Future Earth Australia launches sustainability business plan

Future Earth Australia, the Australian arm of the world's largest international research and development collaboration focused on long term sustainability solutions for the planet, has called for stronger collaboration between Australian researchers and industry partners in key areas including the urban built environment, the marine environment and energy transformation.

Hosted by the Australian Academy of Science, Future Earth Australia is a partnership of Australia’s learned academies, Australian universities, research institutes, industry and government agencies focused on advancing sustainability.

The case for greater collaboration is laid out in Future Earth Australia’s recently launched business plan, a document that outlines as its objective to have at least four collaborative research programs operational by 2022 that will incorporate solutions to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To achieve that, Professor Ian Chubb, former Australian Chief Scientist and current Chair of Future Earth Australia’s Advisory Council, said Australia can be an important element in global research initiatives aimed at ensuring the future of our planet.

“Australia needs to become a part of the international innovation community and it needs to mobilise its comparative advantages in research towards addressing the SDGs,” Professor Chubb said.

Dr Imran Ahmad, Director of Future Earth Australia, said integrated catchment management is a good example where Australian research institutions have come together to provide effective natural resource management solutions customised to local needs.

“Elsewhere however, integrated and collaborative approaches are less prominent. Nationally and internationally, connecting for sustainability still has some way to go, which is where Future Earth Australia comes in,” Dr Ahmad said.

To find out how to become a member of the world’s largest knowledge network dedicated to finding solutions to global sustainability, read Future Earth Australia’s new membership prospectus.

Read Future Earth Australia’s business plan.

Further information is at https://www.science.org.au/supporting-science/future-earth-australia

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