MariaMartinezHarmsCEED researcher Maria Martinez Harms has been invited to join the Development Team of the Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network (Natural Assets KAN) of Future Earth.

Future Earth is a major international research and engagement programme building on the four global environmental change programmes (DIVERSITAS, International Human Dimensions Programme for global change research-IHDP, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme-IGBP, World Climate Research Programme-WCRP) with a legacy of global research projects and networks.

It is a boundary organization facilitating new, inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches to ensure that knowledge is generated in partnership with society and users of science.

It is open to scientists of all disciplines, natural and social, as well as engineering, the humanities and law. The Future Earth Secretariat comprises five global hubs, which function as a single entity, located in Montreal (Canada), Paris (France), Tokyo (Japan), Stockholm (Sweden) and Colorado (United States).

Future Earth has recently launched Knowledge-Action Networks to catalyse new research and partnerships around  key challenges to global sustainability. Future Earth’s Knowledge-Action Networks are collaborative frameworks that conduct highly integrative sustainability research on specific topics. Their aim is to generate the multifaceted knowledge needed to inform solutions for complex societal issues.

The Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network aims at achieving a scientifically-based, sustainable and fair stewardship of terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets underpinning human well-being by understanding relationships between biodiversity, ecosystems and their benefits to societies, as well as developing effective management and governance approaches.

It partially builds on different Fast-Track Initiatives initiated by Future Earth (Global Biodiversity Monitoring, Prediction & Reporting initiative, the Seed of the good Anthropocene initiative, the Scientific support for IPBES knowledge generation initiative and Linking Earth system and the socio-economic models to predict and manage changes in land use and biodiversity), and directly respond to some decision-making needs, especially those from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The Natural Assets KAN Development Team is made of approximately 20 leading scientists and stakeholders working in the field of biodiversity and ecosystems, and is responsible for the identification of key research themes and the initial research activities for the Natural Assets KAN.