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Latest presentation on Future Earth from the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Latest presentation on Future Earth from the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

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  • Emeritus Prof Dr Nordin, The question before us is that which is the fast emerging technology that could help address 'the pressing challenges to provide sustainable, secure and fair stewardship of food,water, health, energy, materials, biodiversity and otherecosystem functions and services'? The answer is Ocean Thermal Energy Technology: that enable the sustainable supplies of freshwater and mineral water; nutritional foods; renewable energy; +++
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  • 1. FUTURE EARTH IN ASIANordin HasanDirectorICSU Regional Office for Asia and the PacificBrainstorming Session on “Future Asia”8‐9 April 2013Center for Sustainability Research, Academia Sinica
  • 2. • Dynamic planet: Observing, explaining, understanding, andprojecting earth, environmental, and societal system trends,drivers and processes and their interactions; anticipatingglobal thresholds and risks.1• Global development: Knowledge for the pressing challengesto provide sustainable, secure and fair stewardship of food,water, health, energy, materials, biodiversity and otherecosystem functions and services.2• Transformation towards sustainability: Understandingtransformation processes and options, assessing how theserelate to human values, emerging technologies and social andeconomic development pathways, and evaluating strategiesfor governing and managing the global environment acrosssectors and scales.3Research themes
  • 3. Regional workshop51 participants; 21 countries
  • 4. • Natural characteristics of the region – seismic risks, monsoons, cyclonesand heat stress;• Pressures of urbanization – megacities, health, pollution;• Coastal hazards, vulnerability and impacts on communities and newdevelopment plans;• Climate variability and extremes;• Key social pressures - rapid economic growth, population, consumption,global connectivity;• Water, energy, land and food security issues specific to the region;• Emerging health issues;• Green economy, new economic models.;• Valuation of natural capital;• Mountain and low land interactions – trans-boundary issues.General priorities
  • 5. Specific recommendations fromKL workshopCoordination and convergenceLearning and capacitydevelopmentScience-policy-stakeholderinterfaces
  • 6. WelcomeDevelop an understanding of what sustainability meansat the national and regional levels taking into accountvarying cultural contextsDevelop global sustainability indicators that can guideimplementation at the regional and sub-regional levelsDevelop strong regional representation in Future Earthand regional priorities that are developed through in-depth, long-term and sustained discussionsCreate alliances of current integrated research projectsand researchers upon which to build long-term strengthDefine clear mechanisms, such as an endorsementprocess, for projects to become part of Future EarthDevelop incentive mechanisms to promotetransdisciplinary researchFoster networks for scientists across regions,disciplinary fields and stakeholdersDevelop an understanding of what sustainability means at the national and regionallevels taking into account varying cultural contextsDevelop global sustainability indicators that can guide implementation at theregional and sub-regional levelsDevelop strong regional representation in Future Earth and regional priorities thatare developed through in-depth, long-term and sustained discussionsCreate alliances of current integrated research projects and researchers upon whichto build long-term strengthDefine clear mechanisms, such as an endorsement process, for projects to becomepart of Future EarthDevelop incentive mechanisms to promote transdisciplinary researchFoster networks for scientists across regions, disciplinary fields and stakeholdersCoordination and convergence
  • 7. Compile examples of best practices of transdisciplinary research onsustainability issues beginning with small and local scale projects thatcould be scaled up through programmes at the regional and nationallevelsDocument case studies of successful integration and interdisciplinarywork in the region and create guidelines on how to do co-design andco-production of researchIncrease human capacity development training programs, throughshort-term workshops, exchange of graduate students, increasing thenumber of graduate research positions and Professorial Chairs withincountries in the regionDevelop mentoring of young scientists in least developed countries bymore experienced researchersCapacity development
  • 8. Develop an understanding of what the points of entry into the policyarena areDevelop approaches and programmes to bring into dialogue groups ofpeople who do not normally talk to each otherTranslate and share models on how to influence policymakers - takinginto account wide range of political systems and cultural settings andbusinesses, and sustain successful science-policy dialoguesCreate or identify science-policy platforms to effectively inform andengage decision- and policy-makersEngage indigenous communities and local knowledge systems in theresearch processScience-policy-stakeholder interface
  • 9. • International Symposium on Future Asia, December 2012,RIHN Kyoto.• APL - SATREPS Symposium Living in the changing planet:Future Earth Designed by Simulation, JAMSTEC, Tokyo,Japan. February 2013• MAIRS Scientific Steering Committee Meting, Guangzhou25-26 March• Brain-storming session on Future Earth in Asia; AcademiaSinica, Chinese Taipei. 8-9 April• OECD Global Science Forum (GSF) Workshop on ResearchCollaboration between Developing Countries and DevelopedCountries in Climate Change Adaptation and biodiversity,Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 18 – 19 MarchMeetings in Asia after the RegionalWorkshop
  • 10. • Japan GEC National Platform possibility ofRIHN, JAMSTEC , MEXT, JST, JICA and SCJplaying pivotal role through SATREPS.• China: MAIRS playing a lead role; FutureEarth as theme of 1st MAIRS Open ScienceConference, Beijing, April 2014• China Taipei: Academia Sinica and theCenter for Sustainability ResearchKey research groups already at work
  • 11. • Pacific Science Association– 12th Pacific Science Intercongress, July 2014,Suva Fiji• Science Council of Asia– Panel 13th SCA Annual Conference. Bangkok,May 2013– International Symposium 14th SCA AnnualConference, June 2014Key regional science organizationsalready promoting Future Earth
  • 12. • Understanding nature and type ofpartnerships (types, interaction,communication, mutuality)• How to effectively organise researchcollaboration that is– National– Transboundary• How best to translate scientific knowledgeinto benefits for societyHow to take it forward?
  • 13. • Across economic, social and cultural divides• Significant added value by collaborating• Complementarities between competenciesand knowledge systems, and exchange onunderlying values in interculturalpartnerships, promote sound researchcontributions to development• Enhance capacities and experience amongall partners• Contribute to evidence-based planning anddecision-makingOn the partnerships
  • 14. Ensuring cohesionSource: KFPE 2012
  • 15. Which foci and priorities?Goal orientation of partnership-based researchModified from KFPE 2012InnovativeDevelopment Societal relevance
  • 16. Taking the specific recommendationsof the KL workshop as a starting point:Coordination andconvergenceLearning and capacitydevelopmentScience-policy-stakeholder interfacesDesign acoordinationfacility
  • 17. What would the facility do?Facilitate/pursue coordination and convergence• Develop an understanding of what sustainability means at thenational and regional levels taking into account varying culturalcontexts;• Develop global sustainability indicators that can guideimplementation at the regional and sub-regional levels;• Develop strong regional representation in Future Earth andregional priorities that are developed through in-depth, long-term and sustained discussions;• Create alliances of current integrated research projects andresearchers upon which to build long-term strength;• Foster networks for scientists across regions, disciplinary fieldsand stakeholders.
  • 18. What would the facility do?Create learning and capacity developmentopportunities• Compile examples of best practices of transdisciplinary researchon sustainability issues beginning with small and local scaleprojects that could be scaled up through programmes at theregional and national levels;• Document case studies of successful integration andinterdisciplinary work in the region and create guidelines onhow to co-design and co-produce research;• Increase human capacity development training programs (short-term workshops, graduate student exchange, brokeringopportunities for research positions and Professorial Chairs,mentoring of young scientists in least developed countries
  • 19. What would the facility do?Enhance understanding of science-policy and stakeholderinterface• Develop an understanding of what the points of entry into thepolicy arena are;• Develop approaches and programmes to bring into dialoguegroups of people who do not normally talk to each other;• Translate and share models on how to influence policymakers –and businesses (wide range of political systems and culturalsettings prevalent in the region) - and sustain successfulscience-policy dialogues;• Create or identify science-policy platforms to effectively informand engage decision- and policy-makers• Engage indigenous communities and local knowledge systemsin the research process;
  • 20. Organizational structure of Future Earth
  • 21. Future Earth in AsiaConceptPlanningImplementationAnalysisConsolidateFuture EarthA-Pcoordinationoffice
  • 22. • Establish a designated coordinating facility• Obtain funding support and recruitpersonnel• Constitute a planning group for researchand network development• Develop an implementation strategy andprogramme of work• Opportunistically commence workNext steps (not necessarily sequential)
  • 23. Questions?