Global Change Impact on Resource Management

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  • Global change in a broad sense — including climate and land-use change, as well as changes in demographic structures in and between urban and rural societies — presents a number of challenges to the concept of integrated resource management. Region-specific scenarios need to be worked out to enable the development of management strategies suitable for mitigating the impacts of global change on resource availability. The topic of climate change is covered extensively in the study programme Hydro Science and Engineering (HSE), which will be the basis for at joint master’s degree programme between Dresden Technical University (TU Dresden) and the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES). This topic will be complemented by modules on green economy, water efficiency and risk management. Research projects on these issues will also be initiated swiftly, aiming at submitting a proposal within 18 months after the launch of the Institute.


    Negotiations are ongoing with universities in Mozambique and the region to establish a twin institute of UNU-FLORES and develop joint study programmes based on existing expertise and with considerable thematic overlap to programmes developed with TU Dresden.

    Focal Point

    The focal point for this programme is Dr. Reza Ardakanian.

    Intended Impact

    Impact: Furthering knowledge in an academic field
    Target: The programme will develop region-specific scenarios of global change (climate, land-use, demography) as the basis for adapted concepts for the management of water, soil and waste, with a special focus on Southern Africa.
    How: In research projects with TU Dresden and further partners, the theoretical basis will be elaborated and exemplified in case studies.

    Impact: Curriculum development
    Target: The programme will establish joint study programmes with TU Dresden focusing on effects of global change on integrated management of material fluxes and resources.
    How: Based on existing programmes, by adding specific modules in cooperation with TU Dresden and associated institutions (UFZ, IÖR), joint programmes are being developed.

    Impact: Capacity development in developed/developing countries
    Target: The programme intends to build human and institutional capacities in the field of integrated and sustainable resource management in Southern Africa.
    How: This will be done by establishing a twin institute of UNU-FLORES in Maputo, Mozambique.

    Timeline/Programme Cycle

    During the start-up phase of UNU-FLORES it is essential to quickly recruit the heads of the foreseen sections. who will have the responsibility for the teaching modules in the field of global change to be provided by UNU-FLORES to the joint programme with TU Dresden. At the same time, research cooperation needs to be established aiming at submitting a research proposal within 18 month after recruiting the section head.

    Expected Duration

    The programme is expected to run for a duration of 36 months, from 1 January 2012 through 31 December 2014.

  • Activities within the programme will involve cooperation between the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources and the UNU Vice-Rectorate in Europe.