Future Earth Implementation Plan: 2016-2018

Communities across the planet face an array of challenges that will have a profound influence on their livelihoods, cultures and health and the sustainability of the environment: from securing supplies of clean drinking water to conserving fisheries and other natural assets and building toward low-carbon economies. Addressing these major challenges requires internationally coordinated research. That is the 10-year mission of Future Earth – to provide knowledge and solutions that will support transformations to global sustainability. It is a mission that depends on greater collaboration among natural and social scientists, scholars in the humanities and artists. And our success depends on deep engagement with leaders in policy, business, civil society and more.

Future Earth builds on more than three decades of global environmental change research programmes. We carry forward the legacy of DIVERSITAS, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). Their research has improved our understanding of the connections between human societies and the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and land and has illuminated the risks facing both the planet and its people.

Through the Engagement and Science Committees and Governing Council, Future Earth continues to fulfill its 10-year roadmap for implementing the Future Earth 2025 Vision that articulates eight societal challenges to sustainability. The present document summarises the plan to implement that vision over the two-year period from 2016 to 2018.