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Modelling the impacts of climate change: signature of an INRA-IIASA framework agreement
On 4 July 2016 in Paris, INRA and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) signed a framework agreement on research and training aimed at developing their collaboration in modelling the impacts of climate change on agriculture and global food security.
The agreement was signed by François Houllier, President of INRA, and Pavel Kabat, Director General/CEO of IIASA during the meeting of the French Research Alliance on Environmental Research (AllEnvi) on "Climate, Energy and Ecology Transitions for a Sustainable Planet" organised by the CNRS in Paris. Both were opening speakers at the meeting, which was closed by a representative from the Ministry of Ecology and by Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Research and Higher Education.
This agreement offers a framework for the development of partnerships between INRA and IIASA. It will provide INRA with access to the exceptional skills of IIASA and to its modelling and scenario construction tools, mainly in the field of agriculture. INRA is also committed to making its findings available to the IIASA.
Covering a period of five years, the agreement aims to foster mobility by research scientists and engineers between the two organisations, as well as research collaborations in joint projects - whether they be organised in a bilateral, European or international context - and reciprocal access to research infrastructures. This cooperation mainly concerns modelling and the development of scenarios relative to greenhouse gas emissions of agricultural origin, and the impacts of climate change on agriculture, forests and land use.
The two institutes are already collaborating in the context of ten European projects on climate change, global food safety or bioeconomics. Seven of these projects are being organised in the context of FP7 and two under the Horizon 2020 programme; furthermore, within the European joint programming initiative FACCE-JPI, the two partners are working together in the MACSUR knowledge hub which focuses on the modelling of climate change.
What is the IIASA?
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international research institute, based in Vienna, Austria, with 23 member countries. It is recognised worldwide for the excellence and innovative nature of its systems analysis methods, which are designed to inform decision-making by international organisations or governments, mainly with respect to global food safety and climate change. Set up in 1972 by 12 countries, it now counts 400 research scientists of 35 different nationalities who work at its headquarters in Vienna.
an example of a project
Animal Change is a European project coordinated by INRA, in which INRA and the IIASA have been collaborating since 2011. This project was designed to provide, for the first time, a prospective and integrative vision of the future for livestock production that takes account of climate change. It will notably propose systems for the sustainable development of livestock farming in Europe, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and South America.