WATCH THE VIDEO: Workshop for a network on emergent risks and extreme events held in Tokyo

Extreme weather events had a major profile in the news in 2017 – with severe storms and flooding battering parts of the Americas, Caribbean and South Asia. That made a recent workshop that Future Earth hosted at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo especially timely. The event, which took place on 22 November, addressed a newly-developed Knowledge-Action Network focusing on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events.

bioGENESIS holds annual meeting in Montreal

BioGENESIS, a Global Research Project of Future Earth, held the annual meeting of its Steering Committee in Montreal, Canada, from 13 to 15 November 2017. The project explores the implications of evolutionary dynamics for protecting the planet’s biodiversity. It held a symposium on the “Evolutionary Foundations of Biodiversity Science” in the beautiful Redpath Museum of McGill University. The event was hosted by Andrew Hendry of McGill.

Urban Knowledge-Action Network launches new project on biodiversity and sustainable cities

Future Earth in cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity, Stockholm Resilience Centre, SwedBio, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and other partners launched the first phase of an ambitious project called “Integrating Nature for Urban Sustainability” in Montreal, Canada, on 26 October.

National Committee launches in Japan

The Future Earth National Committee for Japan launched in Tokyo on 15 September at its inaugural general assembly organised by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ). Members of the Future Earth Japan Consortium, which supports Future Earth’s Global Hub in Tokyo, attended the general assembly. There, they resolved to reorganise the consortium, forming the Japan National Committee.