Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

Coordinates: 34°41′54″N 135°12′56″E / 34.698380°N 135.215418°E / 34.698380; 135.215418
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Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
FoundedMarch 1996 (1996-03)
FocusGlobal change research, capacity development
  • Kobe, Japan
Coordinates34°41′54″N 135°12′56″E / 34.698380°N 135.215418°E / 34.698380; 135.215418
Area served
Asia-Pacific region
MethodProject grants, meetings and workshops, training
22 countries

The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) is an intergovernmental network that promotes policy-oriented research and capacity-building activities related to global change in the region.[1] APN receives financial contribution from the governments of the United States, Japan, Republic of Korea and New Zealand, with in-kind contribution from all it 22 member countries. The APN Secretariat is based in Kobe, Japan, hosted by the Hyogo Prefectural Government.[2]


The history of APN dates back to the 1990 White House Conference on Science and Economics Research Related to Global Change, 17–18 April 1990, at which then US President George Bush invited countries of the world to join the United States in creating regional networks for North-South scientific cooperation at the intergovernmental level to deal with global environmental change research.[3] Later in 1992, President Bush and then Prime Minister of Japan Kiichi Miyazawa signed the 1992 US-Japan Global Partnership Agreement, which, among other things, reaffirmed and strengthened Japan-US commitment to global change research.[4]

Discussions along these lines ultimately resulted in the establishment of three global change research networks: ENRICH for Europe and Africa, APN for Asia and the Pacific, and IAI for the Americas.[5]

APN was formally launched in 1996 at its first intergovernmental meeting held at Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 1997, a competitive process was in place, open to funding applications for scientific research projects relating to global environmental change.


Starting from 12 countries in 1996, APN membership has grown to 22 as of April 2013. In addition to the 22 full members, institutions and individuals from a number of “approved countries” are eligible for APN funding.

APN member countries[edit]

Country APN Subregion
Australia Oceania and Pacific
Bangladesh South Asia
Bhutan South Asia
Cambodia South East Asia
China Temperate East Asia
Fiji Oceania and Pacific
India South Asia
Indonesia South East Asia
Japan Temperate East Asia
Lao People’s Democratic Republic South East Asia
Malaysia South East Asia
Mongolia Temperate East Asia
Nepal South Asia
New Zealand Oceania and Pacific
Pakistan South Asia
Philippines South East Asia
Republic of Korea Temperate East Asia
Russian Federation Temperate East Asia
Sri Lanka South Asia
Thailand South East Asia
United States of America Oceania and Pacific
Viet Nam South East Asia

APN approved countries[edit]


  1. ^ APN. “APN E-Lib | Proceedings of the 5th SPG Meeting (2000 Islamabad Pakistan).” Accessed August 12, 2013. Archived 2020-08-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ APN. “APN Overview.” Accessed August 12, 2013. Archived 2018-09-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Bush, George. “George Bush: Remarks at the Opening Session of the White House Conference on Science and Economics Research Related to Global Change,” April 17, 1990.
  4. ^ USDS and MFA. “1992 Tokyo Declaration on the Japan-U.S. Global Partnership and Its Action Plan,” January 9, 1992. Archived 2013-02-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Fellous, J.-L. and M. Hœpffner. “Global Change Research Networks: The Example of MEDIAS.” Advances in Space Research 17 no. 8 (January 1996): 11–16. doi:10.1016/0273-1177(95)00654-W.

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