewed Peter Bobrowsky on geoethics

Peter Bobrowsky (IAPG Continental Coordinator for North America) was interviewed by Daniel Minisini (Minigeology).

Here the link to the video recording on YouTube of the full interview to Peter Bobrowsky: https://youtu.be/jf4RM8YGa8Y

This is the trailer of the interview: https://youtu.be/YVwRarLI6AY

Peter discussed on activities of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (https://www.geoethics.org) and about important ethical issues related to Earth sciences.

Minigeology is a square where you meet protagonists and other characters related to Geology. Daniel Minisini interviews them to uncover their mindset, discover how they approach a problem, their work, life, and then he shares with the community. His interviews help geologists to understand the relationships of Geology with other scientific disciplines and with different aspects of life. He dedicates these stories to listeners that have the curiosity and the patience to listen. Minigeology is informal, unedited and spontaneous, but full of content and dedicated to top notch geologists and institutions dedicated to geology.

Here some more info: https://earthscience.rice.edu/minigeology/


YouTube channel of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: https://www.youtube.com/user/iapgeoethics/videos

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Short Course on Geoethics
(in memoriam of Jan Boon) 

0. Forewords to Honour Jan Boon (Giuseppe Di Capua) - Video

1. Theoretical foundations of Geoethics (Silvia Peppoloni) - Video

2. Responsible conduct of research and professionalism (David Mogk) - Video

3. Development Perspectives for Geoethical Thoughts? (Martin Bohle) - Video

4. Education for Confronting (geo)ethical dilemmas (Eduardo Marone) - Video

5. Geoethics and responsible mining (Nic Bilham) - Video

6. Geoethics in natural hazards from the perspective of an engineering geologist (Vince Cronin) - Video

7. Geoethics' case studies: Paleontology and Geoheritage (Daniel DeMiguel) - Video

8. Geoethics' case studies: effects of the EU directive on conflict minerals (Vítor Correia) - Video

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New book on geoethics and groundwater management

We are glad to inform that a new book has been published at the beginning of April 2021:

Abrunhosa Manuel, Chambel Antonio, Peppoloni Silvia, Chaminé Helder I., eds. (2021). Advances in Geoethics and Groundwater Management: theory and practice for a sustainable development - Proceedings of the 1st Congress on Geoethics and Groundwater Management (GEOETH&GWM'20), Porto - Portugal 2020. XLV + 523 p., 24 b/w illustrations, 180 illustrations in colour, Springer, ISBN 978-3-030-59319-3. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-59320-9.

This book gathers the peer-reviewed proceedings of the 1st congress on Geoethics & Groundwater Management (GEOETH&GWM'20), held in Porto, Portugal, in an online format on 18-22 May 2020. Hosted in the School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto in Porto city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the international conference focused on what has now been dubbed "hydrogeoethics", a novel transdisciplinary, scientific field integrating all dimensions of geoethics in groundwater science and practice.

Download the book Flyer

Download the book Front Matter, containing:
- Foreword by Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG)
- Foreword by Nabil Khélifi (Springer Senior Publishing Editor)
- Preface by Manuel Abrunhosa (IAPG and IAH), Antonio Chambel (IAH), Silvia Peppoloni, Helder I. Chaminé (IAH)
- Acknowledgements
- Preamble by John Cherry (G360 Institute for Groundwater Research, University of Guelph, University of Waterloo)
- Contents (108 papers)
- About the Editors

This book in the Springerlink website

Other books on geoethics

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New book on geoethics (in Italian)
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Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua
GEOETICA: manifesto per un'etica della responsabilità verso la Terra 
Prefazione di Telmo Pievani

2021, Saggine, n. 346, pp. 224, Donzelli Editore, ISBN 978-8855221696

Title in English (GEOETHICS: manifesto for an ethics of responsibility towards the Earth)

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Other books on geoethics

Invitation to submit papers: Special Issue on Geoethics of the journal Sustainability

Title of the special issue:

New Advances on Geoethics and Sustainable Development

Guest editors:

Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua






IAPG endorses the eLearning Course "Practical Geocommunication"

Dear IAPG member,

IAPG has recently endorsed the eLearning course ‘Practical Geocommunication’ offered by Geologize Ltd. Geologize teaches geoscientists to bring the public to a great understanding and appreciation of our planet through effective and powerful communication.

To find out more about the course, please check out the following video:

As a member of an endorsing association, you now have a 70% discount on the usual course price.

Your unique access code is: iapg-pggz

Here’s how to start your learning experience!

1) Head over to https://training.geologize.org/courses/geocomms
2) Click on 'BUY'
3) Register (Free)
4) Click on the link ‘Have a coupon?’
5) Enter the code above. This applies the 70% discount.
6) Pay the remaining value.
7) Start learning!

The number of times this coupon can be used is limited to the current membership of the IAPG, so I kindly request that it not be shared with those outside the IAPG.

Learners follow the course at their own pace and you will have lessons, quizzes, assignments and the opportunity to interact directly with myself, Dr Haydon Mort. A certificate is provided at the end of the course, with the seals of the IAPG, The Geological Society of London and the European Federation of Geologists, who also endorse the course.

All the best,
Haydon Mort

Dr. Haydon Mort
CEO-Director Geologize Ltd
Geologist, Science Communicator


The new IAPG Task Group on Responsible Speleology

This new IAPG Task Group is active from 21 June 2021 and is formed by Mike Buchanan (United Kingdom), Carolyn Ramsey (Canada), and Aleksandar Antić (Serbia).

Human activities have damaged or degraded caves, often unintentionally. Explorers and recreational caving organizations were among the first to respond to this problem by developing “caving codes of ethics” aimed at minimizing or mitigating damage or degradation to caves. More recently, tourist cave managers and various other organizations have also worked to develop “best practice” strategies for a similar purpose. 

More often than not, a key underlying premise of many best practice guidelines is that that caves will be entered and explored. Whereas such guidance provides strategies for minimizing impacts to caves while engaging in certain activities, it often does not consider whether or not those activities should be occurring. In other words, the guidance tells us how to conduct such activities in caves but is silent on whether or not we should conduct them. 

The purpose of speleoethics is to consider this question. A key premise of speleoethics is that as our knowledge of the sensitivity of caves increases, so does our responsibility to preserve these special places.

This new IAPG Task Group has formed to present a defined way forward, by the drafting of an essential White Paper that will provide guidance to the global speleological community. Including those who conduct research within caves and on host karst systems.

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IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with GSAf

On 19 November 2020, the IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with the GSAf - Geological Society of Africa. The agreement expresses a mutual desire to cooperate on a range of themes in the field of geoethics. It helps to assure a continued IAPG – GSAf cooperation and coordination on issues of common interests in Africa, in particular, the following: Theoretical aspects of geoethics; Analyses of geoethical problems and dilemmas, also through case-studies; Co-organization of scientific events on geoethics; Production of relevant publications. GSAf agrees to support the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" (that contains the Geoethical Promise) and to be included in the list of 27 supporting organizations of the statement.

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Questionnaire "Geoethics in the Geosciences"

Which is the the geoscience community's perception and awareness on the importance of the ethical and social aspects of geoscience research and practice?

The online questionnarie "Geoethics in the Geosciences" is the tool for investigating this perception and awareness in this international survey conducted by the IAPG.

Everyone can fill in the questionnaire anonymously, since its structure allows compilers to fill in it as individuals in the performance of their institutional/professional activities, without implying personal data or information related to their private life.

This international survey is partially funded by the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences.

The questionnaire will be disseminated within the international geoscience community, also through the help of the geoscience partner organizations of the IAPG.

Everyone is invited to fill in the questionnaire. Help us in this international survey. Share the link to fill in the questionnaire with your colleagues.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

The questionnaire can fill in here: https://form.jotformeu.com/93223788145362


Read more about the questionnaire


New IAPG expert on Geoethics in Speleology

Mike Buchanan has been appointed as IAPG expert on "Geoethics in Speleology".

Mike has thirty years' experience as speleologist, karstologist. He has focused his interest on the management and conservation of karst groundwater systems and their subterranean component. He has professional experience in the exploration of caves and confined spaces; groundwater tracing and vulnerability mapping of karst freshwater aquifers, in relation to catchments; pollution point source identification by chemical analysis. 

He was co-author of The Management of Karst Landscapes and Caves for UNESCO Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 2002. 

IAPG Board of Experts (Corresponding Citizen Scientists)

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IAPG-Iran has a new coordinator

Parviz Armani has been appointed new coordinator of IAPG-Iran. He replaces Nima Nezafati. The IAPG wishes to thank Nima for chairing this section and for her work in representing IAPG in Iran from July 2021.

Parviz Armani (formerly Ghazanfari) completed his primary and secondary education in schools in Tehran (Iran).  He received his bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Tabriz. After that, he worked for more than eight years in the Ministry of Jihad Sazandegi in Tehran (Water Resources Engineering Services company and Water Resources Engineering Services Company) as an expert, project manager, manager of geology department and the manager of planning and training. He received his master's degree in sedimentology and sediment rocks from Kharazmi University in Tehran. The subject of his thesis was sedimentology of Mozduran oil reservoir rock in northeastern Iran. He joined the Department of Geology of Tabriz University in 1993. After six years of teaching and research, he received a scholarship from the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran to continue his doctoral studies at Delhi University in India. After receiving his PhD in sedimentology and sedimentary geochemistry, he returned to Iran and worked at the University of Tabriz. At the request of the Geology Department of Imam Khomeini International University, he started his cooperation with this university as a visiting professor. He joined the Imam Khomeini International University in 2008 and was the Head of the Geology Department for four years in this University.

IAPG-Iran is one of the thirty-second section of the IAPG.

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IAPG-Peru has a new coordinator

Pedro Isique has been appointed new coordinator of IAPG-Peru. He replaces Carlos Toledo Gutierrez. IAPG wishes to thank Carlos for the excellent job he has done in the last 2 years, strengthening the IAPG-Peru's position as the leading group actively promoting geoethics in South America. Pedro is a geologist with experience in applied Geology, Environmental Geology, Environmental vulnerability of water sources, Quarry Research and sources of construction materials. He worked in all regions of Peru, as well as in Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Brazil and Angola (Africa). Currently, he is President of the XX Peruvian Congress of Geology (2021).

IAPG-Peru is one of the thirty-second section of the IAPG.

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New article: Linking geological heritage and geoethics with a particular emphasis on palaeontological heritage: the new concept of ‘palaeontoethics’.

It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:

DeMiguel D., Brilha J., Alegret L., Arenillas I., Arz J.A., Gilabert V., Strani F., Valenciano A., Villas E. and Azanza B. (2021)

Linking geological heritage and geoethics with a particular emphasis on palaeontological heritage: the new concept of ‘palaeontoethics’.

Geoheritage, 13, 69, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12371-021-00595-3

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New article: Applying the Values of Geoethics for Sustainable Speleotourism Development

It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:

Antić A., Peppoloni S., Di Capua G. (2020).

Applying the Values of Geoethics for Sustainable Speleotourism Development

Geoheritage, 12(3):73, 1-9, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12371-020-00504-0

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New article: Geoethics to Start Up a Pedagogical and Political Path towards Future Sustainable Societies

It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:

Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2021)

Geoethics to Start Up a Pedagogical and Political Path towards Future Sustainable Societies.

Sustainability, 13(18), 10024. https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810024

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New article: The Need for Geoethical Awareness: The Importance of
Geoenvironmental Education in Geoheritage Understanding in
the Case of Meteora Geomorphes, Greece

It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:

Georgousis E., Savelides S., Mosios S., Holokolos M.-V., Drinia H. (2021)

The Need for Geoethical Awareness: The Importance of Geoenvironmental Education in
Geoheritage Understanding in the Case of Meteora Geomorphes, Greece.
Sustainability 2021, 13(12), 6626, https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126626

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New article: Exemplary Ethical Communities. A New Concept for a Livable Anthropocene

It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:

Conversi D. (2021)

Exemplary Ethical Communities. A New Concept for a Livable Anthropocene.

Sustainability, 13(10), 5582, https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105582

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New article: A Geoethical Approach to Unlock a Social-Ecological Governance Problem: The Case of the Tordera River (Catalonia, Spain)

It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:

Bellaubi F., Mallarach J.M., Sardá R. (2021)

A Geoethical Approach to Unlock a Social-Ecological Governance Problem: The Case of the Tordera River (Catalonia, Spain).
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4253, https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084253

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New article: Geoethics, a Branding for Sustainable Practices

It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:

Bohle M. and Marone E. (2021)

Geoethics, a Branding for Sustainable Practices

Sustainability, 13(2), 895, https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020895

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Book: Teaching Geoethics

This e-Book was a deliverable of the Erasmus+ project GOAL "Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning". It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:

Vasconcelos Clara, Schneider-Voß Susanne, and Peppoloni Silvia (Eds.)
Teaching Geoethics
Resources for higher education
2020, U.Porto Edições, 207 pp., https://doi.org/10.24840/978-989-746-254-2

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Cape Town Statement on Geoethics

It sums up all the values, concepts, contents developed by IAPG, giving a perspective for the future development of geoethics. Supported by 22 geoscience organizations and available in 35 languages

Geoethical Promise

A Hippocratic-like oath for geoscientists, originally proposed at the 34th IGC-International Geological Congress in Brisbane (Australia). Translated in 35 languages

White Paper on Responsible Mining

It intends to provide essential reference elements for framing this important topic from an ethical perspective. Drafted by the IAPG Task Group on Responsible Mining and approved by IAPG EC on 1 December 2017


in Geoethics

It envisions a series of short publications that aim to discuss ethical, social, and cultural implications of geosciences knowledge, education, research, practice and communication. 

What's news about socio-hydrogeology
(by Enrico Cameron, Italy)

"... Geoethics underpins socio-hydrogeology first of all because the latter intrinsically acknowledges, and takes care of, the sociological aspects of the interactions between people and groundwater, promotes a more equitable use of groundwater resources and seeks information sharing as wells as the active participation of stakeholders and water users in studying and solving groundwater related problems. Geoethics, at the same time, offers a wider conceptual framework that, also, helps deciding what to do when dealing with competing and conflicting interests, views and values, that socio-hydrogeology may help to highlight and that are the norm when tackling environmental problems."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

Other articles published in the IAPG Blog

The "dark" side of the Moon (and space), between jurisprudence, politics and ecology
(by Silvia Peppoloni, Italy)

"... the Moon is part of the life and imagination of every human being: it is present in all cultures, in myths, in literature, in popular legends. Its formation has made possible the development of life on Earth and continues to influence some fundamental dynamics, and this should be enough to consider it much more than a wasteland, barren and inanimate, to be fought over by nations."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

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Meteorological or anthropogenic drought? A recent study illustrates the environmental, social and economic risks
(by Silvia Peppoloni, Italy)

"Improving the response to future droughts through increasingly effective strategies for managing the demand and water supply of the future, when the climate will be warmer and characterized by numerous extreme climatic events, is not just an issue of economic sustainability. It is also and above all a great safety issue, which affects everyone, since the drought may be accompanied by growing social and geopolitical tensions. Only responsible and farsighted ruling classes and ever more accurate science and technology will be able to try to defuse the effects of the massive anthropogenic global changes taking place."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

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Sustainable Mining – what exactly does it mean?
(by David Ovadia, United Kingdom)

"... So what else can we use as an adjective that means what we want it to mean? How about ‘ethical mining’? This seems to embrace most of the positives without giving the false impression of renewability or permanence. ..."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

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A planet of geodiversity
(by Silvia Peppoloni, Italy)

"Safeguarding the environment and respecting geodiversity, as well as biodiversity, are the basis of a modern ecological sensitivity, which can also be considered the result of a historical process of moral development. In 2021, albeit with a delay of a few decades, we are ready to recognize the full dignity of geodiversity. This is a way to grasp in the totality of human experiences and knowledge that value of diversity that characterizes a renewed awareness of the complexity of the world."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

Other articles published in the IAPG Blog

Geoethics as a Point of Intersection of Humans' Cultural Experiences
(by Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua, Italy)

"The great challenges of the contemporary world are the result of increasingly interconnected and complex human relationships, which can only be analyzed and addressed through close cooperation between science, technology, humanities and social sciences. ..."

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The Ethics of Deep Sea Mining
(by David Ovadia, United Kingdom)

"... This very short blog is not intended to provide any answers but merely to raise the question as to what position should an organisation such as the IAPG take on deep sea mining and, perhaps, to stimulate a discussion on this subject. There is probably no simple or short answer."

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4 September 2021


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Biodiversity and Climate Change
Scientific Outcome of the IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored workshop
June 2021

In the Section 4.2 "Human and Social Dimensions" (page 49) you can read the following sentences, that include also the definition of geoethics by IAPG:

"Ethical behaviour with respect to nature (“geoethics”) is at the core of several discussions regarding adaptation. The values which underpin appropriate behaviours and practices wherever human activities interact with the Earth system play an important role in the awareness of society regarding problems with biodiversity and NCP. Ethical, social, and cultural implications of both scientific knowledge and humankind’s role as an active geological force on the planet and the ethical responsibility that this implies need to be addressed in every plan of action (Bobrowsky et al., 2017). This includes equity issues linked to biodiversity related interventions. These are often not distributionally neutral and have equity implications both within and between generations.

The paper on geoethics cited in the document is:

Bobrowsky, P., Cronin, V. S., Di Capua, G., Kieffer, S. W., & Peppoloni, S. (2017). The emerging field of geoethics. Sci. Integr. Ethics Geosci, 73, 175.

This paper can be read here:



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Lisbon Declaration on Humanities, Open Research and Innovation 
Result of the European Humanities Conference 2021
Lisbon, 7 May 2021

This document is supported by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics
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Guidelines for geoconservation in protected and conserved areas 
(by Crofts R., Gordon J.E., Brilha J., Gray M., Gunn J., Larwood J., Santucci V.L., Tormey D., and Worboys G.L.)
Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series No. 31. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. ISBN 978-2-8317-2079-1, doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2020.PAG.31.en.
IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 2020
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Global Research Report
Research Integrity: Understanding our shared responsibility for a sustainable scholarly ecosystem
(by Szomszor M. and Quaderi N., Institute for Scientific Information)
October 2020
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Promoting Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Oil, Gas and Mining Extractive Industries 
A Women’s Human Rights Report
(by R. Park, B. Metzger, and L. Foreman)
The Advocates for Human Rights, January 2019
White Paper on Citizen Science for Europe
(by Sanz F.S., Holocher-Ertl T., Kieslinger B., Sanz García F. and Silva C.G.)
European Commission, 2014
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
On 25 September 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
  • Geoethics at the vEGU21: Gather Online
  • The video of the lecture on "Geoethics: Integrity and Ethics in Science in Higher Education"
  • UNESCO Lecture Series: Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society
  • Framework for Addressing Racial and Ethnic Equity in Geosciences Professional Societies
  • Workshop on Geodiversity
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