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Planet under Pressure 2012

United Kingdom
Event start: 20120325
End date: 20120328

Event description

The Earth System Governance Project will join the international science community at the Planet under Pressure conference to be held from 26-29 March 2012 in London, United Kingdom.

The 2012 international Planet Under Pressure conference aims to provide a comprehensive update of the pressure planet Earth is now under. The conference will discuss solutions at all scales to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20. Three broad themes will guide the conference:

– Meeting global needs: food, energy, water and other ecosystem services

– Transforming our way of living: development pathways under global environmental change

– Governing across scales: innovative stewardship of the Earth system

To achieve the conference aims, global sustainability scientists must work in partnership with decision-makers in policy, development, business and the wider non-government sector to manage the pressures and move societies to a sustainable pathway. To this end, the Earth System Governance Project has taken an active role in the conference through organising sessions, hosting key events and providing mentorship to developing country scientists attending the conference.

The London conference will act as a platform to strengthen and enlarge the global-change research community and mark a move to a new vision for global-change research. Further, the vision is for a conference that connects leading social and natural scientists with business, investors and the development agenda to create a new understanding and environment for tackling global sustainability challenges. The event will include strong policy interaction and a dedicated policy day. Through workshops and seminars, delegates will be encouraged to discuss options and solutions to climate change, energy, food security, water, poverty and other pressing issues. The Earth System Governance Project therefore encourages all members of the network to participate in the conference. The Call for Papers with a detailed description of the conference theme, key-dates, and additional information is available at the conference website

The Earth System Governance Project will have an active presence at the conference and we welcome the opportunity to engage with scientists and policy makers attending the conference.For more information about Earth System Governance Project activities at the conference, please contact Vasna Ramasar on email: vasna.ramasar[at]

Some of the sessions with strong involvement of Earth System Governance researchers include:

Day 1: Recognizing and Counteracting Power in Environmental Governance

John Dryzek (Earth System Governance Lead Faculty), Australian National University, Australia; Hemant Ojha, Research Director at the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Day 2: Water: Integrated assessment, governance and management in changing conditions at global, regional and transboundary levels

(Joint Session of Earth System Governance Project, GWSP, and GEWEX) Makoto Taniguchi, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan; Malin Falkenmark,Stockholm International Water Institute, Sweden; Alice Aureli, UNESCO IHP, France; Maximiliano Campos, Organization of American States, USA; Jun Xia, IWRA &Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


Day 3: Urban governance challenges for sustainability and global environmental change

JoAnn Carmin, Environmental Policy and Planning, MIT, USA; Heike Schroeder (Earth System Governance Scientific Steering Committee), Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK; David Simon, Royal Holloway University of London, UK; Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University, Uganda; Shu-Li Huang, Graduate Institute of Urban Planning National Taipei University, Taiwan


Day 3: Responding to Global Environmental Change. Perspectives from the Global South

Roberto Sánchez Rodríguez, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, México; Coleen Vogel, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Roberto Guimaraes (Earth System Governance Lead Faculty), Fundacao Gutilio Vargas, Brazil; Cheikh Mbow, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal


Day 3: Governing global environmental change-induced migration across scales

Vasna Ramasar, Earth System Governance Project, Sweden; Ingrid Boas (Earth System Governance Research Fellow), University of Kent, United Kingdom; Benoît Mayer (Earth System Governance Research Fellow), McGill University, Canada; François Gemenne (Earth System Governance Research Fellow), Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), France


Day 3: Operationalizing Planetary Boundaries? Implications for Regional and Place-Based Management

Lisa Graumlich, University of Washington, United States of America; Diana Liverman (Earth System Governance Scientific Steering Committee), University of Arizona, United States of America; David Battisti, University of Washington, United States of America; F Stuart Chapin, University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States of America


Day 3: Exploring Effective Architecture for Emerging Agencies in International Environmental Governance

Vasna Ramasar, Earth System Governance Project, Sweden; Norichika Kanie, (Earth System Governance Scientific Steering Committee) Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan; Michele Betsill (Earth System Governance Scientific Steering Committee), Colorado State University, USA


Day 4: Novel multi-sector networks and entrepreneurship in urban climate governance

Heike Schroeder (Earth System Governance Scientific Steering Committee), University of East Anglia and Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, University of Oxford, UK; Sarah Burch (Earth System Governance Research Fellow), Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, University of Oxford, UK; Steve Rayner, Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, University of Oxford, UK; Elizabeth Sheehan, Climate Smart, Vancouver, Canada


Day 4: Going Beyond 2°C of Global Warming? Exploring the Scientific, Societal and Governance Challenges

Andrew Jordan (Earth System Governance Lead Faculty), Tyndall Centre, UEA, UK; Professor Corinne Le Quere, Tyndall Centre, UEA, UK


Day 4: Science-policy dialogue: Planetary boundaries – Dealing with challenges

Åsa Persson (Earth System Governance Research Fellow), Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden; Måns Nilsson, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden; Henrik Österblom, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden


Day 4: Toward a sustainability-science knowledge-network on marine-ecosystems: achieving innovative, transdisciplinary stewardship across multiple scales

Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, member of SCCID (ICSU), USA; Oran Young (Earth System Governance Lead Faculty), University California Santa Barbara, IHDP, USA; Alida Bundy, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada; Moeniba Issacs, University of Western Cape, South Africa; Marion Glaser, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Germany


Day 4: Global Environmental Governance and National Action Plans: Institutions, Issues, Interests in Developing Countries

Tim Cadman (Earth System Governance Research Fellow), University of Southern Queensland, Australia; Elda Tancredi, National University of Lujan, Argentina; Elena Abraham, Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de las Zonas Áridas, Argentina; Lauren Eastwood, State University of New York – Plattsburgh, USA; Matthew Haigh,University of London, UK


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