Future Opportunities

Tropical Forests: Global Implications and Pressing Actions (FORESTS 2024)


Approved to Launch in November, 2023
Estimated launch time frame: June 2024
Lead BF Member:
IAI/FAPESP

Brief Summary:

This CRA addresses tropical forests around the world, to recognize pressing challenges and opportunities to meet the targets under the Sustainable Development Goals and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
The main pressing challenges for tropical forests, especially in the Global South, identified by local and regional actors include deforestation, sustainable development through locally-led economies, ecosystem functions and connectivity, climate change, ecological connectivity, biodiversity and ecosystem loss, unregulated agroindustry, illegal wildlife trade, pollution, human health, risk of disasters, resilience, environmental justice and governance, and connections of the Tropical Forests, and the destruction of indigenous peoples and local communities’ livelihoods whose survival depends on the local ecosystem under threat.
From October 2022 to December 2023, a comprehensive and transdisciplinary scoping process took place in the regions around the world where the tropical forests are located in virtual and in-person formats. The call for proposals is at the first draft stage and will be refined until its launch.

Scoping activities:

Scopings Dates Regions Covered
Funders/partners Workshop 7 October, 2022 Global
Monthly Funders/interested organizations meeting 15 February, 2023

13 March, 2023

Global 
Belmont Forum Members engagement meetings One-on-one meetings April-May 2023 Global
Scoping Workshop: “Actionable Scientific Research and Information for the Amazonia and Tropical Forests” 19 April 2023 LAC/Global
Scoping Workshop “Amazon and tropical forests and its global implications: Defining priorities for a sustainable future”. An in-person event in Panama during the SRI 2023 28 June 2023 LAC/Global
Informative hybrid session at SRI 2023  29 June 2023 LAC/Global
Scoping workshop “Engaging local actors from the Amazon with particular focus on indigenous peoples and local communities”. 

In-person event Co-hosted in Leticia, Colombia by the SINCHI Institute, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute and the XIV SALSA Bienal Conference 

28-29 July 2023 LAC/Global

Leticia, Colombia

Update on Belmont CRAs relevant for the Americas at AmeriGEO Week. A hybrid event at AmeriGEO Week in Costa Rica. August 2023 LAC/Global
Scoping workshop for Asia at the SRI2023 Asia Satellite Event

 Co-hosted by National Science Foundation China and Future Earth 

Jul 12, 2023 Asia/Global
Scoping workshop for Africa

Co-hosted by the Congo Biotropical Institute, the https://anr.fr, and Future Earth Africa Hub

October 10, 2023 Africa/Global
Capacity Building activity TBD  TBD


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Future Leaders


Approved to Launch in 2024
Lead BF Member:
NSF


Brief Summary:

A different type of scientist is needed to lead team-based, trans-disciplinary science and innovation in the 21st century. The speed and magnitude of GEC demands that tomorrow’s science leaders, experts and practitioners be well-trained in their technical skills, and yet they will also need to be nimble and fluent across science disciplines, with collaborative leadership skills, and communication skills. This proposed Belmont Forum Program would invest in recruiting, training and networking our next-generation of scientists that better represent humanity & will give our science more legitimacy across communities.

Scoping activities:

Scopings Dates Regions Covered
Funders Scopings 8 December, 2021 Global
Expert Scopings June 2021

5 October, 2021

Global (SRI)

Global

Fellows Scoping 13 June 2023 Global
What does Leadership Look Like Panel (scoping-light) SRI, June 2023 Global (SRI)
Expert Scoping July 2023, TBA Global

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Pathways II


Approved for Scoping:
2022
Lead BF Member:
NSF
Estimated launch timeframe: TBD

Brief Summary:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were unanimously adopted by all member states of the United Nations in September 2015 (UN GA 2015).  These goals encompass a broad range of economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and set specific targets for implementation of these ambitious goals.  If the timeframe set by the UN to achieve these ambitious goals by 2030 is to be realized, there will need to be unrivaled international collaboration over the next fifteen years within the political, scientific, and civil societal realms.  Furthermore, if humanity is to meet these goals, then clear targets and pathways to achieve these goals within a sustainable Earth system must be identified.  The targets and pathways must account for critical drivers of human capacity, demographic changes, opportunities for technological innovation and diffusion, sound institutions and transformative governance capabilities, sustainable diets, and other critical socio-economic developments. 

Although substantial progress has been made on how to achieve specific goals, we currently lack a truly integrated, comprehensive qualitative and quantitative understanding of sustainable development pathways that account for the inter-linkages between the economy, technology, institutions, environment, climate, and human development and that are anchored within the constraints of a sustainable Earth system.  To help provide a science base for achieving the SDG’s, we need research that focuses on integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop Earth system-based targets and transformation pathways for sustainable development.  International, transdisciplinary research that brings together natural and social scientists, modelers, governance experts and stakeholders from around the world is necessary to create sustainable development pathways to achieve the SDGs through integrated systems approaches.  Effective and sustainable development pathways must address multiple SDGs while being cognizant of the synergies and trade-offs between potential pathways and different SDGs.

 

Scoping activities:

Scopings Dates Regions Covered
Funders Scopings 29 March, 2022 Global
Expert Scopings 24 May, 2022

5 October, 2021

Europe/Africa/Asia

Europe/Africa/Americas

Scoping w/Pathways I participants SRI, June 2023

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Africa Regional


Approved to Launch in 2024
Lead BF Member:
NRF


Brief Summary:

This call aims to bring together international, transdisciplinary research teams led by African scientists and stakeholders to address the priorities and needs that they have identified. The goal is to support integrative, qualitative and quantitative analyses and the employment of systems-based methodological approaches, where African capacities fall short. Because of the strong connectivity between public and private sector already present in the African scientific enterprise, this African Regional Call will allow the Forum to engage with players across the African private sector, philanthropic and deep impact investment leads, public sector stakeholders, and international partners interested in supporting an African Regional Call for proposals.

Scoping activities:

Scopings Dates Regions Covered
Funders Scopings 31 August 2022

TBD

Global
Expert Scopings 20 October 2022

8 December 2022 (@WSF)

June 2023 (@SRI Africa Satellite Event)

Early Fall 2023

Europe/Africa/Asia Americas/Europe/Africa

Africa/International

International

Europe/Africa/Asia Americas/Europe/Africa

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Environmental Peacebuilding


Approved for Scoping: 2022
Lead BF Member:
to be confirmed
Presented by: Future Earth

Estimated launch timeframe: Scoping ongoing until October 2024, Launch Spring 2025 at the Climate Diplomacy at The Hague in February

Brief Summary:

Increasing populations, uneven distributions of resources (natural, built, technical, informational), and misaligned governance instruments and  institutions can create stresses that lead to conflict or increase the vulnerability of communities to disasters.  Environmental peacebuilding (EP) focuses on this nexus of society, environment, and security to co-develop options, informed decisions, and efficient governance to lower or eliminate the potential for conflict and support healthy, resilient communities.  

Scoping activities:

Scopings Dates Regions Covered
Funders & Experts Scoping June 26, 2023 11 – 12:30 GMT-5 Global (SRI) online

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Driving Urban Transitions


Approved for Scoping: 2022
Lead BF Member:
TBD
Presented by: Driving Urban Transitions Partnership
(DUT Partnership)
Estimated launch timeframe:
Annual DUT calls in partnership with DUT Partnership
Brief Summary:

Scoping activities:

Scopings Dates Regions Covered
AGORA Strategic Dialogue #1  16 February 2023 (09.00-12.00 UTC) 10:00-13:00 Brussels;
11:00-14.00 Cape Town
AGORA Strategic Dialogue #2 20 February 2023 (17:00-20:00 UTC)  

09.00-12.00 Seattle;
13.00-16.00 Sao Paulo

AGORA Strategic Dialogue #3 22 February 2023 (7:00-10:00 UTC)  

08.00-11.00 Berlin;
12.00-15.00 Delhi;
14.00-17.00 Beijing;
15.00-19.00 Tokyo

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Vulnerability and Resilience Management for socio-environmental systems in exposed territories


Approved for Scoping: BF Members Meeting June 2023
Lead BF Member:
ANR/AllEnvi/NTSC
Estimated launch timeframe: April 2025

Brief Summary:

Within the current context of increasing environmental risks, scientists and disaster experts have been working together for decades around communities such as the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). The need is now to go one step further to better integrate the complexity of socio-environmental systems, so as to define, formalize and implement a holistic risk science. This integration implies the theoretical roadmap of sustainability science, namely a trans-disciplinary approach that sums up knowledge and involves all concerned parties in the definition of adequate risk management solutions, but requires specific knowledge gaps to be addressed urgently. Taking inspiration from the current pandemic crisis, this CRA aims at defining and promoting “new” risks management concepts that better accounts for global change and the transformations of the relations between societies and nature. Within this holistic approach that expands the research conducted so far within the DR3 Collaborative Research Action of the Belmont Forum, this proposed CRA investigates the links between the vulnerability of socio-environmental systems in exposed territories and their capacity to converge to a resilient future. Expected outcomes include risk science developments in line with a sustainability science perspective, co-production of knowledge from the different disciplines, their implementation on highly vulnerable territories for informed governance, and the rise of a new generation of scientists and stakeholders able to better cope for ever-rising environmental risks.

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Ocean 2


Approved for Scoping: BF Administrative Plenary November 2023
Lead BF Member:
AllEnvi/ANF
Estimated launch timeframe: June 2025

Brief Summary:

The Ocean has a central role (IPCC 2019). It covers over 70% of the surface of the planet and account for over 90% of the habitable volume for the living world. Billions of people around the world depend on marine and coastal biodiversity – from genetic to seascape levels – for the services it provides. As one of the most important carbon stocks on Earth, and given feedback loops, the ocean also plays a major role as climate regulator. Ecosystems, species and their ecology are not all known, while their natural dynamics are essential for preserving the Earth system and nature benefits to people. Anthropogenic activity has considerably modified the composition, structure and functioning of all the planet’s ecosystems, particularly at sea and on the coast. The increased demand on the Ocean had been summarized as being the “Blue acceleration” (Jouffray et al 2020). Many human practices generate pressures that threaten the marine environment and life, and its ability to sustain further human activities. The Ipbes has identified five direct drivers on biodiversity: the overexploitation of resources on sea, climate change, pollution, invasive alien species and the modification of the use of sea notably though its artificialization (Bugnot et al 2021). Within this context, this CRA would support scientific research and societal action on marine biodiversity and socio-ecosystems relying on oceans through the use of exploratory scenarii, as to mitigate and adapt to global environmental change, and achieve well-living by 2050.

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Antarctic Marine Protected Areas


Approved for Scoping: BF Administrative Plenary November 2023
Lead BF Member:
NSF
Estimated launch timeframe: 2025

Brief Summary:

This collaborative research action would focus on developing coordinated research for marine protected areas using the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (RSMPA) as a case study. The RSMPA is the world’s largest marine protected area encompassing 2.06 million km2, of which 1.55 million km2 is highly protected. This is 1.5 times greater than the largest national park on land. It protects important habitats and foraging areas for marine mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates, including iconic species in the region such as Weddell seals, killer whales, and emperor penguins.
The RSMPA entered into force on 1 December 2017 through unanimous support by the 27-member member Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in October 2016. The RSMPA policies seek to balance environmental protection, sustainable fishing, and science interests through monitoring and assessment.
Despite being well studied, including some time series going back >180 years (Ainley et al. 2010), many research and data gaps still exist. Filling these gaps could lead to achieving the 11 specific objectives of the RSMPA specifically linked to ecosystem structure and function as well as studying and separating the effects of environmental change and fishing (CCAMLR 2016).
Results from the research supported by this CRA would have a direct link to international policy and decision-making and could serve as a model to coordinate research for MPAs across the globe.

 

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