Experiences of the BGS in capacity building and development projects

Category Other
Group GSI.IR
Location International Geological Congress,oslo 2008
Author Ovadia, David
Holding Date 11 October 2008

The British Geological Survey (BGS) and its predecessor organization, the Overseas Geological Surveys, have worked in over 90 countries in a range of geoscience projects, mostly aimed at capacity building and economic development through the mining and petroleum sectors. Today, international geoscience activities are much broader than simply publishing geological maps. They include supporting natural hazard mitigation, identifying and sustaining groundwater supplies, coastal and offshore studies, carbon capture and sequestration and environmentally sustainable waste disposal. These are all underpinned by knowledge, skills and information exchanges.
This paper describes experiences from some of BGS’ recent overseas projects that contribute to good governance and sustainable development, and discusses how the approaches need to be developed to meet the changing needs of the increasingly interdependent global society. The paper also looks at some cost-benefit analysis approaches as a way of setting national priorities.