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WHAT IS APN?
WHAT IS GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH?

There are a number of long-term environmental changes taking place on earth. Many of these changes are influenced by human activities and, in response, they affect the quality of human life. Examples include climate change and changes in the way land is used, such as deforestation or urbanisation. The attempt to understand the cause, extent and effect of these worldwide envionmental changes is called global change reseatch. Global change cuts across national boundaries. Therefore, the cooperation and collaboration of all countries is important to conduct the research necessary to understand its causes and impacts.

THE ROLE OF THE APN

The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) is an intergovernmental network whose mission is to foster global change research in the Asia-Pacific region, increase developing country participation in that research, and strengthen interactions between the science community and policy makers.

The APN believes that international cooperation among governments and scientists will help increase the understanding of the complex mechanisms and impacts of global change on ecosysterns and human society in the Asia-Pacific region. This is necessary to identify and address the problems that may arise from that change.

By assembling researchers and policy makers from different countries in the region to work together, the APN seeks to address those issues which are relevant throughout Asia rind the Pacific.

ACTIVITIES

In order to achieve its goals the APN conducts a number of different activities that include:

  • supporting collaborative research and training activities;
  • organising scoping workshops to develop new research projects;
  • disseminating global change information to scientists and policy makers; and
  • providing opportunities for scientists and policy makers to discuss regional research priorities and other global change issues.
RESEARCH FRAMEWORK

The APNís main areas of scientific interest are set out above. The primary concern of the APN is to provide an input to policymaking through the integration of the natural and social sciences. Accordingly, understanding the human dimensions of global change is at the heart of the APNís concerns. The APN has sponsored research and capacity building activities in areas such as:

  • Agricultural systems and water resources
  • Atmospheric aerosols
  • Land use and cover change
  • Marine and coastal zones
  • Regional climate modelling
  • Urbanisation

PARTNERSHIP APPROACH

The APN- believes that working in partnership with other organisations involved in global change research is essential to maximise the resources available and to deliver the best possible results. In particular, the APN cooperates closely with the global change SysTem for Analysis Research, and Training (START), the International Geosphere- Biosfere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimepsions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and DIVERSITAS.

APN GOALS

The specific goals of the APN include, but are not limited to:

  1. supporting regional cooperation in global change research on issues particularly relevant to the region;
  2. strengthening the interactions among scientists and policy makers, and providing a scientific input to policy decision- making and scientific knowledge to the public;
  3. improving the scientific and technical capabilities of nations in the region;
  4. facilitating the standardisation, collection, analysis and exchange of scientific data and information relating to global change research;
  5. cooperating with other global change networks and organisations; and
  6. facilitating the development of research infrastructure and the transfer of know-how and technology.
FURTHER INFORMATION

Anyone interested in establishing closer contact with the APN or who would like further information on APN funding and other activities should contact the Secretariat.

APN Secretariat

IHD Centre Building,

5th Floor 1-5-1 Wakinohama Kaigan Dori Chuo-Ku, Kobe 651-0073 Japan

Tel: +81-78-230-8017

Fax: +81-78-230-8018

E-mail: info@apn-gcr.org

Website: http://www.apn-gcr.org

The APN employs Liaison Officers in Bangkok, Beijing, New Delhi and Suva to act as regional representatives and to coordinate the flow of global change information. Liaison Officers are based in START regional research centres. For the name and address of your regional Liaison Officer please contact the APN Secretariat or access the APN web site.