Future Earth MENA regional Centrre (2)

The Cyprus Institute as the MENA Regional Centre for “Future Earth”

  "Future Earth", one of the most ambitious and most prestigious international  programs of global sustainability,  announced on  2nd July that the management of the program was entrusted to an international consortium in which  The Cyprus Institute is a key participant,  in charge of managing the Centre for the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. The announcement came from the International Council for Science, on behalf of the members of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability.

‘Future Earth’ is a 10-year international research initiative aiming 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. It promotes the engagement of researchers across all fields of knowledge, policy-makers, businesses and civil society in the definition of research priorities and the production of knowledge that can effectively inform decisions and actions.

The initiative will have a new Secretariat with a unique and innovative structure that spans three continents. Since challenges are global in scope, but regionally variable both socially and environmentally, Future Earth must work effectively at multiple scales.

After a thorough selection process, a consortium, forming the Central Secretariat has now been selected. A group of five Global Hubs comprising a single corporate entity, but being physically located in Canada (Montreal), France (Paris), Japan (Tokyo), Sweden (Stockholm) and the United States (Boulder) together with initially four Regional Hubs covering Latin America, Europe, MENA and Asia will constitute the Future Earth Central Secretariat.

Yuan-Tseh Lee, President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) said: “Solutions to the major sustainability challenges facing humanity require integrated science and a closer relationship with policy makers and stakeholders than we have seen to date.  Future Earth has been designed to respond to these urgent needs, and I am impressed by the innovative consortium that has come together to drive the programme forward. The consortium will work with tens of thousands of scientists already engaged in excellent global environmental change research, attract new communities, and build new partnerships to achieve the goals of global sustainability”

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) has been selected to manage the MENA Regional Centre (FEMRC), covering the Middle East and North Africa including the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf States. This choice constitutes a recognition of CyI’s regional leadership role and of its rising international prestige. The selection of CyI will bolster national, regional and global research partnerships and will allow scientists from the country to play a significant part in solving pressing environmental change issues.

 

Events

Third Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Project

Third Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Project

The Global Land Project, one of the Core Projects of Future Earth is having its Third Open Science Meeting from 24-27th October 2016 at the China National Convention Center, Beijing, China. The Future Earth MENA Regional Center, in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden is organizing a special session on Global Changes and the Water -Energy-Food Nexus in the MENA Region.

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Future Earth and Africa A Workshop at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Future Earth and Africa A Workshop at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

On February 24-25, 2016 some fifteen scientists met at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Alexandria, Egypt to discuss a number of issues related to the establishment of Future Earth on the African continent. The discussions during the Alexandria meeting were characterized by open and constructive dialogs between the participants, who enjoyed not only the discussions, but also the warm and impeccable hospitality of our hosts at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

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CONTRIBUTION OF THE MENA REGIONAL CENTER IN FUTURE EARTH MEETINGS, JAPAN 2015

CONTRIBUTION OF THE MENA REGIONAL CENTER IN FUTURE EARTH MEETINGS, JAPAN 2015

From November 12 to 24, 2015, Future Earth was at the center of various events that took place in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan. Prof. Manfred Lange of The Cyprus Institute (CyI), the Director of the Regional Future Earth Center for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region), participated in many of these events. Main points on the agenda of workshops, symposia and Agoras in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as of joint meetings between Future Earth’s Science and Engagement Committees, its Secretariat, and with its Governing Council included: first steps towards implementation of Future Earth’s Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs), advancing regional implementation arrangements, and establishing an approach to fundraising.

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PhD summer course: Climate Change Adaptation and Transformations towards Sustainability

PhD summer course: Climate Change Adaptation and Transformations towards Sustainability

This PhD course explores the relationship between adaptation and transformation, two concepts that are key to understanding societal responses to climate change. It is organized by the University of Oslo and Future Earth Norway. The objective of the course is to engage students with the latest theories, frameworks, approaches and methods for addressing two critical questions in solutions-oriented global change research: What does it mean to successfully adapt to climate change? How can deliberate transformations to sustainability be carried out rapidly, yet in ways that ethical and equitable? Lecturer: Professor Karen O'Brien, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Norway Image: Cover of one of the books discussed during the course (O’Brien K. and E. Selboe, 2015. Social Transformation: The Real Adaptive Challenge. In The Adaptive Challenge of Climate Change. London: Cambridge: 311-324)

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Second German Future Earth Summit

Second German Future Earth Summit

The scientific community in Germany is heavily involved in the development of sustainable solutions through research. This events aims to strengthen and widen this initiative through multidisciplinary approaches, networking and the exchange of ideas fostered by Future Earth.The summit is the second of its kind in Germany and will take place 28-29 Jan 2016,

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General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union

General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union

The 2016 General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will be held in Vienna, Austria. The assembly is open to scientists of all nations. Future Earth will contribute to several sessions of the EGU General Assembly 2016 including “Interdisciplinary Approaches in Climatic Change Research and Assessment”. FEMRC is participating in the event through an abstract titled: "Future Earth – New Approaches to address Climate Change and Sustainability in the MENA Region" that discusses the challenges and opportunities in the MENA region in regards to sustainable development.

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PROTEAS inauguration

PROTEAS inauguration

The Platform for Research, Observation and Technological Applications in Solar energy "PROTEAS" Facility was inaugurated in 2015 by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. N. Anastasiadis. The unique for the region facility combines modern material science, advances solar energy and desalination science to push the limits of innovation and sustainable development.

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