About SRMGI

The Solar Radiation Management Research Governance Initiative (SRMGI) was launched in March 2010 in response to the 2009 Royal Society report Geoengineering the climate.

The report concludes that geoengineering is not an alternative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, it may be seen as the only option to reduce global temperatures quickly, should it be considered necessary.

SRMGI convening partners are the Royal Society, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

Mission

SRMGI seeks to build capacity of understanding cooperation and practical action on SRM research governance, in order to ensure that SRM research is conducted in a manner that is responsible, transparent and environmentally sound.

SRMGI engages with a variety of organizations concerned with natural and social science, governance and legal issues, as well as environmental and development NGOs, the private sector, and civil society organizations from across the globe.

The diversity of participating organizations is intended to include a wide range of viewpoints on geoengineering, recognizing that any governance arrangements for SRM research must enjoy broad legitimacy and support.

About the Convening Partners

The convening partners are responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the initiative. They invite participants to SRMGI conferences and share responsibility for writing up the output of the meeting and any recommendations, to reflect the balance of discussions.

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. We aim to expand the frontiers of knowledge by championing the development and use of science, mathematics, engineering and medicine for the benefit of humanity and the good of the planet.

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is an autonomous international organization, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. It was officially launched by the secretary-general of the United Nations in 1985.

TWAS represents the best of science in developing countries. Its main mission is to promote scientific excellence and capacity in the South for science-based sustainable development.

Environmental Defense Fund is a leading nonprofit organization representing more than 750,000 members. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems.

Funding

SRMGI has received funding from Zennström Philanthropies, the Carbon War Room and the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research (FICER), although the majority of funding for the initiative comes from the Royal Society.

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