Geo-science for Environmental Management (GEM)

Kevin Telmer has stood down as GEM Chairman to concentrate on his work for the Artisanal Gold Council but will continue to Chair the GEM Working Group on Gold and Mercury. GEM officers thank Kevin for his work but are delighted to welcome Ben Mapani as our new leader. Ben is a senior lecturer in Earth Sciences at the University of Namibia with a background in structural and mining geology but he has also specialised in environmental impacts of metalliferous mining and has been active in both the International Medical Geology Association and the IUGS-GEM Working Group on Gold and Mercury.  
The Commission on Geo-science for Environmental Management is now comprised of seven individual working groups: Dust, Gold and Mercury, Land Subsidence and Groundwater, Climate Change Adaptation, Man Made Strata and Geopollution, Drinking Water, and Geological Hazards and Territorial Sustainability.

The former Working Group on Forensic Geology became a separate IUGS Initiative in 2010. The working group on Communicating Environmental Geoscience closed in August 2012.
 Due to a technical problem the Working Group on Drinking Water is not listed in the side bar. The Drinking Water page can be reached by clicking onto "Working Groups" and then following the link.
 A page for the new Geological Hazards and Territorial Sustainability Working Group will be added soon.

A publication "Climate Change Adaptation in Practice" by Philipp Schmidt-Thome & Johannes Klein is finally here! You can find the flyer and order form at the end of "Climate Change Adaptation" page.

GEM Newsletter 20 (September 2013) is now available. 

A GEM business meeting and workshop was held during the International Congress on Disaster Risks and Sustainable Territorial Development at Catamarca, Argentina 22nd-24th April 2013. 
Please note that there are two active surveys: a questionnaire on Man-made Strata and Geopollution and one on impacts of dust are available on the relevant Working Group pages. Please complete a form if you are are interested in the topic.

Recognizing the importance of the geo-sciences to sustainable development, GEM's mission is to encourage the integration of geoscience knowledge into policy and society.

As the developing world faces the largest environmental and socio-economic challenges, GEM strives to build bridges both between the developed and developing world, and between developing world countries.
The principles of a non-profit organization are followed. The Commission meets annually to hold a business meeting and an educational workshop with participation from the host's community. 

The annual meeting and workshop are integrated with small or large geoscientific congresses to maximize GEM's outreach and for the professional development of GEM officers.
Operations and Funding
To operate, GEM recruits geoscience experts from across the world to form
Working Groups. These groups run projects aimed at integrating geoscience knowledge into society. There are currently eight Working Groups.

Funds to operate working groups are acquired through grant applications.