Future Opportunities

Tropical Forests: Global Implications and Pressing Actions (FORESTS 2024)

Approved to Launch in November, 2023
Estimated launch time frame: June 2024
Lead BF Member:

Brief Summary:

This CRA addresses tropical forests around the world, to recognize pressing challenges and opportunities to meet the targets under the Sustainable Development Goals and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
The main pressing challenges for tropical forests, especially in the Global South, identified by local and regional actors include deforestation, sustainable development through locally-led economies, ecosystem functions and connectivity, climate change, ecological connectivity, biodiversity and ecosystem loss, unregulated agroindustry, illegal wildlife trade, pollution, human health, risk of disasters, resilience, environmental justice and governance, and connections of the Tropical Forests, and the destruction of indigenous peoples and local communities’ livelihoods whose survival depends on the local ecosystem under threat.
From October 2022 to December 2023, a comprehensive and transdisciplinary scoping process took place in the regions around the world where the tropical forests are located in virtual and in-person formats. The call for proposals is at the first draft stage and will be refined until its launch.

Scoping activities:

Scopings Dates Regions Covered
Funders/partners Workshop 7 October, 2022 Global
Monthly Funders/interested organizations meeting 15 February, 202313 March, 2023 Global 
Belmont Forum Members engagement meetings One-on-one meetings April-May 2023 Global
Scoping Workshop: “Actionable Scientific Research and Information for the Amazonia and Tropical Forests” 19 April 2023 LAC/Global
Scoping Workshop “Amazon and tropical forests and its global implications: Defining priorities for a sustainable future”. An in-person event in Panama during the SRI 2023 28 June 2023 LAC/Global
Informative hybrid session at SRI 2023  29 June 2023 LAC/Global
Scoping workshop “Engaging local actors from the Amazon with particular focus on indigenous peoples and local communities”. In-person event Co-hosted in Leticia, Colombia by the SINCHI Institute, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute and the XIV SALSA Bienal Conference  28-29 July 2023 LAC/GlobalLeticia, Colombia
Update on Belmont CRAs relevant for the Americas at AmeriGEO Week. A hybrid event at AmeriGEO Week in Costa Rica. August 2023 LAC/Global
Scoping workshop for Asia at the SRI2023 Asia Satellite Event Co-hosted by National Science Foundation China and Future Earth  Jul 12, 2023 Asia/Global
Scoping workshop for AfricaCo-hosted by the Congo Biotropical Institute, the https://anr.fr, and Future Earth Africa Hub October 10, 2023 Africa/Global
Capacity Building activity TBD  TBD

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Future Leaders

Approved to Launch in 2024
Lead BF Member:

Brief Summary:

A different type of scientist is needed to lead team-based, trans-disciplinary science and innovation in the 21st century. The speed and magnitude of GEC demands that tomorrow’s science leaders, experts and practitioners be well-trained in their technical skills, and yet they will also need to be nimble and fluent across science disciplines, with collaborative leadership skills, and communication skills. This proposed Belmont Forum Program would invest in recruiting, training and networking our next-generation of scientists that better represent humanity & will give our science more legitimacy across communities.

Scoping activities:

Scopings Dates Regions Covered
Funders Scopings 8 December, 2021 Global
Expert Scopings June 20215 October, 2021 Global (SRI)Global
Fellows Scoping 13 June 2023 Global
What does Leadership Look Like Panel (scoping-light) SRI, June 2023 Global (SRI)
Expert Scoping July 2023, TBA Global

*Get involved *in the co-production of the Advancing Leadership Program! The Advancing Leadership Program will be co-designed with our community to connect and catalyze the next-generation of global transdisciplinary science leaders across disciplines, generations, career levels, geographies and cultures. The workshop SRI in Helsinki will kick start these efforts and exploration, and pave the way for a ‘world tour’ of workshops that will engage even more global stakeholders in the design process… and, of course, the final program itself. *If you are interested in learning more and participating in a workshop please fill out this registration form bit.ly/3JRgLtz

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Pathways 2

Approved for Scoping:
Lead BF Member:
Estimated launch timeframe: TBD

Brief Summary:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were unanimously adopted by all member states of the United Nations in September 2015 (UN GA 2015).  These goals encompass a broad range of economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and set specific targets for implementation of these ambitious goals.  If the timeframe set by the UN to achieve these ambitious goals by 2030 is to be realized, there will need to be unrivaled international collaboration over the next fifteen years within the political, scientific, and civil societal realms.  Furthermore, if humanity is to meet these goals, then clear targets and pathways to achieve these goals within a sustainable Earth system must be identified.  The targets and pathways must account for critical drivers of human capacity, demographic changes, opportunities for technological innovation and diffusion, sound institutions and transformative governance capabilities, sustainable diets, and other critical socio-economic developments. 

Although substantial progress has been made on how to achieve specific goals, we currently lack a truly integrated, comprehensive qualitative and quantitative understanding of sustainable development pathways that account for the inter-linkages between the economy, technology, institutions, environment, climate, and human development and that are anchored within the constraints of a sustainable Earth system.  To help provide a science base for achieving the SDG’s, we need research that focuses on integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop Earth system-based targets and transformation pathways for sustainable development.  International, transdisciplinary research that brings together natural and social scientists, modelers, governance experts and stakeholders from around the world is necessary to create sustainable development pathways to achieve the SDGs through integrated systems approaches.  Effective and sustainable development pathways must address multiple SDGs while being cognizant of the synergies and trade-offs between potential pathways and different SDGs.


Scoping activities:

Scopings Dates Regions Covered
Funders Scopings 29 March, 2022 Global
Expert Scopings 24 May, 20225 October, 2021 Europe/Africa/AsiaEurope/Africa/Americas
Scoping w/Pathways I participants SRI, June 2023

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Driving Urban Transitions

Approved for Scoping: 2022
Lead BF Member:
Presented by: Driving Urban Transitions Partnership
(DUT Partnership)
Estimated launch timeframe:
Annual DUT calls in partnership with DUT Partnership
Brief Summary:

Scoping activities:

Scopings Dates Regions Covered
AGORA Strategic Dialogue #1  16 February 2023 (09.00-12.00 UTC) 10:00-13:00 Brussels;
11:00-14.00 Cape Town
AGORA Strategic Dialogue #2 20 February 2023 (17:00-20:00 UTC) 09.00-12.00 Seattle;
13.00-16.00 Sao Paulo
AGORA Strategic Dialogue #3 22 February 2023 (7:00-10:00 UTC) 08.00-11.00 Berlin;
12.00-15.00 Delhi;
14.00-17.00 Beijing;
15.00-19.00 Tokyo

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Vulnerability and Resilience Management for socio-environmental systems in exposed territories

Approved for Scoping: BF Members Meeting June 2023
Lead BF Member:
Estimated launch timeframe: April 2025

Brief Summary:

Within the current context of increasing environmental risks, scientists and disaster experts have been working together for decades around communities such as the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). The need is now to go one step further to better integrate the complexity of socio-environmental systems, so as to define, formalize and implement a holistic risk science. This integration implies the theoretical roadmap of sustainability science, namely a trans-disciplinary approach that sums up knowledge and involves all concerned parties in the definition of adequate risk management solutions, but requires specific knowledge gaps to be addressed urgently. Taking inspiration from the current pandemic crisis, this CRA aims at defining and promoting “new” risks management concepts that better accounts for global change and the transformations of the relations between societies and nature. Within this holistic approach that expands the research conducted so far within the DR3 Collaborative Research Action of the Belmont Forum, this proposed CRA investigates the links between the vulnerability of socio-environmental systems in exposed territories and their capacity to converge to a resilient future. Expected outcomes include risk science developments in line with a sustainability science perspective, co-production of knowledge from the different disciplines, their implementation on highly vulnerable territories for informed governance, and the rise of a new generation of scientists and stakeholders able to better cope for ever-rising environmental risks.

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Oceans 2

Approved for Scoping: BF Administrative Plenary November 2023
Lead BF Member:
Estimated launch timeframe: June 2025

Brief Summary:

Covering an expansive 70% of the Earth’s surface, the ocean is a vital part of our planet, playing a fundamental role in sustaining life and fostering a thriving global ecosystem. The ocean’s importance is related to various issues such as climate change, energy, agriculture, health, and sustainable resource management. In this context, the ocean emerges as a central player given that it is a major carbon stock and climate regulator. However, the “Blue acceleration” highlights increasing human pressures on marine ecosystems, threatening their ability to sustain life.

Marine conservation areas are essential components of global efforts to protect and sustainably manage our oceans. These designated areas, often referred to as marine protected areas (MPAs), play a crucial role in safeguarding marine biodiversity, habitats, and ecosystems. By establishing these zones, authorities aim to monitor and mitigate the impact of human activities, such as overfishing and habitat destruction, while providing refuge for endangered species. Data collected from MPAs provides important evidence towards the development of policies that will support biodiversity conservation and sustainability of our marine ecosystems. Within this context, this Collaborative Research Action (CRA) would aim to coordinate international projects with a transdisciplinary approach focused on marine biodiversity and socio-ecosystems relying on oceans to mitigate and adapt to global environmental change and achieve global well-being by 2050.

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