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Regional Advisory Committee for Future Earth in Asia announced

The eight-person Committee will be an effective advocate for Future Earth in the region, and for regional interests within Future Earth globally. The committee will work closely with the Regional Centre in Asia, based at the Research Institute for Nature and Humanity, Kyoto, Japan, to accelerate the development of the Future Earth activities in the region. The Advisory Committee will eventually evolve into the Regional Committee for Asia.

Committee members are: 
  • Dr Kusumita Arora (CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India)
  • Professor Fu Bojie (Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)
  • Professor Soottiporn Chittmittrapap (National Research Council of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Professor Mohd Nordin Hasan (International Council for Science Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Dr Shih-Chun Candice Lung (Research Center for Environmental Changes, the Academy of Sciences located in Taipei)
  • Professor Roberto F. Rañola, JR. (Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Economics and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines)
  • Professor Thomas Anton Reuter (Australian Research Council, The University of Melbourne, Asia Institute, Victoria, Australia)
  • Dr Soonchang Yoon (Environmental Sciences, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies / the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea)

The functions of the Regional Committee are expected to include:

  • Initiating processes of co-design
  • Facilitating regional and international interactions
  • Fostering regional capacity building
  • Establishing regional structures or activities appropriate to the circumstances in the region.

The full list of RAC members will become available at the Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia website soon. 

Responses to the call for nominations were considered by a select committee of external representatives. In addition to individual candidates’ potential contributions to Future Earth, the Selection Committee took into account the overall balance of the committee in terms of diversity. The RAC will hold its inaugural meeting in Kyoto on 20 November 2015.