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The Czech Geological Survey works with the geological surveys and governments of other countries under the terms of cooperative development grants, training programmes and specific technical assistance contracts. Geological maps of a number of areas in different parts of the world have been compiled and published as a result of this work, e.g. the Trans-Altay Gobi in Mongolia and the volcanic chain of Nicaragua.

Much of this work has been sponsored under the terms of the Foreign Development Cooperation (FDC) Programme of the Czech Government administered by the Ministry of the Environment. A major objective of these international programmes is to provide technical assistance that will enable economically less-developed countries to improve the living standard of their people by identifying and avoiding natural geodynamic hazards, mitigating the environmental degradation caused by historical mining, discovering new deposits of raw materials and developing sustainable strategies for the use of critical natural resources, especially groundwater.

Since 1997, the Czech Geological Survey has actively participated in a number of Foreign Development Cooperation projects in different parts of the world. The scope of these projects are as follows:

  • Geological mapping and regional-geological research combined with exploration and assessment of raw materials (Nicaragua, Mongolia, Zambia);
  • Appraisal of geologic risks, particularly of seismic and volcanic activity, land slides, erosion and floods (Central America, Peru);
  • Research of the economic geology, including evaluation of the exploration potential of selected areas (Zambia, Burkina Faso);
  • Anthropogenic impacts on the environment (Burkina Faso, Zambia, Namibia).

In addition, the Czech Geological Survey is cooperating in projects in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Ethiopia. There are also contracts outside the FDC, such as that between the CGS and the Iranian Geological Survey. A number of expeditions to the Gregor Mendel Base on James Ross Island in Antarctica have also been made as part of the national programme of research in Antarctica funded by the Czech Ministry of the Environment.

Map of the Nicaraguan Volcanic Chain 1 : 200,000

P. Hradecký, J. Šebesta

This 1 : 200,000 scale geological map is a synthesis of the detailed work carried out by Czech geologists in the Pacific zone of Nicaragua from 1997 to 2001. The geological structure of the Pacific zone, where six volcanoes are still active, has been shaped by volcanic processes from the Pliocene up to the Recent. A complementary geomorphological map depicts the most important topographical features created by this exogenous and endogenous eruptive activity. The geological information that was gathered during the project was used in the compilation of maps of natural hazards. These maps are now used by Nicaraguan government offices and professional institutions as a tool for mitigating risks to existing settlements and infrastructure and for developing safe and effective planning strategies for the future. In 2006, this map was awarded 3rd place for cartographical design at the ‘The Map Gallery’, a prestigious international competition held in San Diego.

Geological map of the Trans-Altay Gobi 1 : 500,000

P. Hanžl, Z. Krejčí

The Trans-Altay Gobi is a remote desert area located in the southwest corner of Mongolia along the border with the People's Republic of China. A large part of the Trans-Altay Gobi falls within the protected area of “The Great Gobi Reservation” proclaimed in 1975. This is an area of special scientific interest because of its fauna and botany as well as its geology. For many years there has been a strong tradition of geological cooperation between the Mongolian Republic and the former Czechoslovak Republic that began in the 1950’s. The political changes that took place in the early 1990’s caused a brief interruption but in 1997 cooperation was renewed under the terms of the International Development Cooperation programme of the Czech Republic. One of the first projects undertaken in this new era of cooperation was carried out by GEOMIN JIHLAVA from 1999 to 2003 in cooperation with specialists from the Czech Geological Survey. The aim of this project was to make a geological map of the Trans-Altay Gobi at a scale of 1 : 200,000 and carry out a regional geochemical survey. One of the outcomes of this project is the map of the Trans-Altay Gobi at a scale 1 : 500,000 published in 2008.

Environmental-geochemical Atlas of the Central-northern Part of the Copperbelt Province of Zambia

B. Kříbek, V. Majer, I. Nyambe

The Geochemical-environmental Atlas embodies the results of several-years of research in an area of Zambia strongly affected by anthropogenic contamination. The Copperbelt Province is one of the nine provinces of Zambia, well-known for the copper ores that are mined there. A comprehensive investigation of the distribution of heavy metals and sulfur in the soils and drainage of parts of this region has been made. In particular, the geochemistry of two horizons in agricultural soils and the contents of heavy metals in important cultivated crops (manioc, sweet potato and corn) have been investigated in an area strongly afflicted by mining and processing of copper and cobalt ores. Thematical maps have been created to enable the environmental impact of ore mining to be assessed. These are now being used as a tool for planning land use and determining priorities for decontamination and rehabilitation work in settled and cultivated areas.


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