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International Global Change Institute


The International Global Change Institute (IGCI) is a separate, financially self-supporting, non-profit research and training centre within the University of Waikato. The IGCI focuses on research into managing environmental change at global, regional, and local scales. The Institute promotes linkages to international programmes, institutions, and funding organisations on matters relating to the human dimensions of global environmental change. In so doing, IGCI serves as a centre for co-ordinating and carrying out research and development projects on global change issues; provides professional training and higher degree programmes (MPhil and PhD) focused on the cross-disciplinary issues of global change; provides policy advice to governments and industry with respect to global change issues affecting them; and translates and communicates knowledge of global change issues for policy, planning and action in New Zealand and internationally.

In focusing on research innovation for managing environmental change, IGCI develops various methods and tools, such as integrated computer models, integrated community assessment, environmental technology assessments, and policy evaluation. These methods and tools are applied to various research topics, such as climate change, coastal change, sustainable development, health and environment, natural hazards, and environmental governance and planning. Outcomes for environmental sustainability are shared with others through various means, such as projects aimed at training of trainers for capacity building and institutional strengthening in developing countries through the IGCI international network of collaborating organisations.

Selected examples of IGCI projects and funding agencies include

  1. organic tea production in Vietnam (Asia Development Assistance Facility, NZAID)
  2. training for sustainable farming in hill-lands of Northern Vietnam (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NZ)
  3. quality of plans, their implementation, and environmental outcomes by councils under the Resource Management Act (Foundation for Research Science and Technology, NZ)
  4. vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in Pacific island countries (Global Environmental Facility-UNDP and World Bank)
  5. global environment outlook for Australia-New Zealand sub-region (United Nations Environment Programme)
  6. environmental research consortium, Bohol, Philippines (Asia Development Assistance Facility, NZAID)
  7. mainstreaming climate change adaptation into policies and practices, Pacific Islands (Asia Development Bank)
  8. mainstreaming of climate issues into policy and planning processes, Environment Bay of Plenty (Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, NZ)

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