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BGS international activities

By Bill McCourt


Through working in over\ud 100 countries during the last\ud 45 years the British Geological\ud Survey (BGS) has become a\ud leading international provider\ud of applied geoscience services.\ud We undertake an extensive\ud programme of international\ud research, surveying and\ud monitoring, including major\ud institutional strengthening and\ud capacity building programmes\ud throughout the developing\ud world and especially in Africa.\ud The programme is managed\ud by BGS International under\ud a team of experienced\ud managers who draw on\ud specialists from across the\ud organisation to undertake multidisciplinary,\ud mainly commercial\ud contracts. In addition, we\ud have well-established links\ud with independent experts,\ud commercial consultants,\ud universities and private sector\ud organisations that can provide\ud relevant expertise not available\ud in-house.\ud We have worked for many\ud of the principal international\ud development agencies including\ud the Department for International\ud Development (DFID), the\ud European Union, and the World\ud Bank; as well as national\ud governments such as Hong\ud Kong, Botswana and the United\ud Arab Emirates.\ud Our international activities\ud are mainly directed toward\ud development issues such\ud as sustainable resource\ud development, protection\ud of people and the natural\ud environment, quality of life and\ud poverty alleviation. Many of these\ud have been long-term residential\ud projects involving working\ud closely with governmental\ud counterpart organisations\ud through capacity building and\ud institutional strengthening. We\ud have assisted governments in\ud formulating and undertaking\ud their national geoscientific\ud mapping programmes and the\ud development of ‘fit-for-purpose’\ud multi-disciplinary geoscience\ud policy. Our depth of experience\ud has produced an unrivalled\ud understanding of the scientific,\ud logistic, managerial and cultural\ud requirements necessary for the\ud successful design, management\ud and implementation of multidisciplinary\ud geothematic projects.\ud Ongoing international work\ud includes projects in Papua\ud New Guinea, Nigeria, the\ud UAE, Ethiopia, China, the\ud Falkland Islands, Malawi and\ud Tanzania. The latter builds on\ud our long history of international\ud geological mapping and the\ud related transfer of knowledge\ud and skills in developing\ud countries and was undertaken\ud under the BGS Geoschool\ud initiative. This magazine\ud includes examples of recent\ud and current projects, including\ud the Tanzania Geoschool (page\ud 19), that we hope you will find\ud interesting and welcome your\ud enquiries

Publisher: British Geological Survey
Year: 2010
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