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Earth System Governance Foundation

The Earth System Governance Foundation supports the implementation of the research programme and diverse activities of the Earth System Governance Project and the Global Alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres.

The Earth System Governance Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization under Dutch law, created to help channel support from a variety of sources to the earth system governance research community. In particular, the Foundation shall promote academic and policy-oriented research and education in the field of global, national, and local environmental governance and policy within the larger context of earth system transformation and global sustainable development.

The Earth System Governance Foundation aims to assist public and private agencies at all levels to effectively and efficiently link up with the many world-class scientists who are affiliated with the Earth System Governance research alliance. To this end, the Earth System Governance Foundation seeks to work with public and private agencies to develop research projects, including consultancy projects that advance the implementation of the earth system governance research agenda.

In addition, the Foundation supports projects that further the dissemination of research findings and policy proposals, including through teaching programmes, online education and training modules, and capacity building programmes. In executing its mission, the Foundation is developing cooperative links with government agencies, national funding bodies, UN agencies, environmental NGOs, private sector organizations, faith-based organizations, cities and local communities, among others.

The Earth System Governance Foundation also serves as legal representative of the Earth System Governance research community. The Foundation will apply for observer status as a nongovernmental organization with relevant United Nations agencies, thus helping researchers from the community to gain access to international conferences and meetings.

The activities of the Foundation are overseen by an independent Board of Trustees. The members of this Board are Professor Frank Biermann, Utrecht (chair); Professor Bernd Siebenhüner, Oldenburg (treasurer); and Professor Oran R. Young, Santa Barbara.

For more information on the Earth System Governance Foundation, and for proposals for joint projects and mutual cooperation, please contact Ruben Zondervan, director, Earth System Governance Foundation, at

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