To date, 9 national and sub-regional networks have been formed for Future Earth in Asia and the Pacific that propel research toward solutions to unique sustainability challenges in the region. The region is also home to the Secretariat for various Future Earth Global Research Projects and Knowledge-Action Networks.
This map indicates people and institutions that support Future Earth activities in the Asia and Pacific region. For example, it includes Future Earth Secretariat and national networks in the region, Project Offices and Science Committee members for the Future Earth Global Research Projects and Development Team members for the Knowledge-Action Networks.
Since the information has been collected from the websites, it may be incomplete or out-of-date. If your organization is missing or the information is incorrect, please email us the details. We also hope that you provide us with further ideas to develop this resource map.
Networks in Asian Countries and Regions
National and sub-regional networks are an essential part of Future Earth, acting as a hub of information, connections and engagement by developing diverse Future Earth networks in countries and sub-regions, and providing a practical perspective on Future Earth’s vision and research agenda for its implementation. National and sub-regional networks are formed in the following countries and regions in Asia and are emerging in Indonesia and New Zealand.
Future Earth Asia Committee
A Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for Future Earth in Asia was established in 2015 to accelerate the development of the strategy and structure for the Future Earth initiative to be implemented in Asia. After playing a critical role for 5 years, the RAC was dissolved in December 2019 to make way for the establishment of a Regional Committee. A Regional Committee is expected to be set up in 2021.
South Asia Regional Office of Future Earth
A South Asian Regional Office of Future Earth was convened in Bangalore, south India, in July 2016. The Regional Office for South Asia has a domain that spans over the countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Myanmar and a few Indian Ocean island nations. The Regional Office is hosted by the Divecha Centre for Climate Change (DCCC), Indian Institute of Science.
Read the news release on the inauguration of the Future Earth South Asian Regional Office.
Regional Research Initiatives in Asia
Monsoon Asia Integrated Research for Sustainability – Future Earth (MAIRS-FE)
Monsoon Asia Integrated Research for Sustainability – Future Earth (MAIRS-FE) is a regional consortium for the integrated study of social and earth system processes in the Asia Monsoon Region. It is one of the Future Earth Global Research Projects. MAIRS-FE focuses on human monsoon system interaction. It attempts to understand to what extent the human activities modulate the Asia monsoon climate and how the changed monsoon climate will impact further the social and economic development of Asia. The International Project Office is based in Peking University, Beijing and a Regional Project Office in the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.
Health Investigation and Air Sensing for Asian Pollution (Hi-ASAP)
Hi-ASAP is a Future Earth regional initiative to tackle air pollution and health challenges in Asia. The main goal of the initiative is to provide scientific evidence to support effective policy actions to reduce air pollution levels, in particular PM2.5, in Asia and Pacific by applying newly developed low-cost sensing devices. It was developed under the umbrella of International Global Atmospheric Chemistry project – Monsoon Asia and Oceania Networking Group (IGAC-MANGO) and endorsed as a Future Earth Asia Activity by Asia Regional Advisory Committee.
Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia (SIMSEA)
SIMSEA is a programme developed in Asia to meet the needs for transformative change towards global sustainability in Asia and the Pacific. SIMSEA will promote the development of an international alliance of scientists working together to generate policy- and community-relevant knowledge towards sustainability of the marginal seas of South and East Asia. SIMSEA is endorsed by Future Earth as one of its regional activities. The node is hosted by the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, the Philippines. SIMSEA works towards the vision of “Resilient Seas and Nations” focusing on:
- Sustainable fisheries
- Conservation of marine biodiversity
- Adaptation to climate change
- Blue economy
- Nations with ocean literacy
- Healthy seas for human well-being
- Appropriate governance
The Asia Regional Center regularly organizes symposiums, webinars, etc. Join us to learn from the experts on the latest sustainability issues in Asia.
We are working to expand our network in the region. To talk to us about promoting a Future Earth national network and collaborating with Future Earth Asia, please contact us at FutureEarth@chikyu.ac.jp.