Future Earth

The existing global environmental problems are universal issues today, and collaboration among nations is essential for their solution. New efforts will also be required, through collaborative engagements with various stakeholders such as those in the fields of science, industry, administration, and civil society.

The "Future Earth" initiative was proposed based on this recognition, at the RIO+20 conference in 2012, led by the International Council for Science (ICSU), and became fully operational in 2015. Having the same concept as the two existing activities: the integrated Global Environmental Change Programs (GEC) and the researches on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Future Earth is a 10-year schemed, international global environment research program to counter the various risks arising from global environmental changes, aiming to build a sustainable society around the globe.

Future Earth clearly states the importance of a strong partnership between the natural sciences, and the humanities and social sciences; as well as the importance of Knowledge Co-Creation, or "Transdisciplinary researches", achieved through Co-Design, Co-Production, and Co-Delivery of researches that are based on collaborative engagements by direct or indirect stakeholders (e.g. international organizations, central and local governments of various countries, organizations dealing with research grant programs, international cooperation and development aid organizations, industries, civil society, and media etc.) for the research results.

The government shall promote initiatives for a societal implementation of research and development in environmental science and technology, by co-designing with the stakeholders. The government shall also move toward constructing the basis for scientific knowledge, technologies, human resources, systems and other required matters.

As part of the Future Earth initiative promotion activities, the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX), a division in the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), has been carrying out the "Research and study on selection of globally prioritized themes for Japan to be engaged in and on R&D designs for such themes" and the "Transdisciplinary researches for problem solutions", since FY2014.

Summary of Program/ Project

Research and study on selection of globally prioritized themes for Japan to be engaged in and on R&D designs for such themes

The project is targeted toward finding a series of globally prioritized topics and themes in which Japan may be able to take initiatives within Asia and the world, utilizing Japan's "assets", and targeted toward developing a methodology which benefits the design of Transdisciplinary research for a sustainable global environment (implementation period: FY2014-end of FY2016).

Project Future Earth; Research and study on selection of globally prioritized themes for Japan to be engaged in and on R&D designs for such themes
Representative Head of Future Earth Unit, Center for Research Development, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature(RIHN)
Summary ●Based on objective evidences, collect and investigate the topics with regard to Future Earth (hereinafter, FE) within Japan and the Asian regions, and the present situations and movements of global environmental researches in Japan.
●Examine and determine standards for evaluating the Japan's assets and the adaptability of these topics to Transdisciplinary researches.
●Based on the above standards, identify a series of research agenda in which Japan may be able to take initiatives in the world, and which should be subjects for TD researches.
●In collecting and identifying issues and determining a standard for evaluation, we shall seek collaboration with stakeholders in various social positions and situations, as well as researchers from the natural sciences, and the humanities and social sciences.
●To achieve this, we shall make full use of our existing partnership systems with the FE related agencies and organizations within and outside Japan, and focus on building new networks among related stakeholders and new platforms within Japan and Asian regions.
URL http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/activities/related/etc/fe.html(Japanese)
Achievement http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/future_earth/ristex/(Japanese)

Transdisciplinary researches for problem solutions

Through FY2014 and FY2015, we have carried out Feasibility Studies (FS) for research and development to be promoted as Transdisciplinary researches (hereinafter, TD researches) in two stages, phase 1: designing the research agenda, and phase 2: trying out research plans. A full scale "Transdisciplinary Researches for problem solutions" has been in effect since FY2016.

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