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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 3194 members in 130 countries on 5 continents, and can count on a network of 35 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 geoscience 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.

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..... 

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Affiliations and Agreements

IAPG promotes geoethics through the international collaboration with Associations and Institutions. IAPG has:
7 affiliations, 31 agreements for cooperation, 5 partnerships.

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Geoethics Medal 2024: Call for applications open!

The Geoethics Medal honors scientists and scholars who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to ethical practices in geoscience research and/or practice, as well as its interdisciplinary applications. The award highlights the importance of responsible and ethical behavior in geosciences and encourages others to integrate geoethical principles into their work.

The Geoethics Medal is open to geoscientists and other scholars/professionals from around the world who have made significant contributions to promoting geoethics and social geosciences and/or including geoethical principles and values into their professional and/or societal practices. Candidates may be nominated for their work in various areas, including:

  • Development and implementation of geoethical practices in professional and societal settings.

  • Education and outreach efforts that enhance the understanding of geoethics and social geosciences among students and the general public.

  • Leadership in promoting geoethical standards within organizations, institutions, and society.

Nominations have to be submitted by 31 December 2024, by providing the following material about the candidate:

  • A CV (about 1 page) and a list of up to 10 selected publications that show the focus on ethical/social/cultural implications in the geoscience work, as well as interdisciplinary applications.

  • A concise statement of achievements for merits in the geoethical field (maximum 250 words).

  • A brief encomium of the candidate and his/her work (maximum 600 words).

​The nominations have to be submitted through an email to:, with the subject “Nomination for the IAPG Geoethics Medal 2024”.

The nominations will be evaluated by an international committee.

Important: IAPG officers (Members of the Executive Council, Coordinators of National Sections, Corresponding Citizen Scientists, Members of Task Groups, Members of the Board of the Young Scientists Club) cannot be nominated for the Geoethics Medal.

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Geoethics Medal 2023 assigned

Prof. Erika Marín-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), has been awarded the Geoethics Medal 2023. This is the statement of achievements:

Within Geoethics, Prof. Erika Marín-Spiotta’s research and leadership primarily addresses: (1) working climate issues- through research and reflection on values, behaviors, and practices of how geoscientists interact with peers and trainees; (2) research integrity and professionalism- through increasing awareness and accountability of geoscientists’ social role and their responsibilities towards the ethical treatment of people; and (3) ethical and social aspects in geoeducation- through anti-racist pedagogy to broaden participation in one of the least diverse fields in the sciences. Marín-Spiotta is leading a multi-institutional interdisciplinary research team studying workplace climate in the geosciences. As the lead Principal Investigator of the ADVANCEGeo Partnership, she developed trainings to provide researchers in academia, government agencies, and other organizations with the skills to identify and mitigate sexual and other types of identity-based harassment and exclusionary behaviors. She has advocated for expanding the definition of research misconduct to include harassment, bullying and discrimination. She has advised teams on the ethical aspects of field work to ensure people’s safety and is a co-Principal Investigator on a new collaborative award to create and disseminate field safety risk assessment trainings. A co-authored review analyzed how social identities were incorporated into geoscience education research. Marín-Spiotta is part of a team creating tools for geoscientists and others to apply anti-racism and critical pedagogy into teaching and mentoring.

Read more about Prof. Erika Marín-Spiotta and the Geoethics Medal

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21-23 June 2024
Assisi (Italy)
Geoethics in Assisi (Italy)

International existential humanistic conference "Uomo - Unità di Azione: Definire l'Uomo per Ritrovare la Radicalità di Natura" ("Human - Unity of Action: Defining Human to Rediscover Their Rootness of Nature").

Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua gives a talk titled "Geoetica per un Umanesimo Ecologico" ("Geoethics for an Ecological Humanism").

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21 - 22 June 2024
Lima (Peru)
I Latin American Symposium on Geoethics

The network of Latin American sections of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG), invites the scientific community to the I Latin American Symposium on Geoethics "Building Healthy Relationships with the Planet".

This event is included into the I Peruvian Biennial in Geotechnics. 

Topics of interest in the symposium are research and reflections on behaviors and practices related to the interaction of human activities and the Earth system based on the principles and values advocated by geoethics.
This symposium hopes to attract professionals and researchers from the Earth Sciences, related areas and the Social and Human Sciences.
A Latin American perspective is considered important to contribute to an increasingly authentic and plural geoethics.

The official language of the symposium is Spanish. Due to the regional nature of the event, contributions in Portuguese and English will be also accepted.

Venue: Auditorio del Colegio de Ingenieros del Perú - CD Lima, San Isidro.

Type of presentations: onsite and virtual.

- First Circular

- Second Circular

- Third Circular

- Final Programme (pdf file)

- Website

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JGSG published its seventh article!

The Journal of Geoethics and Social Geoscience published its seventh, open access, article on 4 June 2024. 
The article can be cited as follows:

Bellaubi Fava F. (2024). Geoethics in the Theological Perspective: Beatitudes, Human Rights and Human-Geosphere Intersections. Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences, 1(1), 1–41.

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JGSG published its sixth article!

The Journal of Geoethics and Social Geoscience published its sixth, open access, article on 9 May 2024. 
The article can be cited as follows:

Koster E., Gibbard P. and Maslin M. (2024). The Anthropocene Event as a Cultural Zeitgeist in the Earth-Human Ecosystem. Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences, 1(1), 1–41.

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IAPG and UGM signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA)

The IAPG and the Unión Geofísica Mexicana A.C. (UGM) signed a MoA on 7 May 2024.

Its aim is to develop a coordinated approach, where appropriate, for promoting initiatives and events discussing the ethical, social, and cultural implications of geosciences and favoring high ethical standards in the research and practice of geosciences to better serve the geosciences community and society as a whole.

List of IAPG affiliations and agreements

CIPSH Chair on Geoethics

On 3 January 2024, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) has officially established the Chair on Geoethics (CG) at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV, National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology), in Rome, Italy.

Silvia Peppoloni (INGV Researcher, IAPG Secretary General, Chair of the IUGS Commission on Geoethics) is the Chairholder.

The CIPSH Chair on Geoethics will expand and reinforce an international research network of institutions, non-governmental organizations, and scholars to foster interdisciplinary initiatives for bridging geosciences, humanities, and social sciences through geoethics, with the goal of continuing to create a geoethical framework for addressing the complexity of ecological crises and contributing to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

The long-term objective is to strengthen an already existing international community of scholars with different disciplinary background dealing with geoethics and to involve other individuals and institutions/organizations in this international network in order to deepen discussions about geoethics and to improve its theoretical structure and practical applications in a wide range of disciplines, favouring a cross disciplinary fertilization.

The CIPSH Chair on Geoethics is funded by the INGV and is supported by:

  • Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)

  • International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)

  • International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)

  • AGU Ethics and Equity Center – American Geophysical Union

  • World Philology Union (WPU)

  • Stockholm China Center - Institute for Security and Development Policy

  • Geosciences Centre and Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (CGeo)

  • Faculté Polydisciplinaire de Safi - Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco (UCA)

For further information, visit the dedicated page on this website

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IUGS Commission on Geoethics

Two documents released by the IUGS Commission on Geoethics

The Commission on Geoethics released two documents for the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences:


1) Guidelines for Ethical Conduct at IUGS/IGC Meetings and Events (by the Task Group on IUGS Ethical Guidelines).

2) Action Plan on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (by the Task Group on DEIA).

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15 April 2024
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Launch of the Chilean Code of Geoethics

IAPG-Chile announces the official launch of the Chilean Code of Geoethics (in Spanish), prepared by the Geoethics Group of the Geological Society of Chile/IAPG-Chile, with the support of the national geoscience community, as well as international collaborators.

- Download the Chilean Code of Geoethics (pdf file) 

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News about the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics

The Cape Town Statement on Geoethics has been translated in Finnish thanks to the work by Elina Lehtonen (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Toni Eerola (Geological Survey of Finland) (photos on the right).

The Unión Geofísica Mexicana A.C. (UGM - logo on the right) decided to officially endorses the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics on 4 April 2024. The IAPG wishes to thank the UGM President, Dr. José Luis Macías Vázquez.

To date, the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics has been translated in 38 languages and officially supported by 35 geoscience organizations.

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IAPG Annual Report for the IUGS

The IAPG Annual Report 2023 highlights the significant achievements of the year and outlines the plans for 2024. This report was submitted to the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) in January 2024.

- Download the IAPG Annual Report 2023 (pdf file)

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JGSG published its fifth article!
Amir et al. 2024 Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences
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25-31 August 2024
Busan (Republic of Korea)
Geoethics at the IGC 2024

International Geological Congress 2024

Thanks to Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General and Chair of the IUGS - Commission on Geoethics) and the availability of 37th IGC organizers, geoethics is now included among the themes of the congress for the first time in the history of IGC:

Theme T39 "Geoethics and Societal Relevance of Geosciences":

Convener: Silvia Peppoloni (

Geoethics and Societal Relevance of Geosciences focus on the ethical considerations and societal implications of geoscientific research and practices. It explores the responsibility of geoscientists to contribute to sustainable development, environmental protection, and social well-being. Geoethics promotes integrity, transparency, and accountability in geoscience research and decision-making processes. It encourages geoscientists to engage with local communities, stakeholders, and policymakers to ensure that geoscientific knowledge is accessible, relevant, and beneficial to society. This field emphasizes the ethical dimensions of geoscience education, professional conduct, and the ethical implications of resource extraction, land use planning, and natural hazard mitigation. By integrating geoethics, geoscientists can foster a more inclusive, responsible, and ethical approach to addressing global challenges.

Under this theme, the IAPG organizes the following session:

Session 1 "Geoethics at the hearth of all geoscience: serving the public good"

Convener: Silvia Peppoloni

Session description: Geoscience knowledge and practice are essential for the functioning of modern societies, in particular for dealing with the global anthropogenic changes of our times. However, how can geosciences serve society? Which societal role can geoscientists play? How should the geoscience-policy interface be managed? How much is ethics important in guiding geoscience decisions and solutions? These are only some of the fundamental questions that modern geoscientists, who are aware of the ethical and societal implications of their profession, should ponder. Geoethics aims to provide an ethical reference framework to answer those and other questions, and to nourish a discussion on the fundamental principles and values, which underpin appropriate behaviours, and practices wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. The complexity of the planetary interactions and world issues requires interdisciplinary approaches and cooperation, capable of synthesizing a range of knowledge, methods, tools and strategies. As any scientist, geoscientists have a responsibility to develop excellent science and international cooperation, transfer scientific outcomes to different stakeholders, as well as improve methods and technologies, which assure people’s safety and a responsible land management, public welfare and sustainable life conditions for present and future generations, while respecting biodiversity and geodiversity. Geoscientists, who are aware of their ethical and societal obligations, will be able to put their knowledge at the service of public good and increase society trust in geosciences. The spectrum of topics geoethics deals with includes: philosophical and historical aspects of geoscience, their contemporary relevance and their role in informing methods for effective and ethical decision-making; geoscience professionalism and deontology, research integrity, including issues related to harassment, discrimination, equity and inclusion in geosciences; ethical and social problems related to the management of land, subsoil, air and water, including environmental changes, pollution and their impacts; socio-environmentally sustainable supply of georesources (including energy, minerals and water), recognising the importance of effective regulation and policy-making, social acceptance, and understanding and promoting best practices; resilience of society related to natural and anthropogenic hazards, risk management and mitigation strategies; ethical aspects of geoscience education and communication, and their societal relevance, as well as culture and value of geodiversity, geoconservation, geoheritage, geoparks and geotourism; role of geosciences in achieving socio-economic development that respects cultures, traditions and local development paths, regardless of countries' wealth, and in promoting peace, responsible and sustainable development and intercultural exchange. Conveners invite colleagues to present experiences, considerations, methods, questions, best practices, and also case studies to enrich and explore the ethical, social, and cultural aspects of geoscience knowledge and practice, to address local and global challenges, such as climate change solutions, natural resources management, risk reduction, conservation of geoheritage, geoscience communication and education strategies. The session aims to provide food for thought and create connections between scholars from different disciplinary fields, in order to build a genuine geoscience community, open to cross-fertilization with other scientific and humanities communities. The session is co-sponsored by International Association for Promoting Geoethics ( and International Union of Geological Sciences (

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17-22 November 2024
San Luis (Argentina)
Simposium on Geological Risks and Geoethics at XXII CGA
The Call for Abstract is open - Deadline: 15 July 2024

XXII Congreso Geológico Argentino (CGA) (Argentinian Geological Congress)

"Avances y desafíos de la Geología en Argentina" ("Advances and challenges of Geology in Argentina")

IAPGeoethics-Argentina organizes the Symposium S03 "Geological Risks and Geoethics" (Riesgos geológicos y Geoética).


The Argentine Geological community is invited to participate in the symposium titled Geological Risks and Geoethics. The aim of the symposium is to gather specialists in geological sciences and geoscientists to exchange knowledge on ethical conduct in addressing threats and risks associated with professional activities. Volcanic processes, earthquakes (seismic events – tsunamis), floods, landslides, mass movements in general, and wind, river, and marine erosion caused by climatic and/or anthropogenic changes will be central themes of this symposium. We invite the entire geoscientific community to explore the application of geoethical principles in addressing these issues (More information: International Association for Promoting Geoethics – IAPG -

A discussion space will be opened for the multi- and interdisciplinary treatment of the topic, which will serve not only to advance scientific knowledge but also to address the management of geological risks in relation to social, public health, technological, communicational, and legal contexts (Geoethics Code).

Dr. Elizabeth I. Rovere (Coordinator of IAPGeoethics Argentina), Dr. Roberto A. Violante (Coordinator of IAPGeoethics Argentina), Dr. Gabriel Asato, Dr. Oscar H. Papú.

- Abstract submission (deadline: 15 July 2024):

XXII CGA website: 

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IAPG and WOMEESA signed a MoU

The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) and the Women in Earth and Environmental Sciences in Australasia network (WOMEESA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 15 August 2023.

The aim of the MoU is to develop a coordinated approach, where appropriate, for promoting initiatives and events on gender diversity, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences, as well as on the ethical, social, and cultural implications of geosciences, and favoring high ethical standards in the research and practice of geoscience in order to better serve the geoscience community and society as a whole. WOMEESA agrees to support the “Cape Town Statement on Geoethics” (that contains the Geoethical Promise, an Hippocratic-like oath for geoscientists, and agrees to be included in the list of supporting organizations of the statement. WOMEESA ( is a non-for-profit initiative that brings together Earth and Environmental Scientists through Australasia. The objectives of WOMEESA are to: (a) promote gender equity and women in Earth and Environmental Sciences and related fields across all industries in the Australasia region; (b) provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge towards gender equity in Earth and Environmental Sciences and related fields; and (c) serve as a link between various Australasian and international organisations and individuals with interest in achieving gender equity in Earth and Environmental Sciences and related fields.​​

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The IUGS Commission on Geoethics

On 16 February 2023, the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences has officially established the Commission on Geoethics (CG). The proposal for creating the CG was presented at the 78th IUGS Executive Committee (EC) meeting in Belfast (UK) by Silvia Peppoloni (past IUGS Councilor and Secretary General of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics - IAPG) (photo on the right).
The CG will be the supporting branch of the IAPG to the IUGS and the IUGS body that officially deals with geoethics and social geosciences for the Union.

The CG has a light structure made up of a Governing Board, a Supportive Structure, and an Operative Structure consisting of Task Groups working on specific issues. Among them, there is the task group dealing with diversity, equity, and inclusion, which takes the baton from the existing IUGS task group dedicated to those issues.
The core business of the
CG consists of the following activities, to be developed in cooperation with the IAPG:

  • Drafting and updating ethical guidelines for the IUGS.

  • Supporting the IUGS (officers and bodies) regarding questions such as unprofessional conduct, misconduct, harassment, retaliation, racism, sexism, conflicts of interest and others.

  • Fostering the participation of women in activities, events, and other initiatives organized or supported by the IUGS with the aim of reducing the gender gap and increasing diversity.

  • Cooperating with IUGS bodies to focus on geoethical issues or other themes of mutual interests.

  • Contributing to IUGS events (congresses, including the International Geological Congress - ICG, conferences, videos, webinar, etc.) or any other scientific or public events.

  • Supporting the IUGS in developing activities at the geoscience-policy interface and delicate issues related to geoscience-society interaction.

  • Promoting the adoption of the Geoethical Promise within Universities and geoscience organizations.

  • Organizing events that address ethical and social implications of geoscience knowledge, research, practice, education, and communication.

  • Training on geoethics, professional ethics, data ethics, and publication ethics.

  • Networking with geoscience (affiliated or not to the IUGS) and humanities organizations to create opportunities for bridging geosciences and human and social sciences.

  • Fostering opportunities to increase the impact of IUGS in Latin American and African countries by promoting activities to foster the culture of geosciences among local geoscience communities.

  • Supporting the IUGS in enlarging its network in countries in which the presence of the IUGS is missing or to be developed/increased.

  • Preparing an annual report containing the outcomes of the reference year, a plan of activities for the new year, and a financial request to the IUGS. The annual report will contain results, activities, events, publications, or any kind of outcomes of the IAPG to be considered as outcomes of the CG.


GC dedicated web pages are hosted on the IAPG website (

In addition, the CG has its official social media pages:


X: @iugs_geoethics 


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AGU Ethical Framework for Climate Intervention
AGU Ethical Framework for Climate Intervention

From AGU website:

Climate change requires urgent action. Increasingly, the world is considering dramatic climate intervention approaches—often called geoengineering. Many of these approaches are untested and the consequences are not well understood. In 2022, AGU launched its plan to develop an Ethical Framework for Climate Intervention Research, Experimentation and Deployment—a code of conduct to guide climate intervention measures that may be needed in addition to emissions reduction.​


JGSG published its third article!

The Journal of Geoethics and Social Geoscience published its third, open access, article on 25 May 2023. 
We remind you that this journal is dimond open access and is supported by the IAPG. No Article Processing Charge (APC) is requested to authors and no fee is paid by readers.
The article can be cited as follows:

Gerbaudo, A., and Tonon, M.D. (2023). Words as stones for a geoethical glossary. Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences, 1(1), 1–23.

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Book on geoethics published in the SpringerBriefs in Geoethics series

Di Capua G. and Oosterbeek L. (2023). Bridges to Global Ethics: Geoethics at the Confluence of Humanities and Sciences. Springer, Cham, VII+115 pp., ISBN 978-3031222221.

This book contributes to the current discussion on geoethics and global ethics within the geoscience and humanities communities. It provides new content and insights into developing convergent human actions in response to global anthropogenic changes, based on perspectives that make it possible to combine geoscience knowledge with humanities and social sciences approaches. Selected authors present their reflections, findings and insights regarding the vision of geoethics (ethics of responsibility towards the Earth) as global ethics from philosophical, humanities and social sciences perspectives. In addition, they discuss ethical frameworks from diverse cultural traditions, searching for points of intersection with geoethics.

The goal: for global environmental problems to be managed via multi-perspective approaches that can more effectively accommodate complexity. Combining the strengths of the geosciences, humanities and social sciences can pave the way for a paradigm shift in how human societies develop adaptive, sustainable responses to environmental changes and societal inequalities.

- Download the book front matter (pdf file)

- This book on the Springer Link website

- Read more about the SpringerBriefs in Geoethics series

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Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2022). Geoethics: Manifesto for an Ethics of Responsibility Towards the Earth. Springer, Cham, XII+123 pp., ISBN 978-3030980436.

This book outlines the current development of geoethical thinking, proposing to the general public reflections and categories useful for understanding the ethical, cultural, and societal dimensions of anthropogenic global changes.

Geoethics identifies and orients responsible behaviors and actions in the management of natural processes, redefining the human interaction with the Earth system based on a critical, scientifically grounded, and pragmatic approach. Solid scientific knowledge and a philosophical reference framework are crucial to face the current ecological disruption. The scientific perspective must be structured to help different human contexts while respecting social and cultural diversity. It is impossible to respond to global problems with disconnected local actions, which cannot be proposed as standard and effective operational models. Geoethics tries to overcome this fragmentation, presenting Earth sciences as the foundation of responsible human action toward the planet. Geoethics is conceived as a rational and multidisciplinary language that can bind and concretely support the international community, engaged in resolving global environmental imbalances and complex challenges, which have no national, cultural, or religious boundaries that require shared governance. Geoethics is proposed as a new reading key to rethinking the Earth as a system of complex relationships, in which the human being is an integral part of natural interactions.

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- Download the book front matter (pdf file)

- This book on the Springer Link website

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IUGS Zumaia Declaration on geological heritage

The IAPG is among the supporting organizations of the Zumaia Declaration on geological heritage that was officially released on 28 October 2022 at the event "First 100 IUGS Geological Heritage Sites" held in Zumaia (Basque Coast, Spain).

In this document, the International Union of Geological Sciences - IUGS declares the following:
Recognizing and preserving Geological Heritage is critical. The IUGS adopts the mission to acknowledge Geological Heritage of highest scientific importance. Collaboration between all international initiatives involved with geoheritage and geodiversity can lead to their further appreciation, to their sustainable use as educational resources, and, most importantly, to their preservation for the good of society, for future generations, and for our Planet’s well-being.

- Download the Zumaia Declaration (pdf file)

- Website of the "First 100 IUGS Geological Heritage Sites"

- More about the "First 100 IUGS Geological Heritage Sites" on the Geoparkea website

- Support the IUGS Zumaia Declaration (click here)

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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

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5) Enter the code above. This applies the 70% discount.
6) Pay the remaining value.
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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,
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Dr. Haydon Mort
CEO-Director Geologize Ltd
Geologist, Science Communicator

Practical Geocommunication course

Article: Water resources management for a sustainable nexus of hydrogeoethics and societal well-being.

It can be cited as follows:

Abrunhosa M., Chambel A., Peppoloni S., Ferraz de Matos P., Aragão A., Petitta M. & Chaminé H.I. (2024). Water resources management for a sustainable nexus of hydrogeoethics and societal well-being. Sustainable Water Resources Management, 10:97, 1–4.


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Article: Geoethics: The Missing Piece in the Separation of Responsibility Between Volcanologists and Decision-Makers.

It can be cited as follows:

Peppoloni S., Woo G., Martí J., and Di Capua G. (2023). Geoethics: The Missing Piece in the Separation of Responsibility Between Volcanologists and Decision-Makers. In Malheiro A., Fernandes F., Chaminé H.I. (Eds.), Advances in Natural Hazards and Volcanic Risks: Shaping a Sustainable Future. NATHAZ 2022. Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation. Springer, Cham, 19-23.


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Article: Geoethics to Face Natural Risks by Improving Societal Resilience.

It can be cited as follows:

Peppoloni S. (2023). Geoethics to Face Natural Risks by Improving Societal Resilience. In Malheiro A., Fernandes F., Chaminé H.I. (Eds.), Advances in Natural Hazards and Volcanic Risks: Shaping a Sustainable Future. NATHAZ 2022. Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation. Springer, Cham, 3-8.


Peppoloni Book Chapter NatHaz2022

Article: Geotourism and geoethics as support for rural development in the Knjaževac municipality, Serbia.

It can be cited as follows:

Marjanović M., Radivojević A.R., Antić A., Peppoloni S., Di Capua G., Lazarević J., Marković R.S., Tomić N., Milićević A.L., Langović Z., Mišić I. and Marković S.B. (2022).

Geotourism and geoethics as support for rural development in the Knjaževac municipality, Serbia.

Open Geosciences, 14(1), 794-812.

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Article: Sustainable Production of Rare Earth Elements from Mine Waste and Geoethics.

It can be cited as follows:

Jouini M., Royer-Lavallée A., Pabst T., Chung E., Kim R., Cheong Y.-W. and Neculita C.M. (2022).

Sustainable Production of Rare Earth Elements from Mine Waste and Geoethics.

Minerals, 12(7), 809.

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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.,

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Ebook Teaching Geoethics

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

Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences

Articles on the ethical, social and cultural implications of geosciences, and on study and research aimed at accompanying safe and sustainable development policies for human communities, transdisciplinary food for thoughts and proposals aimed at addressing global anthropogenic changes


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. 

Resources to give facts a fighting chance against misinformation
(by Bärbel Winkler, Germany)

"At a guess, readers of this blog published by the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) will - just like me - find spreading mis- and disinformation a rather unethical activity. But, it unfortunately happens and we all need to take that into account and be prepared for it. None of us is immune - even with the best intentions - to accidentally spreading misinformation. It therefore helps to be aware of at least some tell-tale signs in order to prevent liking or even sharing what later turns out to be misinformation. In this blog post, I'll introduce some resources to give facts a fighting chance against misinformation."

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IAPG blog March 2024
Is ethics solely pertinent to the fields of mining and geosciences?
(by Marita Ahumada, Argentina)

"Over the past decade, mining operations in Argentina and numerous other countries have endured widespread discredit and stigma. Misinformation campaigns, incomplete data dissemination, and the propagation of post-truth narratives have obstructed the acknowledgment of the scientifically grounded and ethically responsible practices employed in modern mining ... Social and environmental accountability is a collective imperative that relies on the active involvement of all stakeholders."

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Uluru Australia
Ethical Considerations for Responsible Geological Fieldwork and Sampling
(by Enrico Cameron, Italy)

"Geological fieldwork and sampling play a crucial role in broadening our comprehension of the Earth’s complexities. Geoscientists should conduct these activities ethically, with respect for both the natural world and the communities they engage with. This responsibility becomes even more crucial when working on Indigenous lands, where acknowledging the historical context and upholding cultural values are paramount"

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The Indigenous Groundwater Declaration of the Australian Chapter of the IAH
(by Enrico Cameron, Italy)

"In November 2022 the Australian Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) has put forward the Indigenous Groundwater Declaration to foster the respect and inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in groundwater activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies."

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On the Ground: Ending the Hell of Scotland’s Conifer Plantations
(by Patrick Phillips, Scotland, United Kingdom)

"When one encounters a plantation in Scotland one has not entered into an ethical space (nor holistic) they have entered into a kind of ontological hell. Hell, for every pre-existing and existing ecosystem that enabled life to flourish in the first place and hell for our Scottish communities through persistent transient sensations. Plantations are critically therefore not natural forests, as one might assume at first glance but instead a form (therefore space) of ‘modern’ alienation."

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IAPG blog February 2023
An exploration: from the history of science for geo-philosophical studies
(by Martin Bohle, Germany)

"This essay has an educational objective: the tools for geo-philosophical enquiries, i.e., studies in geoethics. In the first instance, geoethics emerged as an intra-disciplinary endeavour in responsible geosciences.  During the last few years, geoethics’ scope expanded [1] [2]. Therefore, my study programme is aggregating insights from other disciplines, iteratively reconstructing geo-philosophical enquiries, and continuously consolidating philosophical foundations. ..."

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IAPG blog November 2022
The era of crises: facing the choices to build the future
(by Silvia Peppoloni, Italy)

"For about fifteen years I have been dedicated to the development and promotion of geoethics around the world. When I speak of geoethics, I refer to an ethics of responsibility of the human being towards the Earth system; a geosophy, a "knowledge" of the functioning of the Earth, which in the human being translates into Aristotelian phronesis, a wisdom capable of directing choices, a wisdom of living the Earth, which presupposes the awareness of the human position and condition in the great natural architecture. ..."

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Teaching Geoethics

Books on Geoethics

White Papers

Research Integrity

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Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
("This Recommendation addresses ethical issues related to the domain of Artificial Intelligence to the extent that they are within UNESCO’s mandate. It approaches AI ethics as a  systematic  normative  reflection,  based  on  a  holistic,  comprehensive,  multicultural  and  evolving  framework  of interdependent values, principles and actions that can guide  societies  in  dealing  responsibly  with  the  known  and  unknown  impacts  of  AI  technologies  on  human  beings,  societies  and  the  environment  and  ecosystems,  and offers them a basis to accept or reject AI technologies. It  considers  ethics  as  a  dynamic  basis  for  the  normative  evaluation and guidance of AI technologies, referring to human  dignity,  well-being  and  the  prevention  of  harm  as a compass and as rooted in the ethics of science and technology")


2023 State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector
2023 State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector
(The 2023 State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector is a collaboration between the World Bank’s Extractives Global Programmatic Support Multi-Donor Trust Fund (EGPS) and Pact)
World Bank 2023


AON Weather-Climate-and-Catastrophe Insight 2023
Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight


WEF Global Risks Report 2023
The Global Risks Report 2023 
(Insight Report, 18th Edition. In partnership with Marsh & McLennan and Zurich Insurance Group)
World Economic Forum, 2023


IPCC_AR6 Full Report
Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
(Contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [H.-O. Pörtner, D.C. Roberts, M. Tignor, E.S. Poloczanska, K. Mintenbeck, A. Alegría, M. Craig, S. Langsdorf, S. Löschke, V. Möller, A. Okem, B. Rama (eds.)])
February, 2022


IPBES-IPCC Biodiversity Climate Change
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:


CIPSH Lisbon Declaration
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
Guidelines for Geoconservation
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
Global Research Report on Research Integrity
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
Gender inclusion in oil, gas & mining
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
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.
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