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CIFEG is a foundation officially recognized as beneficial to the public at large, created in 1981 shortly after the success of the International Geological Congress in Paris. His head office is in Paris.

CIFEG main objective is to promote exchanges, training and cooperation in Earth Science, to contribute supporting sustainable development in benefit of the South.
The foundation contributes to poverty reduction by developing actions based on valorization and dissemination of geoscientific information. This approach aims to promote the whole earth sciences in Africa (mineral and hydrogeologic resources, natural hazards and renewable energies) and to improve human skills to answer the challenges linked to the use of georesources and to deal with climate change issues. This objective is achieved through information, documentation and training actions and also alongside applied cooperation based research. CIFEG plays a role of link between North and South countries. 

Information and documentation activities have been important in the past, whit the constitution and management of 2 continental networks linked with bibliographic data bases: PANGIS for Africa and SANGIS for Asia. These two activities went on their own since 2005, as part of organizations or projects which insured their valorization and development:

  • The 13,000 bibliographic references from PANGIS have been integrated in 2005 in the SIGAfrique Project (funded by French ministry of Foreign Affairs and coordinated by CIFEG), and later on (end 2008) transferred to AEGOS Project, EU funded (FP7) (see below References).
  • SANGIS databases have been transferred in 2005 to intergovernmental organization CCOP (Coordinating Committee for Coastal and Offshore Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia, Bangkok). The last significant achievement of SANGIS has has been the constitution of a multilingual geosciences thesaurus (11 languages), conjointly funded by UNESCO and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  •  PANGEA review will continue to be published, but under a digital version. CIFEG will also maintain its policy of occasional publications, such as thematic or regional synthesis, proceedings of symposia, etc…

Training activities rely on universities, scientific organizations, schools and training institutions to support individual training actions in an academic framework (MSc, PhD) mostly towards Africa.
Internationally CIFEG supported by and on behalf of different organizations (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNESCO, Agence Française de Développement) organize and coordinate scientific research programs with South countries in cooperation with French universities, research centers and other institutions specialized in geoscience disciplines.

This capacity has been demonstrated by Projects totally or partially coordinated by CIFEG such as SIGAfrique, AEGOS, MAWARI (see “references).

CIFEG foundation completes its missions thanks to subventions, donations and bequests it is allowed to receive. This financial support is primordial to face the XXIst century’s challenges which developing countries face regularly.


Important tax benefits are granted for any payment to CIFEG :

 for individuals : tax reduction of 66% of the given amount, limited to 20% of the taxable income, and tax on capital reduction of 75% in the limit of 50 k€

for enterprises : tax reduction of 60% from the given amount, limited to 0,5% of the turnover
CIFEG is a member of the French Center of Foundations (Centre Français des Fondations).

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