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The Belmont Forum announced 13 new awards funded under the multilateral, transdisciplinary Collaborative Research Action (CRA) focusing on Transdisciplinary Research for Pathways to Sustainability.Read More
Humans have affected practically all ecosystems on earth. Over the past 200 years, mankind’s emissions of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere have changed its radiative properties and are causing a rise in global temperatures which is now modifying Earth system functions globally. As a result, the 21st-century is faced with environmental changes from local to global scales that require large efforts of mitigation and adaptation by societies and ecosystems. The causes and effects, problems and solutions of global change interlink biogeochemistry, Earth system functions and socio-economic conditions in increasingly complex ways. To guide efforts of mitigation and adaptation to global change and aid policy decisions, scientific knowledge now needs to be generated in broad transdisciplinary ways that address the needs of knowledge users and also provide profound understanding of complex socio-environmental systems.
To address these knowledge needs, 12 nations of the American continent came together in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1992 to establish the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). The 12 governments, in the Declaration of Montevideo, called for the Institute to develop the best possible international coordination of scientific and economic research on the extent, causes, and consequences of global change in the Americas, with the objective of significantly expanding the frontiers of knowledge and serving as an effective interface between science and the policy process.
Sixteen governments signed the resulting Agreement Establishing the IAI which laid the foundation for the IAI’s function as a regional intergovernmental organization that pursues the principles of scientific excellence, international cooperation and the full and open exchange of scientific information relevant to global change. Since the signing of the Agreement in 1992, 3 additional nations have acceded the treaty, and the IAI has now 19 Parties in the Americas. These 19 governments meet once every year as a Conference of the Parties to consider and adopt measures to establish, review and update policies and procedures of the Institute, as well as to evaluate its work and the accomplishment of its objectives.
The Institute shall pursue the principles of scientific excellence and integrity, international cooperation, science outreach and capacity building, and the full and open exchange of scientific information relevant to global change to reach the vision of a sustainable Americas.
IAI pursues the principles of scientific excellence, international cooperation and full and open exchange of scientific information relevant to global environmental change.
Enabling a well-informed, inclusive and sustainable Americas, which collaboratively meets the challenges posed by global change by supporting flexible science-based policies and actions.