Future Earth – A potential strategy for
Asia and Pacific
Nordin Hasan
ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Kuala ...
Background
• With globally connected problems we need globally
connected science.
• ICSU promotes and facilitates internat...
IHDP
WCRP
SOLAS
CLIVAR
CBC
GEWEX
SPARC
ESSP
GECHH
START
GECAFS
GCP
GNSP
GMBA
bioGENESIS
bioSUSTAINABILITY
freshwaterBIODIV...
Future Earth
• A global initiative
• Builds on ICSU’s earlier cluster of GEC research
programmes
4International Conference...
Key principles of Future Earth
research
• Seek scientific excellence: An overarching element is
commitment to science of t...
Key principles of Future Earth
research/2
• Encourage co-design and co-production: involve
researchers and stakeholders, i...
Future Earth implementation
• Secretariat: Distributed with regional hubs
(planned)
• Hubs can be geographic or thematic
•...
51 participants; 21 countries
Regional Workshop for Future Earth in Asia and
the Pacific November 2012
FUTURE EARTH MEETINGS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
IN 2012- 2013
1. International Symposium on Future Asia , RIHN, Kyoto Decemb...
FUTURE EARTH MEETINGS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
IN 2014
1. Indian Geophysical Union, Golden anniversary Convention,
Hyderaba...
Asia Strategy
• Three pronged
1. Build on past programmes e.g. MAIRS (Monsoon
Asia Integrated Regional Study)
2. Create ne...
Building on existing programmes e.g. MAIRS
• 3.3.3 Energy security
• 5.7 Sustainable food,
water and energy systems
12
Creating new programmes e.g. SIMSEA
 Example of a project under development
 Spearheaded by two members of ICSU
Regional...
Marginal Seas in East Asia
(MSEA)
 Very important to international commerce and
global security, location of numerous hea...
In the spirit of Future Earth
SIMSEA will serve to
 Propose collaborative platform to generate and share
knowledge and ex...
Pacific strategy
• Two sub-hubs/clusters
1. Australia-New Zealand
2. South Pacific
17International Conference on Applied E...
South Pacific sub-region – key issues raised
• Global change impacts, associated risks, adaptation and
community resilienc...
19
The University of the South Pacific
Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, T...
Third prong: Cross cutting needs
21
Promote research to develop and understanding of what
sustainability means at the regional, national and sub-national
leve...
Publish examples of best practices of inter- and
transdisciplinary research on sustainability
Develop guidelines on how be...
Research effective points of entry into the policy arena are
Develop approaches and programmes to bring into dialogue grou...
25
a “funders' vision for the priority knowledge
and capabilities derived from environmental
research that society needs, ...
26
27
Modified from Cornell et al. Env Sc & Pol vol.28 2013 60-70
Development
communty
Collaborative research
28
Concluding remarks
• Future Earth provides framework for research
programmes that addresses society’s needs to
develop sus...
Thank you for your attention!
30
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific
International C...
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  1. 1. Future Earth – A potential strategy for Asia and Pacific Nordin Hasan ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014 1
  2. 2. Background • With globally connected problems we need globally connected science. • ICSU promotes and facilitates international science through research, monitoring and assessements • Spearheaded many landmark research programmes and frameworks • Example: World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) with World Metorological Organization (WMO), International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), DIVERSITAS, International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) 2International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  3. 3. IHDP WCRP SOLAS CLIVAR CBC GEWEX SPARC ESSP GECHH START GECAFS GCP GNSP GMBA bioGENESIS bioSUSTAINABILITY freshwaterBIODIVERSITY bioDISCOVERY agroBIODIVERSITY ecoSERVICES ecoHEALTH DIVERSITAS IGBP GLP ILEAPS LOICZ IMBER IGAC SOLAS PAGES AIMESICSU GLP LOICZ UGBC IT ESG GECHSIRG ICSU GEC research programmes ~~~ 60,000 scientists worldwide 3
  4. 4. Future Earth • A global initiative • Builds on ICSU’s earlier cluster of GEC research programmes 4International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  5. 5. Key principles of Future Earth research • Seek scientific excellence: An overarching element is commitment to science of the highest quality. • Linking earth systems research to global sustainability: focus on integrated earth systems research and global sustainability • International in scope: Focus on areas where international research co-ordination is needed. • Promote integration: Draws on expertise in natural and social science, engineering, the humanities and professions such as planning and law. 5International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  6. 6. Key principles of Future Earth research/2 • Encourage co-design and co-production: involve researchers and stakeholders, in governments, industry and business, and civil society. • Be bottom-up driven: Emphasize importance of ‘bottom-up’ ideas from research community and stakeholders • Provide solution-oriented knowledge: Foresight of changes and risks, testing effectiveness of responses, providing knowledge for new innovations and policies • Promote inclusiveness: Strong attention will be given to regional engagement, geographic and gender balance, capacity building and networking 6International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  7. 7. Future Earth implementation • Secretariat: Distributed with regional hubs (planned) • Hubs can be geographic or thematic • Global prioritization process on-going – first meeting Kyoto 19 – 20 May 2014 • Regional Office for Asia and Pacific have been active introducing the initiative to the region since 2012 7International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  8. 8. 51 participants; 21 countries Regional Workshop for Future Earth in Asia and the Pacific November 2012
  9. 9. FUTURE EARTH MEETINGS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC IN 2012- 2013 1. International Symposium on Future Asia , RIHN, Kyoto December 2012 2. APL - SATREPS Symposium Living in the changing planet: Future Earth Designed by Simulation, JAMSTEC, Tokyo, Japan February 2013 3. Brain-storming session on Future Asia; Academia Sinica, Chinese Taipei. April 2013 4. 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay Campus, Suva, Fiji July 2013 5. MAIRS Future Earth in Asia Strategic Plan Drafting Workshop The Hong Kong Polytechnic University August 2013 6. ISIS-ICSU Roundtable on Future Earth: Pathways to sustainability. Kuala Lumpur August 2013 7. Coordinating Workshop on Future Earth: Developing a Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Agenda for Sri Lanka towards Future Earth. Colombo September 2013 8. International Workshop on Future Earth Beijing, China September 2013 9
  10. 10. FUTURE EARTH MEETINGS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC IN 2014 1. Indian Geophysical Union, Golden anniversary Convention, Hyderabad, India January 2014 2. Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan Forum on Environmental Leadership Programme and Future Earth. Senadi, Japan January 2014 3. 2 nd International Workshop on Future Earth in Asia, RIHN Kyoto, Japan February 2014 4. SIMSEA Pre-scoping Workshop, JAMSTEC-ROAP, Yokohama, Japan February 2014 5. Future Earth Future Philippines at National Research Council of the Philippines 81 st General Membership Assembly, Manila March 2014 6. MAIRS Open Science Conference, Beijing, China April 2014 7. Presentations at International Conference on Applied Energy. Taipei May – June 2014 8. Science Council of Asia International Conference with Future Earth as theme, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia June 2014 10
  11. 11. Asia Strategy • Three pronged 1. Build on past programmes e.g. MAIRS (Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study) 2. Create new programmes e.g. SIMSEA (Sustainability Initiative for the Marginal Seas of East Asia) 3. Address cross-cutting needs 11International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  12. 12. Building on existing programmes e.g. MAIRS • 3.3.3 Energy security • 5.7 Sustainable food, water and energy systems 12
  13. 13. Creating new programmes e.g. SIMSEA  Example of a project under development  Spearheaded by two members of ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) i.e.  Prof. Lourdes J Cruz ( Immediate Past President NRCP)  Prof Toshio Yamagata (Director APL JAMSTEC) 13International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  14. 14. Marginal Seas in East Asia (MSEA)  Very important to international commerce and global security, location of numerous heavily populated megacities, active societal, economical and industrial activities  Region of very high marine biodiversity and fishery activity in the world  Extremely vulnerable to natural hazards such as typhoons, storm surges, tsunamis etc. 14International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  15. 15. In the spirit of Future Earth SIMSEA will serve to  Propose collaborative platform to generate and share knowledge and expertise (science for society)  Work for solutions towards improving livelihoods and enhancing resilience to unwanted environmental change, hazards and disasters  Support transformation towards sustainability 15International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  16. 16. Pacific strategy • Two sub-hubs/clusters 1. Australia-New Zealand 2. South Pacific 17International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  17. 17. South Pacific sub-region – key issues raised • Global change impacts, associated risks, adaptation and community resilience • Urbanization and associated challenges potentially driven by environmental refugees • Integrating indigenous and traditional knowledge and modern science • Ecosystem management and biodiversity • Renewable energy systems • The need for a “Future Ocean”, reflecting strong emphasis on the ocean • USP role in organizing Future Earth 18International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
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  19. 19. The University of the South Pacific Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu 20
  20. 20. Third prong: Cross cutting needs 21
  21. 21. Promote research to develop and understanding of what sustainability means at the regional, national and sub-national levels Promote research on sustainability indicators to guide sustainability at the national and sub-national levels Create alliances of integrated research projects and groups to build long-term strength Foster and nurture networks of scientists across disciplinary fields and with different stakeholders. Need to facilitate research convergence and collaboration
  22. 22. Publish examples of best practices of inter- and transdisciplinary research on sustainability Develop guidelines on how best to do co-design and co- production of research Increase human capacity development opportunities through training workshops, research fellowships and Professorial Chairs Develop mentoring of young scientists in lesser developed countries by more experienced researchers in the region Need to develop capacity 23
  23. 23. Research effective points of entry into the policy arena are Develop approaches and programmes to bring into dialogue groups of people who do not normally talk to each other Translate and share models on how to influence policy Create or identify science-policy-stakeholder platforms that effectively inform and engage Engage local communities and local knowledge systems in generating and nurturing knowledge societies Need to enhance science-policy-stakeholder interface 24
  24. 24. 25 a “funders' vision for the priority knowledge and capabilities derived from environmental research that society needs, and the underpinning research challenges over the next decade to deliver them.”
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  27. 27. Modified from Cornell et al. Env Sc & Pol vol.28 2013 60-70 Development communty Collaborative research 28
  28. 28. Concluding remarks • Future Earth provides framework for research programmes that addresses society’s needs to develop sustainably • Brings science closer to communities and real world issues and solutions • Value adds current sustainability research initiatives • Promotes more holistic collaborative research programmes regionally and globally. 29International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
  29. 29. Thank you for your attention! 30 Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific International Conference on Applied Energy, Taipei, Taiwan 1 June 2014
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