The Regional Centre for Asia is hosted by the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan. Since its foundation in 2001, RIHN has conducted inter- and trans-disciplinary research in search of the ideal interaction of humanity and nature, in addition to academic research spanning the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences, while also considering regional characteristics and historical contexts. RIHN, therefore, feels close affinity with the co-design and co-production approach to research of Future Earth. Tetsuzo Yasunari, the Director-General of RIHN, is a member of Science Committee of the Future Earth.
The Regional Center will provide a conduit for communication between the region and the Secretariat. It will help its Regional Committee for Asia to articulate the priorities for the region. It will also support international meetings with Future Earth.
RIHN will actively advocate for the Future Earth initiative, through networking with regional actors and developing a platform to enhance interactions among research and other communities in the region and between regional and global levels.
RIHN’s activities as the Regional Centre to-date include the following: