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Future Earth design enters final phase

Future Earth has entered the final months of the initial design phase, and the pace of work is picking up as we approach the end of the year. Work on institutional design has been proceeding apace, and the final report on major aspects of overall governance will be completed at the upcoming Transition Team meeting in Paris Sept 20-21.

This meeting will also focus on refining the research framework, discussing stakeholder engagement in the design and implementation of Future Earth and outlining an outreach strategy. This strategy should be in line with the vision for Future Earth, namely to provide the knowledge required for societies to face risks posed by global environmental change and to seize opportunities in a transition to global sustainability.

Consultation will also be a big focus for Future Earth in the coming months, as a number of important engagements will kick off, starting with the Global Environmental Change programmes and projects throughout September on the research framework and a meeting with project representatives on 28-29 November. Regional workshops will take place between October and December 2012 in Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur and Mexico City, with plans for a Europe and North America workshop in 2013. These meetings will provide critical inputs for the development of Future Earth at the regional level, including region-specific research priorities and options to strengthen the production and dissemination of Earth system science in the context of Future Earth.

For more information, visit the Future Earth website.

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