About IGES

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (Brochure)

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.


Name of the Institute The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Acronym IGES
Establishment 31 March 1998
President Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI
No. of employees 203 (As of 30 June 2020)
Strategic Research: 157
Projects for Public Interest other than Strategic Research: 25
General Administration: 21
Non-Japanese Staff: 54 (Out of total staff)
Location (Headquarters) 2108-11, Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115, Japan
Tel: +81-46-855-3700 / Fax: +81-46-855-3709


January 1995 Proposal to establish the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (a private consultative body of the Prime Minister)
December 1997 Adoption of the Charter for the Establishment of IGES
March 1998 Inauguration of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
September 1999 Establishment within IGES of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories
October 1999 Establishment of the Kitakyushu Office
June 2001 Establishment of the Kansai Research Centre
April 2003 IGES was granted Special Consultative Status under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN/ECOSOC)
May 2003 Opening of the IGES Bangkok Project Office
April 2004 IGES takes on the role of Secretariat for Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
July 2006 Opening of the Beijing Office
April 2007 Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology (JISE) was merged with IGES
April 2010 Kitakyushu Office renamed the Kitakyushu Urban Centre
June 2011 Opening of the IGES Regional Centre in Bangkok
April 2012 IGES made the transition to a public-interest incorporated foundation

Organisational Structure

Organisational Structure


List of Board members and Auditors (in alphabetical order, as of April 2020)


Prof. Xuemei Bai Distinguished Professor, Urban Environment at Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Dr. Bindu N. Lohani Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Asian Institute of Technology (AIT);
Former Vice-President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank
Prof. Nobuo Mimura Former President, Ibaraki University;
Specially Appointed Professor, Global and Local Environment Co-creation Institute(GLEC), Ibaraki University
Mr. Takejiro Sueyoshi Special Advisor, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative Chairperson, WWF Japan
Mr. Masaki Suzuki Executive Officer, Financial Services Business, AEON Co.,Ltd.
Prof. Yukari Takamura Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), The University of Tokyo
Mr. Peter James Wooders Group Director, Energy Programme, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies;
Project Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), The University of Tokyo
Mr. Hideyuki Mori Executive Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Mr. Nobutoshi Miyoshi Managing Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Mr. Masaya Futamiya Director-Chairman, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Ms. Hiroko Kono Journalist
Prof. Ikufumi Niimi Pofessor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, Meiji University;
Prof. Miranda A. Schreurs Professor of Environment and Climate Policy Bavarian School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich


Mr. Ken Hasegawa Lawyer
Mr. Hiroyuki Yasuda Certified public accountant