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International Human Dimensions Programme

Project Description
The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental
Change (IHDP) was originally launched in 1990 by ISSC as the Human
Dimensions Programme (HDP). The restructured IHDP is a full partner
with the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the World
Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and DIVERSITAS. These GEC programmes
focus on climatic, biogeochemical, socio-economic and biodiversity
processes related to global environmental change. In February 1996,
ICSU joined ISSC as co-sponsor of the IHDP.
IHDP is an international, interdisciplinary, non-governmental social
science programme dedicated to pro-moting and co-ordinating research
aimed at describing, analysing and understanding the human dimensions
of global environmental change. In order to accomplish its goals,
- links researchers, policy-makers and stakeholders,
- promotes synergies among national and regional research committees and
- identifies new research priorities, provides a focus and new
frameworks for interdisciplinary research, and
- facilitates the dissemination of research results.
This strategy is based on a bottom-up approach which builds upon
existing researchers and research results around the world. Particular
emphasis is placed on expanding and strengthening the network of
national human dimensions committees and programmes and on enhancing
the IHDP's capacity to support them.
For more information on the IDHP, see:
For more information on the IGBP, see:
Office of the IHDP
Walter-Flex-Strasse 3
53113 Bonn
Phone: +49-228-739050
Fax: +49-228-739054
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