There are a huge number of websites containing valuable
geoscience information but in this section we intend to focus on information
particularly relevant to developing countries and we will greatly expand
the section over the coming months.
For geological information about a specific country, most countries
have a national geological survey (variously called a Geological Survey,
Department/Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources/Mining etc)
and many of these now have their own websites. Links to these latter
sites may be contained within the websites of various regional geological
organisations. For example the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience
Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) is an intergovernmental
organisation with Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (South), Malaysia
, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam as member countries.
The CCOP website (www.ccop.or.th/)
not only contains information on its regional programmes but also provides
links to the individual websites of the national geological survey organisations
of all its member countries. Simarly the Association of European Geological
Surveys website (www.eurogeosurveys.org)
has links to all its twenty-seven member country national geological
survey organisations. These are easily accessed by pointing to ‘About
Eurogeosurveys’ on the Eurogeosurveys home page and clicking on ‘members’ in
the subsidiary list that appears, From the list of members and their
addresses, individual websites can be accessed directly.
In the future we will greatly expand this section to give guidance
on links to national geological survey organisations worldwide.
In addition there are many websites giving
details of geoscientific research programmes specifically designed to
assist developing countries. A good example of such a programme is the
UK DFID KaR Geoscience Programme (more fully the ‘Department for
International Development Geoscience Knowledge and Research Programme’),
a programme which aims to have outcomes that have direct or indirect
impacts on the elimination of poverty. Full accounts of almost fifty
completed projects covering five themes ranging from environmentally
sensitive mineral resource development through geotechnical hazard
avoidance strategies and improved understanding of waste, toxic
effects of minerals and environmental health in geological resource development tosystems
for maintaining and improving geoscience information services are
given on the programme's website.
The website is hosted by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and can
easily be reached by logging on to the BGS website (www.bgs.ac.uk)
and on the homepage clicking on the DFID KAR site listed under the sites
hosted by BGS. Full details of the programme are given, all projects
are listed and summaries and many fuller reports from the projects are
given many of which are available as free downloads. Similar programmes
are carried out by many national geological survey organisations in Europe
and elsewhere and details given in their respective websites. We expect
to indicate links to many of these programmes in the future.
The Geological Society of London ( www.geolsoc.org.uk )
also has a very informative website with a good education section.