About IGES

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) was established in March 1998 under an initiative of the Japanese government and with the support of Kanagawa Prefecture based on the “Charter for the Establishment of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies”. The aim of the Institute is to achieve a new paradigm for civilization and conduct innovative policy development and strategic research for environmental measures, reflecting the results of research into political decisions for realising sustainable development both in the Asia-Pacific region and globally. IGES made the transition to a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation in April 2012.

According to the Charter for the Establishment of the IGES, the Institute will tackle fundamental challenges to human society, which exists thanks to the bounty of the global environment, and to redefine the values and value systems of our present societies that have resulted in the global environmental crisis, in order to create new ways of conducting activities and a new paradigm for civilization. Based on the principles of this new paradigm, new social and economic systems will be built, so that a new era of the global environment can begin. IGES also recognises that the realisation of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region is a vital issue for the international community, as the region is home to more than half of the world's population and is experiencing rapid economic growth. Thus the region plays a critical role in the protection of the global environment.

By recognising these crucial issues, IGES will promote research cooperation with international organisations, governments, local governments, research institutions, business sectors, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and citizens. As well as conducting research, the Institute will share its research results and also host international conferences and study workshops.

Outline

Name of the InstituteThe Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
AcronymIGES
InaugurationApril 1998
PresidentTAKEUCHI Kazuhiko
No. of employees204 (As of 30 June 2023)
Strategic Research: 163
Projects for Public Interest other than Strategic Research: 22
General Administration: 22
Non-Japanese Staff: 53 (Out of total staff)
Location (Headquarters)2108-11, Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115, Japan

History

January 1995Proposal to establish the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (a private consultative body of the Prime Minister)
December 1997Adoption of the Charter for the Establishment of IGES
April 1997Establishment of a preparatory organisation of IGES
April 1998Inauguration of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
September 1999Establishment within IGES of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories
October 1999Establishment of the Kitakyushu Office
June 2001Establishment of the Kansai Research Centre
April 2003IGES was granted Special Consultative Status under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN/ECOSOC)
May 2003Opening of the IGES Bangkok Project Office
April 2004IGES takes on the role of Secretariat for Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
July 2006Opening of the Beijing Office
April 2007Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology (JISE) was merged with IGES
April 2010Kitakyushu Office renamed the Kitakyushu Urban Centre
June 2011Opening of the IGES Regional Centre in Bangkok
April 2012IGES made the transition to a public-interest incorporated foundation
March 2015Establishment of the IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET) at IGES HQ
April 2015Establishment of Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) TSU for the Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific (TSU-AP)
September 2015Establishment of the UNFCCC-IGES Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) in IGES Regional Centre in Bangkok
February 2019Establishment of IPBES TSU for the assessment of invasive alien species (IAS)

Organisational Structure

List of Board members and Auditors (in alphabetical order, as of April 2024)

Trustees

Prof. Xuemei BaiDistinguished Professor, Urban Environment at Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Dr. Matthew Michael McCandlessAssociate Vice-president and Managing Director (Manitoba), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Prof. MIMURA NobuoSpecially Appointed Professor, Global and Local Environment Co-creation Institute(GLEC), Ibaraki University
Dr. Wijarn SimachayaPresident, Thai Environment Institute (TEI)
Mr. SUZUKI MasakiAdvisor, AEON Financial Service Co.,Ltd.
Prof. TAKAMURA YukariProfessor, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), The University of Tokyo
Dr. YOSHITAKA MariFellow, (Sustainability), Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.
Visiting professor, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo 
Part-time lecturer, Graduate school of Media and Governance, Keio University 
Representative Director, Virtue Design

Directors

Prof. TAKEUCHI KazuhikoPresident, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies;
Project Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), The University of Tokyo
Mr. TAKAHASHI YasuoExecutive Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Prof. ISHII NaokoSpecial Presidential Envoy for Global Commons, The University of Tokyo Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives
Director, Center for Global Commons
Mr. NISHIZAWA KeijiExecutive Advisor, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Prof. OTSUKA TadashiProfessor, Law School and Faculty of Law, Waseda University
Prof. Dr. Miranda A. SchreursProfessor, Chair of Environmental and Climate Policy, Bavarian School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich

Auditors

Mr. HASEGAWA KenLawyer
Mr. YASUDA HiroyukiCertified public accountant