A world of high quality scientific knowledge at the service of the regions


TASK gathers multiple high scientific expertise sources on climate, ecology, sociology and economy in the framework of global change. Some of its members are:

IRD (Institute of Research for Development: ex ORSTOM), a French public entity whose mission is to assist developing countries in their quest for economic and social development, through the three following tasks: scientific research in partnership, coaching and training senior academics andconsultancy and expertise. Present in 42 countries with 58 research units, IRD pays particular attention to interdisciplinary approaches to resource management and the interaction between ecology and society.

ISE (University of Geneva’s Institute of Environmental Sciences) gathers a world-class of natural and social scientists dedicated to research, teaching, capacitybuilding and policy design to understand complex interdependencies between cities and global environmental challenges.

UNEP (United Nation Environmental Programme) is mandated with providing leadership and encouraging environmental partnerships. It is also a source of policies and information for states and communities.

GIS (Climate, Environment, Society) is a research consortium established by the French government. It aims at supporting research on climate change and its repercussions on society and the environment. It relies on the research capacity of 16 laboratories in Paris and its neighbourhoods.

ARUC-DCC (Community University Research Alliance Coastal Community Challenges) is an initiative rooted in the estuary and gulf of St Laurence, to promote alliances between community organisations, non-governmental organisations, municipalities, public agencies and postsecondary institutions around environmental issues, particularly adaptation to climate change.

CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre) promotes rural poverty reduction as well as competitive and sustainable agricultural and natural resources management, through higher education, research and technical cooperation.

UCAD (University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar Sénégal). With 60,000 students, this academy is the most important in West-Africa. Five of its seven Masters’ degrees are linked to environmental matters. The University also participates in the national plan of biodiversity protection biodiversity and in multiple activities on environmental research.

UQAR (Université du Québec à Rimouski) is part of Québec’s Universities Network, which brings together the resources of ten universities, advanced training academies and research institutes throughout Quebec. Its training activities in marine sciences (oceanography, maritime resource management) are particularly noteworthy.

UVSQ (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en- Yvelines) A 19,000 student-strong French public university, it is located in the department of Yvelines and since 2002, in Hauts-de-Seine as well. It provides training on social and political science, engineering, technology and medicine. It also imparts courses on the relationship between the economy, ethics, natural environment and sustainable development..

R20 (Regions of Climate Action) is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other global leaders, in cooperation with the United Nations. The R20 is a coalition of partners led by regional governments that work to promote and implement projects designed to produce local economic and environmental benefits in the form of reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; strong local economies; improved public health; and new green jobs.