Key Partners

Cooperating with other global change and sustainability networks and organizations is one of the four goals of  APN as it believes that working together with other organizations involved in global change research, capacity building and policy development is crucial in its effort to better support global change research in the region. Together with the various organizations and institutions that directly co-implement APN projects and activities, the following are among APN’s key partners:

Future Earth

Future Earth is the global research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world. Bringing together and in partnership with existing programmes on global environmental change (DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP), Future Earth will be an international hub to coordinate new, interdisciplinary approaches to research on three themes: Dynamic Planet, Global Sustainable Development and Transformations towards Sustainability. It will also be a platform for international engagement to ensure that knowledge is generated in partnership with society and users of science. It is open to scientists of all disciplines, natural and social, as well as engineering, the humanities and law.

Group on Earth Observations

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is a voluntary partnership of governments and international organizations. It provides a framework within which these partners can develop new projects and coordinate their strategies and investments. GEO is coordinating efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) on the basis of a 10-Year Implementation Plan for the period 2005-2015.

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) was established in March 1998 under an initiative of the Japanese government and with the support of Kanagawa Prefecture based on the “Charter for the Establishment of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies”. The aim of the Institute is to achieve a new paradigm for civilization and conduct innovative policy development and strategic research for environmental measures, reflecting the results of research into political decisions for realising sustainable development both in the Asia-Pacific region and globally. IGES made the transition to a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation in April 2012. APN has been operating under the administrative arrangement of IGES since 1 April 2004.

Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) is an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to understand the environmental and social impacts of global change in the Americas. IAI promotes cross-border research to augment scientific capacity and to generate knowledge for free and open exchange towards scientific advice for policy-makers on critical global change issues in the region.

International Council for Science

The International Council of Science (ICSU) is a non-governmental organization representing a global membership that includes both national scientific bodies (117 members) and international scientific unions (30 members). Through this extensive international network, ICSU provides a forum for discussion of issues relevant to policy for international science and the importance of international science for policy issues.


START — Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training

START is a non-governmental research organization, assisting developing countries to build the expertise and knowledge needed to explore the drivers of and solutions to global and regional environmental change.  Through our growing regional networks of collaborating scientists and institutions, START strives to reduce vulnerability through informed decision making.