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Episodes 2020; 43(2): 825-831

Published online June 1, 2020


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Dynamic interaction in tropical Africa: IGCP-616Y and IGCP 646 projects and events

Boniface Kankeu1*, Izuchukwu Mike Akaegbobi2, Asiedu Daniel K3, Reinhard O. Greiling4, Jürgen Runge5, Christopher Fuanya6, Sylvestre Ganno7, Jean Paul Nzenti7, Jean Bassahak1, and Joseph Victor Hell1

1Institute for Geological and Mining Research (IRGM), BP 4110, Yaounde, Cameroon
2Departmentof Geology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan-Nigeria
3Department of Earth Science, University of Ghana, Legon
4InstitutfürAngewandteGeowissenschaften, Strukturgeologic&Tectonophysick, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hetzstrasse 16, 76187 Karlsruhe, Germany
5Zentrumf?rinterdisziplinare Afrikaforschung(ZIAF), Instituef?rphysischeGeographie, Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
6Department of Geology,Pan African University Life and Earth Science Institute, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
7Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde I, BP 3412, Messa-Yaounde, Cameroon

Correspondence to:*E-mail: bonifacekankeu@yahoo.fr

Received: November 18, 2019; Revised: January 25, 2020; Accepted: January 25, 2020

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The scientific objectives and research program of the IGCP-646 project (2015–2018) cuts across many disciplines and includes various aspects of continental basement geology, resource exploration (mineral, water and hydrocarbons), geohazard mitigation, and climate change, all of which are of critical importance to developing countries, particularly in parts of West Africa where population pressures are on the rise. Considerable emphasis was placed on capacity building, creation of opportunities for young scientists to undertake higher degrees programs, knowledge transfer and training. The SIDA-funded “pilot project” IGCP-616Y (started in 2012), focused on three objects (i) crustal architecture, tectonic evolution and regional geology of Central Africa and the connection with NE Brazil; (ii) the Mesozoic continental rifting and breakup leading to a better integration of the onshore and offshore geology; (iii) clarification and quantification of the links between basement structures, neotectonics, climate change and landscape evolution. The IGCP-616Y and IGCP-646 projects consisted of over 250 researchers, from different countries. In the course of the projects, six annual meetings, four field trips/workshops, as well as several training sessions were organized. Here we provide a summary of the scientific targets of the projects and a summary of the organized activities.