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 was created to help promote the good governance of SRM, through both research and outreach.

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


SRMGI seeks to build capacity in understanding cooperation and practical action on Solar Radiation Management (SRM) research, in order to ensure that it is conducted in a manner that is responsible, transparent and environmentally sound. SRMGI engages with a variety of organizations in the natural and social sciences, 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 functioning of the initiative. They invite participants to SRMGI conferences and share responsibility for writing up the output of the meetings and any recommendations, reflecting the breadth and depth 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) works to advance sustainable prosperity in developing countries through research, education, policy and diplomacy. TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel Prize winner. Today, TWAS has some 1,150 elected Fellows from 90 countries; 15 of them are Nobel laureates.

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.


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 and the Environmental Defense Fund.

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