Friday, July 22, 2011


ONLINE RESOURCE: Earth Systems Governance Project

The Earth System Governance Project has launched an initiative on international environmental governance (IEG) and the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD) that aims at contributing to the process leading to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

This initiative aims at providing researchers on earth system governance, and the broader global change research community, with an overview on the state of research on these topics. Activities under this initiative include support to the project’s researchers involved in the science-policy dialogue, for example with UNEP (read more), and synthesising and initiating research and activities under the umbrella of the Earth System Governance Project on these topics. And, obviously, the initiative is also designed to target decision makers and to contribute not just to a better understanding but also to actual improvements in international environmental governance towards an institutional framework that enables sustainable development. 

In addition, the Earth System Governance Project has been mandated to compile a fast-track policy-relevant assessment of the state of research on the IFSD. This assessment shall provide the lead input of the scientific community to the international policy process leading to Rio+20, and is an integral part of this new initiative.

At the core of this initiative is a new website: This website will compile easily accessible and structured information on International Environmental Governance and will solicit advice and comments from the global research communities, stakeholders, and policy makers, hopefully leading to a lively science-based but solution-oriented discussion.

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