This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities. Agenda 21 recommends developing research on human attitudes and behaviour as driving forces central to an understanding of the causes and consequences of environmental change and resource use.
The International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) has established a core project on Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE). The objectives of GCTE are (1) to predict the effects of changes in climate, atmostpheric compostition and land use on terrrestrial ecosystems, including agricultural and production forest systems; and (2) top determine how these effects lead to feedbacks to the atmosphere and the physical climate system. An introduction to the project can be found at http://jasper.stanford.edu/GCTE/.