Who are we?

The CGMW is an offshoot of the oldest international organization in the earth sciences, the International Geological Congress (CGI) created in Paris in 1878. The Commission's project was envisaged in 1910 in Stockholm, at 11e CGI, and formalized in 1913 in Toronto at 12e CGI. It is an association governed by the French law of 1901, non-profit, scientific and educational. The CCMG is affiliated to theInternational Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and to International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)and recognised by theUNESCO as an A-rank NGO.


What do we do?

The CGMW is responsible for the design, promotion, coordination, preparation and publication of small-scale Earth science maps of the continents, major regions of the globe, oceans, according to various themes (geology, geophysics, minerals, natural resources, climates), etc.). In accordance with its mission, the CGMW wants to play a leading role in the use and dissemination of digital mapping techniques and in the search for international standards.


How do we work?

The way in which the CGMW maps are produced is flexible. Each mapping project is placed under the authority of a General Coordinator to whom the Office entrusts it with a leadership and supervisory role. In order to produce these documents, the CGMW relies on the entire international scientific community and on the cooperation agreements it has established with geological surveys, university laboratories, oceanographic institutes and industrial companies, depending on the characteristics of each project. Before publication and in order to guarantee a high scientific standard, all maps are submitted to a group of internationally renowned experts.


Who are our members and how is the Commission run?

The ex-officio members of the CCMG are the Geological Surveys (or the organisations responsible for geological mapping, to consult the addresses click here) from all countries or territories of the world. Other interested organisations may join as associate members. The cartographic activity is financed by membership fees from geological surveys, grants from IUGS and UNESCO, and sponsorship from industrial companies. From a legal point of view, the CCMG is a not-for-profit association governed by the French law of 1901 on Associations. The original statutes and the declaration to the Préfecture de Police of Paris in October 1981 can be downloaded here. The amendment to the statutes voted by the 2014 General Assembly is available here.

The Executive Board is composed of a President, a Secretary General, and the heads of the geographical and thematic sub-commissions. Some twenty personalities from different fields of Earth sciences and different countries fulfil these functions on a voluntary basis (see the complete list in the section "Bureau of the CCMG"). The headquarters of the General Secretariat is in Paris.


General Assembly

The General Assembly takes place every two years alternately at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and in the country where the International Geological Congress. These meetings discuss, among other things, the direction of future programmes and the progress of ongoing projects.

For more information about the last GA, please click here.

The leaflet in English presenting the activities of the Commission is downloadable here.


Board of the CGMW

Manuel Pubellier
President : Dr Manuel PUBELLIER (France)
Pierre Nehlig
Secretary General : Dr Pierre NEHLIG (France)
Deputy Secretary General : Dr. Nadine ELLOUZ-ZIMMERMANN (France)
Bruno Vrielynck
Treasurer : Dr Bruno VRIELYNCK (France)
  Peter Miles
Advisor : Dr. Peter MILES (United Kingdom)
Former President : Dr. Philippe ROSSI (France) (2010-2018)
Former President : Prof. Jean-Paul CADET (France) (2000-2010)

Contact and headquarters of the General Secretariat of the GCCM

New Executive Director : Dr. Julie TUGEND

Camille François
Former Executive Director Dr. Camille FRANÇOIS
Project manager DDE Dr. Benjamin SAUTTER
Juliette Pubellier
Communication and Heritage Juliette PUBELLIER
General Secretariat
77 rue Claude Bernard 75005 Paris, France
Phone +33(0) 1 47 07 22 84
Download location map here.
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