The Belmont Forum, created in 2009, is a high level group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. It was primarily created with an aim to identify study and deliver international environmental research priorities, for the society, in an accelerated way through transnational research collaboration and alignment of international resources. The Belmont forum has major funding agencies from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, European Commission, France, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, South Africa, UK, and USA as its members.Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) represents India as a member of the Belmont Forum.
The Belmont Forum has joined together with International Council for Science (ICSU), International Social Science Council (ISSC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) and United Nations University (UNU) to develop a 10-year initiative with an aim to integrate the existing knowledge and improve the understanding of the impacts, vulnerabilities and risks of environmental change through development of joint projects among member countries. For this the Belmont forum member countries have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and identified a few Collaborative Research Action (CRA) points which will provide opportunities for the international research community to add value to their existing investments, by developing transnational projects. Following Cabinet approval, MoES also signed the MoU with the Belmont Forum member countries on 27th February 2013, to support Indian Scientists for international collaborative research through joint calls in the area of global environmental change and extreme hazardous events.Two CRA on Freshwater Security and Coastal Vulnerability were taken up in 2012; while CRA on Food Security and e-infrastructure will be considered during 2013.
Details on the Belmont Forum can be seen at http://igfagcr.org/index.php/belmont-forum
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