"Social Challenges of Global Change": The 7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Change (IHDP Open Meeting 2009); Bonn, Germany, 26-30 April 2009
|Project Summary||The IHDP Open Meeting 2009 was the first one influenced by the IHDP Strategic Plan 2007-2015. It contributed successfully to the implementation of its pillars on cutting-edge science, capacity development and science-policy interaction. It provided the human dimensions research community with substantial food for thought, as well as many concrete research collaborations initiated during these days in Bonn. It clearly reasserted to the participants the importance of the human dimensions research agenda in times of rapid change and has motivated IHDP to implement this agenda. In 2009, the Open Meeting coincided with an unprecedented momentum for the social sciences and their expected contributions to a better understanding of the challenges of global change. As attention in science and policy is increasingly addressing and further understanding both the impacts of global change on the Earth System and the need to better understand possible response options and sustainability solutions, the social sciences can indeed offer significant contributions to these changes taking place. By shaping the conference agenda in the light of four major social challenges – demography, resources and technology, equity and sustainable adaptation, and institutions and governance – the conference provided the intellectual set-up for this important task.|
|Project Leader||Dr. Leena Srivastava, The Energy Resources Institute, INDIA|
|Countries Involved||Open to all APN member countries|
|Project Duration||1 year|
|Year of Completion||2008|
|Project Output|| |
IHDP Update Magazine Issue No. 1/2009: “Social Challenges of Global Change”, Bonn, March 2009.
Internet has been used to promote and disseminate the outcomes of the IHDP Open Meeting 2009 at: www.openmeeting2009.org. Rich multi-media-content is available next to abstracts, full papers and reports.
IHDP was able to produce professionally edited videos of key events of the Open Meeting, which are currently made available to worldwide audiences via Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/IHDPSecretariat.
IHDP Open Meeting 2009 Report http://www.openmeeting2009.org/pdf_files/OM_Report_web.pdf
Conference Book http://www.openmeeting2009.org/pdf_files/Conf%20Book_WEB.pdf
Other publications of direct relevance to or supported by the 7th OM:
UGEC Viewpoints No. 2, September 2009 “Urbanization: a Critical Human Dimension of Global Environmental Change” http://www.ugec.org/docs/UGECViewpointsIssue2.pdf
LOICZ Reports and Studies No. 34 related to issues addressed at the LOICZ OM session: “The Analysis of Governance Responses to Ecosystem Change.” http://www.loicz.org/imperia/md/content/loicz/print/rsreports/ 34_the_analysis_of_governance_responses_to_ecosystem_change.pdf
GECHS sessions at the OM contributed to the GECHS synthesis and its synthesis conference of June 2009: IHDP UPDATE magazine 1/2009 “GECHS Synthesis. Human Security in an Era of Global Change.” http://www.ihdp.unu.edu/file/IHDP+Updates/Update+2.2009+GECHS/Update+2.2009+GECHS?menu=61