Future Earth: Regional Workshop for Europe in Paris, May 2013
At their previous Annual Meeting in Helsinki in October 2012, the European ICSU Members agreed to support organising a regional Future Earth Workshop for Europe. The event will be organised by the French Académie des sciences in Paris on 13-14 May 2013 and will take place at the Fondation Simone et Cino Del Duca. For more information: Regional Future Earth Workshop for Europe, Paris 13-14 May.
The Future Earth workshop for Europe is one in series of altogether six workshops around the globe. The regional Future Earth workshops are a key arena to discuss the implementation of this major 10-year initiative that will not only reshape the global change research conducted within ICSU’s programmes but also develop new partnerships with policy-makers and other stakeholders. The European workshop’s central theme is co-design – a more solution-oriented and integrated approach to global environmental change research that will involve both social and natural scientists – and will focus on identifying options for implementing Future Earth in Europe within this global framework.
The work to implement Future Earth in the regions continues also on national levels. In addition to regions, National ICSU Members have an essential role in this work. Finland, Germany and Sweden, for example, have started processes to define their national needs and forms of function at the interface with global and local levels.
In order to map out national feedback, Finland organised a national consultation on the Future Earth process for the relevant national committees, ministries and other stakeholders on 12 November 2012. The overall experience was that Future Earth process provides opportunities also for stronger national co-design. National consultations could provide valuable information and best practice ideas also for the work taking place in regional Future Earth workshops, and hence national events to be organized prior the event in Paris should be strongly encouraged. Management Group member Professor Wolfram Mauser sent a video message to the national Future Earth consultation event in Finland, providing information on the German re-coordination process.
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