Bringing together a strong network of institutions and researchers to work on climate change research

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program has strong links with a number of national and international partners. The program coordinates research projects with partners across the globe in a collaborative and multidisciplinary manner.

Examples of our partners with whom we have strong ties

  • The University of South Pacific
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
  • Melanesian Spearhead Group
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21
  • Woods Hole Research Center
  • International Conservation Fund of Canada
  • Forests Alive
  • WILD Foundation
  • Australian Rainforest Conservation Society
  • Frankfurt Zoological Society
  • Geos Institute
  • Wild Europe
  • Partnership for Policy Integrity
  • Sukachev Institute of Forest
  • National Institute of Aerospace
  • Conservation North
  • Conservation Biology Institute
  • Atlas of Living Australia
  • Stellenbosh University
  • University of Cape Town
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

In May 2018 Griffith University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of the South Pacific. The MoU was signed by Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the South Pacific and counter signed by Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice-Chancellor and President of Griffith University. Mr Daniel Ware and Dr Ed Morgan, from the Griffith Climate Change Response Program visited the Emalus campus on 11 May 2018 to discuss opportunities and it was agreed that the University of South Pacific will be part of their upcoming research studies in the Pacific and student exchange program.

SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME

In 2014 Griffith University signed a MoU with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) opening the door to innovative projects and research in climate change information management.

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program is working with SPREP on a number of projects including the Pacific Climate Change Information Management project and the Ecosystem and Socio-economic Resilience and Mapping project.

(Photo - Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O'Connor and Dr Netatua Pelesikoti at SPREP MoU signing)

THE MELANESIAN SPEARHEAD GROUP

Griffith University and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat broke new ground with the signing of a MoU in 2014. The MoU consolidates a framework for long-term collaboration and partnership between the organisations around climate change. Professor Brendan Mackey, Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, initiated the collaboration as part of the program’s strategic engagement in Asia-Pacific.

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program has worked closely with MSG in strengthening climate change expertise and capacity in Melanesia, including providing assistance in developing a "MSG Framework for Action on Environment, Climate Change & Sustainable Development 2025".

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program also contributes technical assistance to the Sustainable Development Group of the Secretariat which is working on primary forest protection and supporting livelihood-orientated community development.

(Photo - Mr Peter Forau, Director General, MSG and Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O'Connor at MoU signing)

INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE

In 2013 Griffith University and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, Pacific Regional Office) signed a MoU to promote strategic partnerships in the region. The MoU provides a solid platform for ongoing collaborative research projects, capacity building, and increase Griffith’s profile in the region as a desirable destination for post-graduate studies.  Professor Brendan Mackey, Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, initiated the collaboration as part of the program’s strategic engagement in Asia-Pacific.

(Photo - Professor Brendan Mackey and the Director of IUCN Oceania, Taholo Kami)

ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE FOR CHINA'S AGENDA 21

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program has been working with the Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21 (ACCA21) since 2012 when a MoU to promote research collaboration, researcher exchange, and knowledge sharing, was signed between Griffith University and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, ACCA21. The mission of ACCA21 is to promote the implementation of China’s Agenda 21 and sustainable development in China and, among other things, to develop a network of institutions and experts at home and abroad in the field of sustainable development strategy, science and technology policy, climate change and global environment.

(Photo - The 1st China-Australia Leadership Dialogue for Climate Change Adaptation held in Beijing in 2012)

    WOODS HOLE RESEARCH CENTER

    The Woods Hole Research Center assesses threats to a safe climate and works with individuals, communities, governments, and NGOs to identify and implement opportunities to stabilize the global and regional climate. It is based in Massachusetts in the USA.

    The Woods Hole Research Center is the lead partner with Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change research project and the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION FUND OF CANADA

    The International Conservation Fund of Canada is Canada's leading charity for conserving nature in the tropics and other priority areas worldwide.

    The International Conservation Fund of Canada is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    FORESTS ALIVE

    Forests Alive is a consultant and project developer for forest protection projects that deliver verified carbon and biodiversity benefits.

    Forests Alive is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    WILD FOUNDATION

    The WILD Foundation is based in Colorado, USA, and protects wilderness while meeting the needs of human communities, working across cultures and boundaries by collaborating  with local peoples, organizations, the private sector, and governments to create dynamic practical projects, inspiring solutions and communications initiatives.

    WILD is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    AUSTRALIAN RAINFOREST CONSERVATION SOCIETY

    The Australian Rainforest Conservation Society is an Australian incorporated environmental NGO with expertise in international forest policy, especially concerning biodiversity and forest carbon.

    The Australian Rainforest Conservation Society is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Tropical Primary Forests and Climate Change research project and the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    FRANKFURT ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

    The Frankfurt Zoological Society is an international conservation organisation based in Frankfurt in Germany. It is committed to preserving wildlands and biological diversity in the last remaining wilderness areas on the planet. The Frankfurt Zoological Society is active in biodiversity-rich areas in central and eastern Europe, in east Africa, in central South America and in south-east Asia.

    The Frankfurt Zoological Society is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    GEOS INSTITUTE

    The Geos Institute is a non-profit organisation comprised of a team of scientists, facilitators, and process innovators specialising in conservation, forests and climate change at national and global scales. The Geos Institute is based in Oregon in the US.

    The Geos Institute  is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    WILD EUROPE

    Wild Europe promotes a coordinated strategy for protection and restoration of of wilderness and large wild areas of natural process and habitat, addressing the threats and opportunities facing them.

    Wild Europe is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    PARTNERSHIP FOR POLICY INTEGRITY

    The Partnership for Policy Integrity uses science, legal action, and strategic communications to promote sound energy policy and to help citizens enact science-based policies that protect air, water, ecosystems, and the climate.  The Partnership for Policy Integrity current work focuses on biomass energy, and oil and gas extraction.

    The Partnership for Policy Integrity is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    THE SUKACHEV INSTITUTE OF FOREST

    The Institute of Forest of the Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in 1944 and is the first academic institution of a forest profile in Russia. The Sukachev Institute of Forest has more than 10 field stations in different landscape zones of Siberia and takes part in implementing the state scientific programs including - "The Russian forest", "Ecological safety of Russia" and "Global changes of environment and climate".

    The Sukachev Institute for Forest is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AEROSPACE

    The National Institute of Aerospace is a non-profit research and graduate education institute created to conduct leading-edge aerospace and atmospheric research. It is based in the US.

    The National Institute of Aerospace is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    CONSERVATION NORTH

    Conservation North is a volunteer-run collective based in Prince George, British Columbia (BC), traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh. They support and advocate for the protection of wild plants, animals and their habitats in northern BC. The membership of Conservation North consists primarily of British Columbians and environmental professionals who support the protection and conservation of natural communities.

    Conservation North is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    CONSERVATION BIOLOGY INSTITUTE

    Conservation Biology Institute provides scientific expertise to support the conservation and recovery of biological diversity in its natural state through applied research, education, planning, and community service.

    Conservation Biology Institute is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Boreal and Temperate Primary Forests and Climate Change research project.

    ATLAS OF LIVING AUSTRALIA

    The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online.

    The Atlas of Living Australia is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory.

    STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

    Stellenbosch University is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions and has the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African universities and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been rated by the National Research Foundation.

    Stellenbosch University is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Whales in a Changing Climate research project.

    UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

    The University of Cape Town (UCT) aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and our distinct vantage point in Africa, UCT is committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds and protecting and encouraging 'curiosity-driven research' and research that has a real impact on our communities and environment.

    UCT is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Whales in a Changing Climate research project.

    CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

    The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa. An internationally acclaimed institution, it is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region.

    The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is working with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program on the Whales in a Changing Climate research project.

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