The Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) was convened by a partnership of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Royal Society, and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). The project was launched in March 2010 in response to the 2009 Royal Society report Geoengineering the Climate. This report concluded that geoengineering is not an alternative to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, but might be the only option to rapidly reduce rising global temperatures. The report also emphasized the importance of good governance and the need for international partners to work together on these issues, motivating the formation of SRMGI.
SRMGI activities to date have included:
- The establishment of an expert working group and a large network of stakeholder partner organisations
- The first SRMGI conference, held in March 2011 at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre in the UK
- The publication of the SRMGI report in December 2011
- Meetings with international stakeholders in Pakistan, India, China and Senegal, South Africa, and Ethiopia.
- Publication of Governance of Research on Solar Geoengineering: African Perspectives in October 2013.
"Serious consideration for the regulatory arrangements of geoengineering needs to start now, not once highly disruptive climate change is under way."
UK Parliament response to a House of Commons report on geoengineering