The Earth System Governance Project is glad to announce that we have now also formally become part of Future Earth. On Tuesday, 6 October 2015, the last signatures were placed on a Memorandum of Understanding that marks the official start of this exciting collaboration.
Future Earth is an overarching international research platform that seeks to provide the scientific knowledge needed to accelerate transformations towards a more sustainable world. It builds upon numerous earlier global environmental change research programmes, notably the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), under which auspices the Earth System Governance Project has originally been formed in 2009.
The Earth System Governance Project will contribute to all three overarching research themes of Future Earth: Dynamic Planet, Global Development, and Transformation towards Sustainability.
The Memorandum of Understanding also re-emphasizes the overarching principles of Future Earth, which have been reflected in the activities of the Earth System Governance Project since its inception, namely scientific excellence; a scientific focus on global sustainability; international collaboration; interdisciplinarity; bottom-up approaches to research; and co-design and co-production of research.
In addition to contributing with cutting-edge research on processes and institutions of earth system governance, from local to global, the Earth System Governance Project will also provide unique added value to Future Earth through our social-science research on the science-policy interface and on Future Earth and other research programmes as institutionalized communities of scientists.