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Future Earth - July 2013

DIVERSITAS and its community are deeply committed to developing a science for global sustainability based on the recognition of the importance of, and different values of biodiversity and ecosystem services. DIVERSITAS projects are actively involved in providing input for the development of the implementation strategy of the Future Earth research framework. This implementation strategy will be finalised by the newly appointed Future Earth Scientific Committee, in which the biodiversity and ecosystem services community is well represented. The Future Earth Scientific Committee will hold its first meeting on 19-21 Nov 2013 in Gauteng, South Africa.

Another major development is the establishment of the interim secretariat for Future Earth, and the nomination of Frans Berkhout, formerly Professor of Innovation and Sustainability, and Director of the Amsterdam Global Change Institute at the VU University Amsterdam, who will serve as Interim Executive Director until the permanent secretariat is established (end 2014).

  • Future Earth and DIVERSITAS: latest developments
  • Future Earth-GEC Community webinar (3 July 2013)
  • Call for expression of interest to host the permanent secretariat of Future Earth
  • Vacancy: Future Earth Communication Coordinator
  • Future Earth communication: launch of the Future Earth blog and publication of the July 2013 newsletter
  • Regional Future Earth consultations:
    • Future Earth North America Webinar I, 2 May
    • Future Earth Europe Regional Workshop, Paris, 13-14 May (final report)
    • Future Earth North America Webinar II, 30 May
  • Past and upcoming events


Future Earth - April 2013

DIVERSITAS considers that a sustainable way of life can only be achieved if all policies fully reflect the importance and values of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Achieving this vision is the key ambition of Future Earth. DIVERSITAS, and its legacy of vibrant projects and active global networks, are therefore playing a major role in the current transition process from current global change programmes (DIVERSITAS, IHDP, IGBP) into a unique Future Earth programme. This move represents the efforts of the global scientific community to mainstream biodiversity science, and to provide a scientific basis to discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Future Earth - February 2013

Future Earth is a new international research initiative launched in June 2012 under the auspices of the Alliance for Global Sustainability. Its aim is to develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades.

Future Earth and DIVERSITAS

Future Earth Research Framework

Past and upcoming regional consultations


Future Earth launched at Rio+20 - June 2012

Future Earth was launched at the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development and at other key events throughout Rio+20.

Go to the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development website.

You can watch the recorded session of the Future Earth launch event.

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