IGCI has assembled an excellent team of climate change and risk assessment experts with projects in over 60 countries. Our experience includes iconic projects in China, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States. Six members of the extended team (Staff, Associates, and Science Advisors) were part of the large team named as part of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Nobel Peace Prize award in 2007 and, as such, represent the solid scientific underpinning of the IGCI experience in training and climate and risk assessment data products, software and associated services.
CLIMsystems (commercial side of IGCI) is also a registered member of CTCN (Climate Technology Centre & Network). The CTCN is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). IGCI/CLIMsystems staff are accredited members of the New Zealand contingent participating with the global community in establishing ISO/TC 207/SC 7/ that is responsible for developing standards to manage and mitigate GHG emissions and to adapt to the effects of climate change.
IGCI maintains an impressive list of international associates and a scientific advisory panel Chaired by Emeritus Professor Tom Wigley of the University of Adelaide and NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado). IGCI has extensive networks across the United States, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific.
Training and capacity building are critical activities undertaken by staff and associates of IGCI. From initial workshops in Africa and Europe the team members have been integral to the design of training course and materials and delivery in Peru, Myanmar, across many Pacific Island countries, the United States, Viet Nam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and China. Much of the training and capacity building has been supported by the international aid community, including UNDP, ADB, the World Bank, GIZ, NZAid, AusAid, and UNEP. A university-level curriculum has also been developed and extended to universities in Australia and Tajikistan and IGCI climate risk assessment software is used in universities around the world.
IGCI promotes sustainable urban and rural development that is environmentally and socially responsible. We focus on issues driven by global environmental change with an emphasis on climate and related changes in its many forms. We encourage action and engage with like-minded groups and individuals that strive to build a better world for all.
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