South Asian regional office of 'Future Earth' inaugurated at IISc

Updated - October 18, 2016 01:05 pm IST

Published - July 09, 2016 06:14 pm IST - Bengaluru

The South Asian regional office of 'Future Earth', an international research initiative for finding solutions to climate change, was inaugurated at the Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute for Science, Bengaluru on Saturday.

M. Rajeevan, Secretary to the Ministry of Environment Science, chaired a brainstorming session to discuss what was needed to be done in the field of climate change.

“What we are trying to do is not specific to Bangalore or Karnataka, but to conduct solution-oriented research on environmental sustainability in south Asia,” said S.K. Satheesh, chairman, Divecha Centre for Climate Change (DCCC) and executive director of the newly-formed office. DCCC currently has 32 staff members of whom 15 are scientists.

The cream of India's researchers gathered at the inauguration to deliberate on climate change and steps to take to alleviate it. Their ideas will be put together to design a working framework for the regional office.

The International Council for Scientific Unions (ICSU) initiated a 10 year international research initiative 'Future Earth' in 2015. The project was announced at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has five global hubs in Canada (Montreal), France (Paris), Japan (Tokyo), Sweden (Stockholm) and United States (Colorado).

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