The Annual Regional Call for Research Proposals (ARCP) is one of the scientific pillars of the APN to encourage and promote global change research in the Asia-Pacific region that has potential, in addition to improving the understanding of global change and its implications in the region, to contribute to the establishment of a sound scientific basis for policy-making with regard to issues for which global change is an important factor. The ARCP is a competitive process launched in April 1998 for the first time to select projects for funding under the Science Agenda of the APN.
The APN’s Science Agenda (2010-2015)
The APN fosters the understanding of global environmental change by conducting regional research through collaboration and capacity development. APN’s activities promote research that improves understanding of the physical, biological and human dimensions of change in Earth system and science that informs adaptation and mitigation decision-making in the following specific areas:
- Climate Change and Climate Variability;
- Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Land Use;
- Changes in the Atmospheric, Terrestrial and Marine Domains; and
- Resources Utilisation and Pathways for Sustainable Development
The above themes are interrelated and involve the interface of natural, social and political sciences. Thus, APN will also support research on crosscutting issues, science-policy linkages and the human dimensions of global change.
The APN defines Global Change Research as “Research regarding global change (the set of natural and human-induced changes in the Earth’s physical and biological systems that, when aggregated, are significant at a global scale) and its implications for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Activities of Interest under the ARCP Programme
- New research which addresses knowledge gaps in key scientific areas
- Synthesis and analysis of existing research
- Research planning/scoping activities
- The development of policy products such as integrated assessments, impact assessments, climate models, etc.