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.

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Name of the Institute The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Acronym IGES
Establishment 31 March 1998
President Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI
Board Members 16 (Trustees:7 Directors:7 Auditors:2)
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No. of employees 177
(As of 1 July 2017)
  • Research employees 112
    Short term employment 13 Non-Japanese 45
  • Administrative employees 65
    (Short term employment 29 Non-Japanese 10)
Location (Headquarters) 2108-11, Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115, Japan
Tel: +81-46-855-3700 / Fax: +81-46-855-3709
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IGES history 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
IGES Headquarters Tokyo Sustainability Forum
2108-11, Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa,
240-0115, Japan
Tel: +81-46-855-3700 
Fax: +81-46-855-3709
E-mail: iges@iges.or.jp
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Shinbashi SY Bldg. 4F, 1-14-2,
Nishi-shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0003, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3595-1081
Fax: +81-3-3595-1084
Kansai Research Centre Kitakyushu Urban Centre
East Bldg. 5F, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, 1-5-2, Wakinohama-kaigandori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, 651-0073, Japan
Tel: +81-78-262-6634
Fax: +81-78-262-6635
E-mail: kansai@iges.or.jp
International Village Center 3F, 1-1-1, Hirano, Yahatahigashi-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, 805-0062, Japan
Tel: +81-93-681-1563
Fax: +81-93-681-1564
E-mail: kitakyushu-info@iges.or.jp
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Regional Centre Beijing Office
604 SG Tower 6F, 161/1 Soi Mahadlek Luang 3, Rajdamri Road, Patumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66-2-651-8794, 8795, 8797, 8799
Fax: +66-2-651-8798
E-mail: regionalcentre@iges.or.jp
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IGES Sino-Japan Cooperation Project Office, Room No.1114, 11F, Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection, No.1 Yuhuinanlu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China
E-mail: beijing-office@iges.or.jp
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South Asia Desk  
IGES South Asia Desk C/o TERI, Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003, INDIA
Tel: +91-11-2468-2100 [Ext.2160]
IGES Affiliated Organisations
IPCC TFI Technical Support Unit(TSU) Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research(APN)
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama,
Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81-46-855-3750
Fax: +81-46-855-3808
East Building, 4F 1-5-2 Wakinohama Kaigan Dori Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0073 Japan
Tel: +81-78-230-8017
Fax: +81-78-230-8018
E-mail:  info@apn-gcr.org
Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology (JISE) IPBES Technical Support Unit for the Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment (TSU-AP)
2-14-27 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 222-0033 Japan
Tel: +81-45-548-6270
Fax: +81-45-472-8810
Shinbashi SY Bldg. 4F, 1-14-2,
Nishi-shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0003, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3595-1081
Fax: +81-3-3595-1084
E-mail:  ipbes-iges@iges.or.jp
List of Board members and Auditors (in alphabetical order / as of October 2017)
Mr. Langston James
“Kimo” Goree VI
Vice-President, Reporting Services and United Nations Liaison, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
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 President, Ibaraki University
Mr. Takejiro Sueyoshi Special Advisor, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
Mr. Masaki Suzuki Executive Officer, Financial Services Business, AEON Co.,Ltd.
Prof. Yukari Takamura Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Director and Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo Institute for Advanced Study (UTIAS)
Mr. Hideyuki Mori Executive Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Ms. Hiroko Kono Journalist
Mr. Nobutoshi Miyoshi Former Director, Integrated Environmental Policy Bureau, Ministry of Environment
Prof. Ikufumi Niimi Professor, 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. Yasuhito Sunohara General Manager, Shimbashi Department 2, Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

The List of the Board members, Auditors, Honorary Advisors and Counselors(31KB)

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