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Research Coordination

The Center for Coordination, Promotion and Communication (CCPC) has thus far been responsible for the research, infrastructure, coordination, and management that concern the institute as a whole. As of April 2013, the CCPC is divided into two centers, namely the Center for Research Development (CRD) and the Center for Research Promotion (CRP).

The Center for Research Development (CRD) consists of three units. The Planning Unit is chiefly responsible for establishing RIHN’s long term vision and organizing fundamental committees, including project evaluation and personnel affairs. The Initiative Framework Unit serves as a cross-cutting mechanism to capture and synthesize key contributions of domain-based research projects and develop new research projects for RIHN’s Futurability Initiatives. The Collaboration Nexus Unit facilitates the internal and external research networks. Its efforts are most recently manifest in the formation of the Global Environmental Change-Japan network.

The Center for Research Promotion (CRP) is also divided into three units. The Survey and Analysis Unit develops and maintains the laboratory facilities necessary for research and fieldwork (see page 52). The Informatics Unit builds the databases and archives supporting ongoing research. Finally, the Communication and Production Unit determines how communication regarding RIHN research, processes and outcomes should be established with academic, public and user-specific communities.



With support from the National Institute for the Humanities’ Center for the Promotion of Area Studies, RIHN maintains the Research Initiative for Chinese Environmental Issues, a key node for promoting environmental studies on China and networking scholars concerned with environmental issues there. A RIHN-China Newsletter is published in Japanese and Chinese. RIHN-China also supports a series of symposia, held in both China and Japan, on critical environmental topics in China and East Asia. In 2012-13, among other activities, RIHN-China scholars participated in a workshop at East China Normal University and attended the 3rd Lecture on Global Environmental Studies at Peking University. We are pleased to announce the signing of Memoranda of Understanding with both institutions.

The International Symposium on “The Past, Present and Future of Lakes” in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in January 2013

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The signing ceremony for the RIHN MOU with East China Normal University in January 2013

RIHN-China News Letter No.19.



GEC-Japan is a networking platform created in 2011 to facilitate and promote institutional and research collaboration among Japanese and international representatives of the four Global Environmental Change Programs: the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP), DIVERSITAS, the International Geosphere- Biosphere Program (IGBP), and the World Climate Research Program (WCRP).

As the landscape of international environmental research is changing rapidly, RIHN actively consults with key actors and institutions in order to ensure that, while retaining its specifi c qualities, RIHN’s research and institutional trajectory are broadly consistent with international currents and priorities. To this end RIHN hosted the 5th meeting of the Belmont Forum in January 2012, and many RIHN researchers attended the Planet Under Pressure conference in March 2012. The GEC-Japan platform is to support and promote dialogue among scholars interested in global change issues and transdisciplinary actions in Asia

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