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Recently the interest by geoscientists in (geo)ethical aspects of geoscience knowledge, education, research, practice and communication has grown considerably.
Today the topic of geoethics has gained a significant visibility within the scientific community. The IAPG Ð International Association for Promoting Geoethics (http://www.geoethics.org), founded in 2012, has worked to widen the discussion and create
awareness about issues of ethics as applied to the geosciences. Thanks to continuous voluntary work, the respectful exchange, and fruitful sharing of ideas, the IAPG community has produced a conceptual substratum on which to base the future
development of geoethics, by clarifying the meaning of the word ÒgeoethicsÓ, formalizing its definition, and better identifying a framework of reference values on which the geoscience community can base more effective codes of conduct and guidance.
The members of the IAPG community have published various books and articles in peer-reviewed international journals, and organized numerous scientific sessions to bring geoethics to the most important geoscience conferences. Geoethical issues have
been also included in the European project ENVRI-Plus, which is dedicated to the environmental and solid Earth research infrastructures. The tangible result of these efforts is that, now, many prestigious geoscience organizations recognize geoethics
as a fundamental issue, worthy of attention. This result was confirmed by the high quality of content and the large participation of scientists in the six technical sessions and a panel session on geoethics organized by IAPG at the 35th IGC Ð
International Geological Congress, held in 2016 in Cape Town (South Africa). Largely successful due to the cooperative work of different geoscience organizations (IUGS-TGGP Ð Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism; GSL - Geological Society
of London; EFG - European Federation of Geologists; EGS - EuroGeoSurveys; AGI Ð American Geosciences Institute; AGU Ð American Geophysical Union, and AAWG Ð African Association of Women in Geosciences). The IAPG considers the 35th IGC as the
scientific event that opened a new phase for furthering the concept of geoethics. In order to mark this milestone, the ÒCape Town Statement on GeoethicsÓ (CTSG) was tabled by the IAPG and reviewed in an international effort. It shall focus the
attention of geoscientists on the development of shared values, policies, guidelines, strategies and tools, with the long-range goal of fostering the regular adoption of ethical values and practices within the geoscience community. The document
summarizes the values, concepts, and contents developed by IAPG so far, providing a perspective for the future development of geoethical thinking. This paper addresses in detail the content of the ÒCape Town Statement on GeoethicsÓ, which is now
supported officially by several geoscience organizations.