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Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training, IGBP

Project Description
The Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START),
through the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global
Environmental Change (IHDP), the International Geosphere-Biospehere
Program (IGBP), and the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), has
developed the concept of a global system of regional networks of
institutions. The START mission is:
To develop a system of regional networks of collaborating scientists and
- to conduct research on regional aspects of global change
- to assess the causes and impacts of regional global change,
- and to provide relevant information to policy makers and governments
To enhance scientific capacity in developing countries by
strengthening and connecting existing institutions, by training global
change scientists and by providing them with improved and enhanced
access to data, communication technology and research results.
To help mobilize the resources required to augment existing global
change scientific capabilities infrastructure and activities in
developing countries.
START has established a network of Regional Research Networks (RRN),
with affiliated Regional Research Sites (RRS) and at least one
Regional Research Center (RRC).
Direction and oversight for START is provided by the START Scientific
Steering Committee (START-SSC). The START-SSC also serves to provide
an informal forum for discussions between governmental and
non-governmental initiatives.
Members of the START-SSC include scientists associated to its three
sponsoring programmes (IGBP, WCRP, and IHDP) as well as individuals
connected with national, multilateral and intergovernmental
bodies. For example, members of the START-SSC are affiliated with
components of the UN systems, the International Group of Funding
Agencies (IGFA), the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research
(APN), the European Network for Research in Global Change (ENRICH) and
the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).
The development of the various START regional networks is guided by
regional START committees comprised of scientists and representatives
of appropriate national and regional-level bodies. The International
START Secretariat, located in Washington, DC, is responsible for the
implementation and development of START research networks.
International START Secretariat
2000 Florida Avenue, N.W. - Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009 USA
Phone: 202/462-2213
Fax: 202/457-5859
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