2008, International Year of Planet Earth

The United Nations has proclaimed 2008 the International Year of Planet Earth. A joint initiative of UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), the Year's purpose is to highlight our knowledge of our planet.

Earth sciences for society
The International Year of Planet Earth aims to encourage more widespread and efficient use of the knowledge gathered by 400,000 earth scientists the world over. This means preventing natural risks, using the planet's resources sustainably, and managing global warming.
Other multidisciplinary themes are also being considered for the planned programme of activities.

International Scientific Programme

Activities in Belgium
The International Year of Planet Earth actually spans three years, from 2007 to 2009, with 2008 as its peak. More than 65 countries have their own national committees to propose their own activities.
In Belgium, the national IYPE committee is managed by Philippe Claeys, geologist at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the communication department of the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

List of Activities in Belgium