AGIDs objectives are met through an ongoing programme of activities as detailed below:
- Organization of scientific, technical and other conferences, seminars, workshops and courses on the role of earth scientists in international development and the application of the geosciences to the solution of problems of developing nations;
- Promotion of regional cooperation between countries facing similar geoscience problems;
- Encouragement of adequate training for earth scientists and other geoscientific personnel of developing countries, and also the encouragement of the use of these trained personnel in their home countries;
- Promotion of better coordination among the various agencies involved in geoscience-based assistance programs in less developed countries;
- Promotion of widespread use of local talent and expertise in geoscientific programs undertaken in developing countries * Publication and dissemination of information, ideas and experiences concerning the needs for, and availability of, trained personnel and expertise *Publishing results of geoscience-based programs in developing countries or relevant to developing country needs and * Fostering other aspects of international cooperation in the earth sciences.
- Promotion of Best Practices in Ground Water Management through AGID’s Project GROWNET. (www.igcp-grownet.org)Project GROWNET (Ground Water Network for Best Practices in Ground Water Management in Low-Income Countries) has been one of the most successful Projects under the umbrella of UNESCO-IUGS’s IGCP. Its website www.igcp-grownet.org has received over 27,900 visits till 31 December 2016. GROWNET received UNESCO grant for the first 4 years but afterwards it is being managed with AGID’s resources.
AGID has achieved much since it was founded in 1974; holding and delivering training courses, organizing conferences and providing financial assistance for students from developing countries. Through continuous financial support from CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) till 1996, AGID organized and/or supported a total of well over one hundred geoscientific projects, workshops, conferences and field seminars in Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, Europe, Australia and the Pacific, and many of its national groups also have active programs of events. AGID’s growth as an active international Geoscience organization since 1976 was mainly through the hard work and sincere efforts of two Canadians; (Late) Prof. Roger Blais – Order of Canada & Prof. Antony (Tony) Berger. AGID’s website was kindly sponsored by the British Geological Survey for many years and could be accessed at www.bgs.ac.uk/agid. Now it is being updated at the address www.agid-international.orgDr. S D Limaye, Past President of AGID is maintaining the website with the help of web-designers in Pune, India. Input from AGID Office bearers and Members to the website is welcome.
Now-a-days, since CIDA’s support was stopped in 1996, AGID is especially active during all the IGCs (International Geological Congresses) including those at Rio (2000); Florence (2004); Oslo (2008) and Brisbane (2012), by organizing workshops and sessions related to topics of interests to low-income countries. These include:
(1) Sustainable development of ground water for food security, rural employment and rural health.
(2) Mining for economic progress – Eco friendly & sustainable mining
(3) Geo-hazards mitigation
(4) Geoscientists and Environmental Protection including watershed development; and
(5) Geoethics, Geo Parks, Geo Heritage, Geo tourism and Role of women geoscientists.
It may be noted that AGID’s working group on Geoethics was formed under the leadership of Dr Vaclav Nemec from Czech Republic, long before Geoethics was accepted globally as an important theme of Geosciences. This Working Group has conducted several workshops, sessions and training courses over past two decades, especially during the Mining Pribram Conferences, held each year in Czech Republic and during the IGCs held every 4 years.
In the IGC at Cape Town in 2016 AGID has organized sessions on these topics. During this IGC in Cape Town, AGID was also instrumental in founding of the South Asian Association of Women Geoscientists (SAAWG).