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SA wins a bid to host the 35th IGC in 2016

Source : Source: Published :August 12, 2008

South Africa
has been announced as hosts for the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) in 2016. The announcement was made at the 33rd session of IGC in Oslo yesterday, after snatching a victory over other contenders.

SA's bid to host the 35th IGC was conceived as a bid for southern African region and thus has lobbied for support from all regional member states prior to the Oslo meeting.

"At the time of the bid, South Africa had the full support of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Tanzania, and a process will now be set in motion to ensure that 35th IGC is a collaborative venture involving the earth science communities of all the states in the region," said IGC statement.

At the conference latest insights into processes has put more emphasis on climate change and its impact on natural earth system processes were dealt with, also taking into consideration the energy crisis and the potential of non-renewable resources such as oil, coal and uranium, to meet ever growing demand in the future.