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About German Committee Future Earth

A scientific advisory board and national platform "from scientists, for scientists" linked to global sustainability


Intensive research in various parts of the Earth system has been conducted for over 30 years in order to understand the dynamic and causality of global change. In the past decade, the scientific community has produced many new research findings and found facts that underlined the anthropogenic cause of many Earth changes. There is an urgent need for action to prevent negative effects of global change as far as is possible.

Today, societies face challenges such as climate change, scarcity of resources, demographic growth and ageing populations. New pathways therefore have to be determined to enable a sustainable global society and to accomplish the goal of providing future generations with a livable habitat. The international research programme Future Earth is leading the way in supporting problem-oriented research for global sustainability on an international level.

Research in Future Earth will generate knowledge that enables societies worldwide to face the challenges of global environmental change and to develop solutions for the transition to global sustainability. Research on interdependencies between human well-being, societal development and environmental quality is regarded as a necessary requirement for decision making on sustainable development on a local and global level. Furthermore, Future Earth requires options for solutions to provide the basis for sustainable development for societies.

Due to the growing interest in natural and social science research areas within the international global environmental change programmes (GEC programmes), the need for a reorganization of German committee structures was identified in 1996. As the first interdisciplinary scientific advisory board, the “German National Committee on Global Change Research (NKGCF)” brought together 15 scientists in all significant areas relating to global change research from various institutions (universities, non-university research institutes) and research funders (DFGBMBFBMU), all of whom had a common goal: approaching global change research in an interdisciplinary and coordinated way. Members were essentially involved in aligning research on global change and they all recognized the need for an integrated research approach to be put in place as soon as possible. When implemented in Future Earth, global change research now gives rise to new and amended research requirements, which can be achieved through interdisciplinary research approaches and the production of knowledge in collaboration with stakeholders. To implement these needs on a national level, the NKGCF was replaced by the “German Committee Future Earth” in March 2013. The German Committee Future Earth acts as independent, research advisory board to national research funders as well as a national platform for global sustainability researchers.


See also:

Working ProgramSecretariat German Committee Future Earth

Future EarthWCRP