GAIA’s governance has evolved across the two phases in order to adapt to the needs of both the consortium and stakeholders and the work plan implementation.
PHASE I governance orbited around an important component of coordination of the collaboration of over 200 volunteers worldwide who participated in 25 specific working groups. Thus, the strategic level involved an structure composed by an Executive Committee (EC), formed by the WP leaders and relevant task leaders; and a Coordination Team (CT), involving the coordinators of key project areas, the project leader and the project manager.
For PHASE II, the previous governance structure has been simplified given the size of the consortium. The EC has been removed, transforming the Coordination Team in a body formed by the Outcome leads in charge of discussing, coordinating and making decisions at the operative level, with an special emphasis on ensuring cross-talk among key outputs. Furthermore, strategic discussions take place with the entire Consortium. An operative Management Team deals with overall legal, financial and managerial aspects.