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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Australia's report to the UNCSD - 1996

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1996
ISBN 0 6422 4868 0

Case Study - Atmosphere

Global change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems: capacity building in developing countries

As part of its program of development cooperation with South-East Asia, AusAID, in conjunction with the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) Core Project of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program and CSIRO, is providing almost $2.6 million over three years for the Global Change Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystems: Capacity Building in Developing Countries Project. Additional in-kind support is being provided by the South-East Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP) and the Government of Indonesia.

This project will establish and operate a Global Change Impacts Centre in Bogor, Indonesia, to serve as a resource base of scientific expertise on the effects of global change on terrestrial ecosystems in South-East Asia. It will collect and analyse data, prepare a number of national and regional studies on global change impacts, provide training in analytical techniques and assist scientific staff engaged on impact analysis to prepare advice for policy makers in South-East Asian countries. The project will assist these countries to build their own capacity to analyse, interpret and predict global change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, including agriculture and production forestry systems and nature reserve systems. The work of the centre will be guided closely by the policy needs of participating countries.

The centre will establish and encourage linkages between scientific staff in all countries in the South-East Asia region and Australia, and the scientific community throughout the world.

The Bogor centre will be the first of a global set of centres. Its experiences and expertise will provide the basis to extend the GCTE impacts programme to other regions of the developing world.

Local scientific, technical and administrative personnel will staff the centre, with staff from the GCTE Core Project Office assisting in the centre's development. GCTE staff will also provide scientific advice and conduct training for scientists at the centre, in Australia, and in other countries in the region.