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National and regional organisations working in geography and related fields


Regional and Pan-Asian organizations

Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS)
This professional association advances the application of geographic technologies in Asia through its scholarly journal (Asian Journal of Geoinformatics) and its academic conferences.

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)
AOGS works to promote geophysical science throughout Asia and Oceania. This international society publishes journals and has developed close connections with local and regional societies.

Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)
The ADRC works to build safe communities and create a society where sustainable development is possible. The organization also establishes international networks through many programs including personnel exchanges in this field.

Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI Asia)

CAI Asia promotes and demonstrates innovative ways to improve the air quality of Asian cities through partnerships and information sharing. CAI Asia is a non-binding, multi-stakeholder network of government agencies, NGOs, research institutes, international organizations, and private sector firms.

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)
GISTDA develops applications and provides data services relating to space technology and geo-informatics, and serves as the lead organization in Thailand for establishing common standards for remote sensing and geo-informatics systems. The organization has also created a natural resource information center.

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
IGES is a strategic policy research institute that deals with global environmental issues.  IGES research focuses on sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific, a region experiencing rapid growth in industrial activity and population, with serious implications for the future global environment.

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT in Asia)
ICIAT conducts socially and environmentally progressive research aimed at reducing hunger and poverty and preserving natural resources in developing countries. CIAT is one of the 15 centers that make up the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
ICRISAT carries out agricultural research and capacity building for sustainable development with a wide array of partners across the globe. ICRISAT belongs to the Alliance of Future Harvest Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
IRRI is a nonprofit research and training center established to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers and ensure environmental sustainability through collaborative research, partnerships and strengthening of national agricultural research and extension systems.

Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia Pacific (NACA) 

NACA is an intergovernmental organization that promotes rural development through sustainable aquaculture. NACA seeks to improve rural income, increase food production and foreign exchange earnings and to diversify farm production. The ultimate beneficiaries of NACA activities are farmers and rural communities.

Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)
SOPAC is an inter-governmental, regional organization dedicated to providing services to promote sustainable development in the countries it serves. The organization relies upon geographic technologies to carry out its work.

SAARC Agricultural Center (SAC)
The SAC focuses on the following activities: establishing a regional information network on agricultural and allied disciplines; identifying and documenting agricultural and pertinent literature including forestry, fisheries, livestock and allied disciplines; serving the agricultural information needs of regional countries; promoting new and better techniques for handling and dissemination of agricultural information; collecting and disseminating information in the area of proven agricultural technologies, effective farm practices as well as introduce new technologies.

South Asia Research Institute for Policy & Development (SARID)
SARIDpromotes sustainable, environmentally sound, and humane economic development strategies for South Asia through research, training and small to intermediate scale projects.

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
SAARC was established in 1985 by the Heads of State or Government of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and works to accelerate the process of economic and social development in these nations.

Southeast Asian Geography Association (SEAGA)

SEAGA is a scientific and educational society set up in 1990 by a group of geographers to organise the inaugural SEAGA Conference in Brunei Darussalam. Its members share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography and geographic education. As of February 2006, the association is formally registered with Singapore’s Registrar of Societies.

Stockholm Environment Institute-Asia Centre (SEI-A)

SEI-Aworks to contribute to the 8th Millennium Development Goal, namely the forging of a global partnership for sustainable development. It is the newest of the six SEI centers, the others being Stockholm, Boston, Tallinn, Oxford, and York.

Tata Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
TERI was established with the purpose of tackling the problems that mankind is likely to be faced with in the years ahead on account of the gradual depletion of the earth’s finite energy resources which are largely non-renewable, and on account of the existing methods of their use which are polluting. TERI is dedicated to the development of solutions to global problems in the fields of energy, environment and current patterns of development, which are largely unsustainable.

National organizations


Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
This professional association is the principal body representing geographers in Australia. Through its network of study groups, journals, and an annual meeting, the IAG promotes Australian geography, both in Australia and overseas.


Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS)
Initially created by the Bangladesh Ministry of Water Resources, this scientifically independent center of excellence uses integrated environmental analysis, geographic information systems, remote sensing, and information technology to manage natural resources for sustainable socio-economic development.


Cambodian Research Development Institute (CDRI)
This independent Cambodian development policy research institute works to contribute to Cambodia’s sustainable development and the well-being of its people through the generation of high quality policy-relevant development research, knowledge dissemination and capacity building.


Chinese Society for Geoinformatics
This society initiates and coordinates research in geoinformatics and related disciplines, holds several regional symposia each year, and promotes cooperation and coordination with related regional societies.  

Chinese Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
This society carries out academic, educational, and training activities and research in aerial photogrammetry and remote sensing; publishes journals dealing with aerial photogrammetry and remote sensing; and provides assistance to the public in these fields. 


Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
ICAR serves as a repository of information and provides consultancy on agriculture, horticulture, resource management, animal sciences, agricultural engineering, fisheries, agricultural extension, agricultural education, home science and agricultural communication. It also coordinates agricultural research and development programs and to develop linkages at national and international level with related organizations to enhance the quality of life of the farming community.

The Institute of Geographical Studies (TIGS)
The Institute of Geographical Studies (TIGS) believes that Geography is a vital tool in developing skills which will help people become activism-oriented. In order that Geography’s power be realized in very practical ways, TIIGS tries to work with a wide range of audiences including students, teachers, researchers, organizations, and civil society at large.


Indonesian Forum for Environment (WAHLI)
WALHI is the largest forum of non-government and community-based organizations in Indonesia and works to promote social transformation, peoples’ sovereignty, and sustainability of life and livelihoods.


Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI)
MARDI implements contract R&D projects, and provides related technical and entrepreneurial development services relevant to food, agriculture and related service industries. MARDI’s technical services are in the form of advisory, consultancy, technical training, laboratory and quality assurance services, product and process development, and technology up-scaling.


Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (CARP)
The CARP’s main function is to develop a vibrant, effective and sustainable system of agricultural research, promoting socio-economic development in Sri Lanka.


Kenan Institute Asia
The Kenan Institute works to build sustainable competitiveness in Thailand and the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The Institute tries to accomplish this mission by developing multi-sector partnerships based on true development needs and mutual benefit between Asia and the United States through the cooperation of universities, government agencies and the private sector.

National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
NSTDA promotes research and development to strengthen Thailand’s sustainable competitiveness, complemented with technology transfer and the development of human resources, as well as the development of scientific and technological infrastructure.


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