Geoscience Engagement in Global Development Frameworks

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Joel C. Gill
Florence Bullough


During 2015, the international community agreed three socio-environmental global development frameworks, the: (i) Sustainable Development Goals, (ii) Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and (iii) Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Each corresponds to important interactions between environmental processes and society. Here we synthesize the role of geoscientists in the delivery of each framework, and explore the meaning of and justification for increased geoscience engagement (active participation). We first demonstrate that geoscience is fundamental to successfully achieving the objectives of each framework. We proceed to characterize four types of geoscience engagement (framework design, promotion, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation), and present examples of engagement within the scope of the geoscience community. In the context of this characterization, we discuss: (i) our ethical responsibility to engage with these frameworks, noting the emphasis on societal cooperation within the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics; and (ii) the need for increased and higher quality engagement, including an improved understanding of the science-policy-practice interface. Facilitating increased engagement is necessary if we are to maximize geoscience’s positive impact on global development.

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Gill, J. C. and Bullough, F. (2017) “Geoscience Engagement in Global Development Frameworks”, Annals of Geophysics, 60. doi: 10.4401/ag-7460.
SPECIAL ISSUE: Geoethics at the heart of all geoscience