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CGMW story in a nutshell

The CGMW is issued from the International Geological Congress (IGC), the oldest geoscience organization in the World, created in Paris in 1878.  The idea of the Commission was first postulated in 1910 at the 11th IGC in Stockholm, and established in 1913 at the 12th IGC in Toronto.  It is a non-profit-making scientific and educational association governed by French law.  The CGMW is affiliated to the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) since 1966, and to the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). CGMW is recognized by UNESCO as a rank A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

A wide range of geoscience mapping

The CGMW is responsible for designing, promoting, coordinating, preparing and publishing small-scale thematic (geology, tectonics, ore deposits, natural resources, climate, etc.) Earth Science maps of  the globe, 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 standards.

How the work is done

The 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. Before their publication, all maps are submitted to the review of experts in order to ensure the best scientific quality to all CGMW releases.

Who are our members and how the Commission is managed

Geological Surveys (or similar organizations responsible for national geological mapping, for the addresses please click here) of countries and territories throughout the World are Statutory Members of the CGMW.  Other scientific and/or industrial organizations can join the CGMW as Associate Members.  The mapping activity is financed by the membership fees of the Surveys, IUGS and UNESCO grants and the sponsoring of industrial partners.

The Executive Bureau is ensured by a President, a Secretary General and the heads of the geographic and thematic subcommissions that represent all the continents and the different disciplines of the geosciences. A score of key figures from different Earth Science fields and countries are appointed to fulfill these ad hoc positions.

General Assembly

General Assemblies are held every two years, alternately at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and during 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.

CGMW Bureau

President : Dr Philippe ROSSI

Secretary General : Dr. Manuel PUBELLIER

Financial Supervisor : Dr Bruno VRIELYNCK

Deputy Secretary General: Dr Pierre NEHLIG



Dr S. F. Toteu, Deputy Secretary General (Cameroon)

Dr J.P. Milesi, Secretary General (France)

North and Central America

Dr M. R. St-Onge, Vice-President (Canada)

Dr R. C. Orndorff, Secretary General (United States)

South America

Dr C. Schobbenhaus, Vice-President (Brazil)

Mr J. Gómez Tapias, Secretary General (Colombia)

Dr. L. M. Fraga, Deputy Secretary General (Brazil)


Dr G. Leytchenkov, Vice-President (Russia)

Dr. J. Jacobs, Secretary Generazl (Norway/Germany)

South and East Asia

Prof. Ren Jishun, Vice-President (China)

Dr H. K. Gupta, Secretary General (India)

Dr Xiaochi JIN, Deputy Secretary General (China)

Australia and Oceania

Dr. R. S. Blewett, Vice-President (Australia)

Dr. M. Jessell, Secretary General (Australia/U.K.)


Dr K. E. Asch, Vice-President (Germany)

Moyen Orient

Dr. A. Saidi, Vice-President(Iran)

Mrs. Marzieh Esterabi Ashtiani, Secretary General (Iran)

Dr S. F. Fouad, Deputy Secretary General (Irak)

Eurasie du Nord

Dr O. V. Petrov, Vice-Président (Russia)

Dr S. P. Shokalsky, Secretary General (Russia)


Tectonic Maps

Dr. N. Chamov, President (Russia)

Dr I. Pospelov, Secretary General (Russia)

Dr. C. Passchier, Deputy Secretary General (UK/Australia)

Metallogenic Maps

Dr E. Zappettini, President (Argentina)

Magmatic and metamorphic Maps

Prof. R. Oberhänsli, President (Germany/Switzerland)

Prof. R. Bousquet, Secretary General (Germany/France)

Natural Hazards Maps

Dr E. Tsukuda, President (Japan)

Seafloor Maps

Dr P. Miles, President (United Kingdom)

Dr Y. Lagabrielle, Secretary General (France)

Hydrogeological Maps

Dr. S. Broda, President (Germany)

Geophysical Maps

Dr. M. Mandea, President (France/Romania)

Click here to download the complete list of the CGMW Bureau Members.

Mapping programs for the 2016-2018 period


    .International Geological Map of the Middle East (IGMME) at 1:5 000 000
    .Quaternary Map of the Middle East at 1:5 000 000
    .Magmatic Map of the Middle East at 1:5 000 000


    .Tectonic Map of Africa (2nd edition) at 1:5 000 000


    .Structure of the Alps - Tectonics and metamorphism (French/English)
    .Metamorphic Map of the Eastern Mediterranean at 1:2 500 000
    .Quaternary Map of Europe (IQUAME 2500) at 1:2 5000 000
    .GIS Metallogenic Map of Europe at 1:25 000 000
    .Mining and Metallurgical Wastes of Europe Map at 1:5 000 000
    .Atlas of Geological Maps of Central, Northern & Eastern Eurasia              


    .Explanatory notes of the Tectonic Map of Antarctica
    .Geological & Geophysical Maps of the Lambert Glacier Area (East Antarctica) at 1:10 000 000
   . Atlas of geological maps of the Circumpolar Arctic


    .Structural Map of the South China Sea at 1:4 000 000
    .Tectonic Map of Asia (ITMA 5000) at 1:5 000 000
    .International Tectonic Map of South and East Asia  at 1:10 000 000
    .Eastern Asia Natural Hazards Map, 2nd edition at 1:7 700 000
   . ASEAN harmonized OneGeology map


    .Structural Map of the Caribbean and Central America  at 1:4 000 000
    .Geological Map of South America, 3rd edition at 1:5 000 000
    .Geol. & Metal. Map of South America GIS at 1:1 000 000
    .Geological/Structural Map of the Amazonian Craton at 1:2.500 000


    .Map of the World's oceans at 1:50 000 000
    .Tectonic Map of the Arctic (TeMAr) at 1:5 000 000
    .Structural Map of the Indian & SW Pacific Oceans at 1:20 000 000
    .Sedimentary environments of the oceans at 1:50 000 000


    .Gravity Map - booklet
    .Kinematic Map of the World at 1:50 000 000
    .MATEO (Observed Magnetic Anomaly Lineation of the World) at 1:50 000 000
    .World Magnetic Anomaly Map (upgrading) at 1:50 000 000


     .Metamorphic Map of the World at 1:25 000 000
    .The Gondwana Map Project at 1:20 000 000
    .Large Igneous Provinces (LIPS) at 1:25 000 000


   . World Karst Aquifers Map ( WoKAM) -Map layer of WHYMAP at 1:50 000 000


Bulletins de la CCGM

Bulletin N°54 (2005-2006) 12,9 Mb
Bulletin N° 55 (2008-2009) 20,3 Mb
Bulletin N° 56 (2010-2011) 25 Mb
Bulletin N° 57 (2012-2013) 32 Mb
Bulletin N° 57 Bis - The CGMW - Genesis and development over a century of existence
Bulletin N° 58 (2014-2016) 12 Mb

Contact & Headquarters of CGMW Secretariat General

Mrs. Clara Cardenas
77 rue Claude-Bernard 75005 Paris, France
Phone +33(0) 1 47 07 22 84
Fax +33(0)1 43 36 95 18

Download location map here