The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is the national custodian responsible for the collection, compilation and curation of all onshore and offshore geoscience data and information. The CGS developed an Integrated and Multidisciplinary Geoscience Mapping Programme (IMMP) that aims to generate high-resolution integrated geoscience maps across the country at different scales and to maintain an impactful delivery of the core mandate of the CGS. The programme addresses core themes in response to the national development imperatives for the geosciences. These are:
• Economic growth (geosciences for mineral and energy resources, infrastructure and land use)
• Environmental health (geosciences for infrastructure and land use, health, groundwater and the environment)
• Innovation (geosciences collaboration with other institutions)
• International relations (geoscience diplomacy).
The CGS aims to use this information and knowledge to develop geoscience solutions to real-world challenges in South Africa and beyond.