Future Earth liaison: David Oram
Initially, the Knowledge-Action Network will encourage three streams of inquiry all of which require transdisciplinary research, and the engagement of practitioners. We are open to additional streams to accommodate interests of researchers and stakeholders. The three streams (broadly described to allow for further scoping by participants) are:
1) The interface between the global finance system and global environmental change science (or sustainability science). The interdependencies, risks, relationships, synergies and trade-offs among environmental and economic, financial, social choices.
2) The interface between an increasingly sustainable finance system and the effort to define sustainable economics for sustainable development – including policy measures, metrics such as GDP, and the strategies of global bodies such as the IMF, World Bank, etc.
3) The interface between an increasingly sustainable finance system and the private sector, including sustainable business models, transparency and accounting.
The role of Future Earth within these streams will be to convene traditionally discrete communities, challenge current perspectives and encourage collaboration, to improve what we KNOW and what we DO. Research in Future Earth Global Research Projects on changes of the natural Earth systems provides underpinning for understanding sustainable economic use of the natural resources and service.