RSB North America

RSB North America plays a critical role in the governance of GCRI, ensuring that global strategies are effectively adapted and implemented within the North American region. By facilitating regional collaboration and providing feedback to the GSB, RSB North America helps GCRI achieve its mission of mitigating risks, building resilience, and fostering sustainable development on a regional scale.


  • Adaptation and Implementation: RSB North America is responsible for customizing and executing GCRI’s global strategies within the North American region, ensuring alignment with regional priorities and contexts.

  • Regional Collaboration: It facilitates regional collaboration among various stakeholders, including governments, academia, industry, and civil society, proposing North America-specific projects for GCRI’s consideration.

  • Representation: RSB North America represents GCRI in regional forums, events, and discussions, promoting the organization's mission and objectives within North America.


  • Members: RSB North America comprises experts, leaders, and stakeholders from various sectors within North America, including academia, industry, government, and civil society.

  • Selection: Members are selected based on their expertise, leadership, and commitment to advancing GCRI’s mission locally, ensuring balanced representation of regional interests and perspectives.

  • Term: Members serve fixed terms, providing stability and continuity in regional governance.

Key Information:

  • Regular Meetings: RSB North America holds regular meetings to discuss the regional implementation of GCRI initiatives, monitor progress, and address regional challenges. Annual strategic planning sessions are conducted to align regional activities with GCRI’s global objectives.

  • Decision-Making: RSB North America operates through a collaborative approach, aiming for consensus among members. Decisions are made through voting when necessary, with each member having an equal vote.

  • Reporting: RSB North America reports to the Global Stewardship Board (GSB), ensuring their activities align with GCRI’s overall strategic direction.

Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Regional Implementation: Adapting and implementing GCRI’s global strategies and initiatives to suit the unique needs and opportunities of the North American region.

  • Collaboration: Facilitating regional collaboration among National Working Groups (NWGs), academia, industry, and government entities.

  • Representation: Representing GCRI in regional discussions and forums, promoting its mission and objectives.

  • Feedback: Providing feedback and insights to the GSB on regional challenges, opportunities, and progress.

  • Project Proposals: Proposing region-specific projects and initiatives for GCRI’s consideration and support.

Relations with Other Governing Bodies:

  • Global Stewardship Board (GSB): RSB North America reports to the GSB, ensuring regional activities align with GCRI’s global strategic direction.

  • National Working Groups (NWGs): RSB North America works closely with NWGs in North America to facilitate the local implementation of global standards and initiatives.

  • Specialized Leadership Board (SLB): RSB North America coordinates with the SLB to ensure that technical and research activities within the region support GCRI’s strategic objectives.

  • Central Bureau (CB): RSB North America collaborates with the CB for operational support, guidance, and resources necessary for executing regional activities effectively.

Meeting Structure:

  • Regular Meetings: Scheduled to discuss ongoing projects, review global updates from GCRI, and plan local initiatives.

  • Strategic Planning Sessions: Annual sessions to align regional activities with GCRI’s global objectives and identify key regional priorities.

  • Ad Hoc Meetings: Convened as needed to address urgent or specific regional issues, opportunities, or collaborations.

Accountability and Reporting:

  • Transparency: RSB North America maintains transparency in its operations, providing regular updates and reports to the GSB and regional stakeholders.

  • Ethics and Integrity: Upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and governance in all activities and decisions.

  • Stakeholder Engagement: Actively engaging with regional stakeholders, including members, partners, and external entities, to ensure inclusive and collaborative activities.

Integration and Synergy:

  • Collaborative Approach: RSB North America ensures that regional activities work in synergy with global strategies, fostering a collaborative environment for effective decision-making and implementation.

  • Strategic Alignment: Aligning regional initiatives with GCRI’s global objectives, ensuring coherence and unified direction across all levels of governance.

  • Operational Support: Providing the necessary oversight and support to regional operational teams, including NWGs and Competence Cells, to ensure the smooth execution of GCRI’s mission.

Specific Initiatives and Programs:

  • Capacity Building: Focusing on enhancing regional capabilities in risk management, resilience building, and sustainable development through targeted training and development programs.

  • Research and Innovation: Promoting region-specific research and innovation projects that address the unique challenges and opportunities within North America.

  • Civic Engagement: Encouraging active participation from regional civil society organizations and fostering a culture of collaborative problem-solving and innovation.


Arctic and Subarctic Regions

The Arctic and Subarctic zones of North America, stretching across the northern reaches of Canada, Alaska, and parts of Greenland, are defined by their permafrost-laden tundra, expansive boreal forests, and ice-covered seas. These regions are experiencing profound changes due to accelerated Arctic warming, leading to ice melt, permafrost thaw, and significant ecological shifts. Conservation efforts are increasingly focused on large-scale climate monitoring, adaptive management strategies to preserve the resilience of cold-adapted species, and safeguarding the traditional livelihoods of indigenous communities amidst environmental changes.

Pacific Northwest Rainforests

North America’s Pacific Northwest is home to temperate rainforests characterized by their high rainfall, dense fog, and massive conifers, such as Sitka spruce and Douglas fir. This region, extending from northern California through Oregon, Washington, and into British Columbia, faces challenges from timber extraction, urban sprawl, and climate-induced shifts in precipitation patterns. Conservation strategies emphasize the implementation of sustainable logging practices, the expansion of protected areas, and ecosystem restoration efforts to maintain the ecological integrity and carbon sequestration capacity of these verdant forests.

Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains, an iconic mountain range that stretches from the southern United States into Canada, features diverse ecosystems from alpine tundra to montane forests. The range supports an array of wildlife and serves as a critical water source for adjacent arid regions. Threats include the impacts of climate change on snowpack and water availability, habitat fragmentation, and the pressure of recreational land use. Strategic conservation initiatives aim to enhance habitat connectivity through wildlife corridors, promote integrated water basin management, and encourage eco-friendly recreational practices.

Great Plains

Once the domain of vast herds of bison, the Great Plains span the heartland of the United States and parts of Canada, characterized by their extensive grasslands and prairies. Current challenges include the conversion of grasslands to agricultural use, urban encroachment, and the loss of native flora and fauna. Restoration of native prairie ecosystems, sustainable land management practices, and the conservation of critical habitat areas are central to maintaining the natural heritage and ecological functionality of the Great Plains.

Eastern Deciduous Forests

The Eastern Deciduous Forests cover a broad swath from the Midwestern United States to the Atlantic coast, offering a rich mosaic of hardwood species. Urbanization, invasive species, and climate change pose significant threats to these biodiverse forests. Efforts to conserve these areas include the protection of remaining old-growth stands, invasive species management, and the integration of green infrastructure within urban and suburban environments to preserve ecological corridors and promote biodiversity.

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ecosystems

The Gulf of Mexico's coastal zone is a complex system of estuaries, marshlands, and barrier islands, critical for marine and coastal biodiversity and the protection of inland areas from storms. Threatened by hydrocarbon pollution, overfishing, and coastal development, conservation efforts in this region focus on restoring wetland and estuarine habitats, implementing sustainable fisheries management, and enhancing pollution control measures to protect these productive and biodiverse ecosystems.

Appalachian Mountains

Spanning the eastern United States from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Mountains are characterized by their rich biodiversity, distinct topography, and cultural history. The mountains face pressures from mountaintop removal mining, deforestation, and climate change. Conservation efforts are directed towards the establishment of protected areas, sustainable management of forest resources, and initiatives to promote eco-tourism and preserve the cultural heritage of the Appalachian region.

Sonoran and Mojave Deserts

The Sonoran and Mojave Deserts, located in the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico, are renowned for their unique desert landscapes, hosting a variety of cacti, succulents, and endemic species. Urban expansion, water extraction, and climate change threaten these arid ecosystems. Conservation strategies include habitat preservation, sustainable water management, and efforts to protect and restore populations of key species, such as the Joshua tree and the saguaro cactus.

Canadian Shield

The Canadian Shield, an extensive area of ancient Precambrian rock, encompasses parts of eastern, central, and northern Canada and a portion of the northern United States. This region, characterized by its rugged terrain, numerous lakes, and boreal forests, faces challenges from mineral extraction, forest exploitation, and climate change impacts on freshwater resources. Conservation and sustainable management practices focus on protecting water quality, sustainable mining and logging practices, and conserving the vast tracts of boreal forest that play a crucial role in carbon sequestration.

Great Lakes

The Great Lakes, the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world by total area, are shared by Canada and the United States. They support diverse ecosystems and are vital for regional water supply, transportation, and recreation. Invasive species, industrial pollution, and nutrient runoff are key challenges. Bi-national cooperation aims at improving water quality, managing invasive species, and restoring habitats to ensure the long-term ecological health and sustainability of the Great Lakes basin.

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