On 5th April 2017 IAH signed an agreement for cooperation with IAPG, the International Association for Promoting Geoethics. IAPG is a multidisciplinary, scientific association for widening discussion and creating awareness about problems of Ethics applied to the Geosciences, with a worldwide membership network of geoscientists in more than 100 countries in 5 continents. The IAPG is an affiliated organization of the IUGS – International Union of Geological Sciences and it is recognized as an International Associate Organization of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), an Associate Society of the Geological Society of America (GSA), an Associated Society of the Geological Society of London.
The agreement expresses a mutual desire to co-operate on a range of issues in the field of geoethics and groundwater with, in particular, the following objectives:
- promoting the principles of geoethics, research integrity and best practices in use of groundwater within their networks;
- cooperating in teaching and training events on groundwater, by introducing issues of geoethics;
- co-organising scientific and dissemination events about (geo)ethical and social implications of groundwater use;
- identifying possibilities to apply for funding for the development of common projects on geoethics and groundwater.
Both organisations will promote the involvement of their members in discussion on the ethical and social implications in the exploitation and use of geo-resources, with specific attention to groundwater and will establish a liaison link to ensure good information flow and cooperation.