Call For Proposal 2015/2016 - APN: for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region

Posted by Shofi Fida Thursday, July 23, 2015 0 comments
Closing Date: August 9, 2015.

The Asia-Pacific Region is home to more than half the world’s population with development aspirations that challenge the sustainability of natural resources, communities and their cultural heritage. Achieving these aspirations is further complicated by the impacts of natural and anthropogenic changes in the Earth’s bio-geophysical systems.

Recent research and supporting observations have provided new insights into these changes and their impacts but have, at the same time, raised a number of new and challenging issues and questions. The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) seeks to identify and address these issues through scientific research, capacity building, science-policy dialogue and awareness raising.

In order to achieve its mission, APN fosters the understanding of global environmental change by conducting regional research through collaboration and capacity building in accordance with the four goals outlined below. Each goal may be achieved primarily through support of competitively selected activities in research, capacity building and science-policy dialogue, in particular, according to the scientific themes identified under its action agenda, which are climate change & climate variability; biodiversity & ecosystems; changes in atmospheric, terrestrial and marine domains; resources utilisation & pathways for sustainable development; and risk reduction and resilience. Specifically, APN goals, in order of priority, are:
1.    Supporting regional and international cooperation in research on global change and sustainability issues particularly relevant to the region.
2.    Enhancing capabilities to participate in research on global change and sustainability and to support science-based decision-making.
3.  Strengthening appropriate interactions among scientists and policy makers, and providing scientific input to policy decision-making and scientific knowledge to civil society and the public.

4.    Cooperating with other global change and sustainability networks and organisations.

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