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28th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the IAI

19 August, via video conferencing.

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IAI MAP-Fire project has released two reports on the 2019 air quality and burned areas in the State of Acre, Brazil

The IAI Small Grant MAP-Fire research team have released two reports on the 2019 air quality and burned areas in the State of Acre, Brazil, in the Southwestern Amazon. Although this is not the first time that the air quality in the area has deteriorated due to fires, it is the first time that the impacts on air quality have been measured in situ.

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Detection and treatment of Coronavirus in wastewater

The AQUASEC Center of Excellence for Water Security, established by the IAI, strengthens links between researchers and water authorities in the Americas. At the request of the General Department of Irrigation of the province of Mendoza, Argentina, AQUASEC organized several virtual meetings with experts from the WEST Center (Water, Energy and Sustainable Technology) and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy of the University of Arizona, USA.

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About the IAI

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. The resulting Agreement Establishing the IAI laid the foundation for the IAI’s function as a regional intergovernmental institution that promotes scientific research and capacity building to inform decision-makers on the continent and beyond. Since 1992, 7 additional nations have acceded the treaty, and the IAI has now 19 Parties in the Americas, which come together once every year in the Conference of the Parties to monitor and direct the IAI’s activities.

Mission, vision and core values


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.

Core values

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.