The IPA is involved in a series of activities and partnerships with international organisations.

International Union of Geological Sciences

The IPA became an Affiliated Organization of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) in July 1989.

World Meteorological Organization

The IPA network Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P) is a contribution to the World Metorological Organization network for monitoring of the active layer and the Thermal State of Permafrost (TSP).
The IPA has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), itself a WMO entity. The main areas of cooperation are on the roles of permafrost on water and carbon balances, and data assimilation and modelling.

International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme

Arctic Coastal Dynamics (ACD) is a joint programme with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the IGBP(International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme) - LOICZ (Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone) programme to estimate the organic carbon content and mineral transfer for eroding permafrost onto the Arctic shelves.

International Geographical Union

Beginning in 1995 the IPA and the International Geographical Union (IGU) developed an Agreement of Cooperation, thus making IPA an affiliate of the IGU. The current IGU collaboration is within its Commission on Cold Regions Environments.

International Union for Quaternary Research

The IPA is collaborating with the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA).

Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research

Coordination of activities on permafrost, soils and periglacial environments of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands is a joint programme with an Expert Group of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR). The IPA signed a joint MoU with SCAR and IASC in March 2009.

International Arctic Science Committee

Arctic Coastal Dynamics (ACD) is a joint programme with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the IGBP(International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme) - LOICZ (Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone) programme to estimate the organic carbon content and mineral transfer for eroding permafrost onto the Arctic shelves. The IPA is also a contributor to the IASC-sponsored Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON). The IPA signed a joint MoU with SCAR and IASC in March 2009.

International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

Activities related to glaciers and permafrost hazards in the high mountains (GAPHAZ) are a joint activity with the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) and the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS).

International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)

The topic of carbon sources and sinks in cold regions soils (cryosols) and permafrost is a joint program with the Global Carbon Project (GPC) and the joint working group on Cryosol of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS).