- About Us
CHANS-Net: International Network of Research on Coupled Human Nature and Natural Systems facilitates communication and collaboration among scholars from around the world who are interested in coupled human and natural systems. Those scholars blur the traditional boundaries and combine social and physical sciences – such as biology, economics, ecology, sociology, demography, and more to find sustainable solutions that both benefit the environment and enable people to thrive.
CHANS-Net is sponsored by the Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program of the National Science Foundation. The Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University coordinates the effort.
“Achieving sustainability depends not only on bold new science, but also on research that can bring drastic changes in human attitudes, intentions and -- most importantly – behaviors,” said Jianguo “Jack” Liu, CSIS director and principal investigator of the CHANS-Net. “The CHANS-Net Network harnesses the best minds from across disciplines that will create a revolution in sustainability.”
MSU’s role includes building a global database of scholars and their projects, fostering collaboration, helping identify and train new talent, and raising awareness.
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The Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability is a collaborator on the Human and Environment Linkage Programme (HELP), an international non-profit organization focusing on community-based environmental and biodiversity conservation. HELP puts all efforts on improving the conditions of both the human and natural systems in ecologically fragile areas and enhancing the environmental awareness of the public. HELP is working in the Wolong Nature Reserve for giant pandas located in Sichuan, China. Wolong is home to about 4,500 people, 80 percent of whom are Tibetan and Qiang minorities. Wolong also hosts the largest wild giant panda population and the largest panda breeding program. Each year since 2004, center members Wei Liu and Vanessa Hull, who are also HELP volunteers, spend up to eight months in Wolong.