Green Economy and Sustainable Resource Management

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Outline
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  • Through this programme the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) focuses on the nexus between the green economy and resource management: that is sustainable management of water, soil and waste as an integral part of the green economy (energy, housing, transport are other important areas or work) and resource management insofar as it is shaped by the green economy (e.g., energy from water and waste, virtual water as part of water management). These issues are not currently well covered in the Hydro Science and Engineering master’s programme, on which a joint study programme between TUD and UNU-FLORES will be based. A newly developed module may build on a basic module provided by TU Dresden-Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM). Within one year, a teaching module will be developed while contacts are pursued for future partnerships in research. A proposal for a research project on these issues will be developed during the second year of the Institute’s work.

    Twinning

    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: Analysis will be undertaken of the nexus between green economy and resource management: that is sustainable management of water, soil and waste as an integral part of green economy (besides energy, housing, transport as further main areas) and resource management being shaped by green economy (e.g., energy from water and waste, virtual water as part of water management).
    How: This knowledge will be developed via research projects with TU Dresden and further partners and the theoretical basis will be elaborated and exemplified in case studies.

    Impact: Curriculum development
    Target: Joint study programmes shall be established with TU Dresden focusing on the nexus between green economy and resource management.
    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 intention is to build human and institutional capacities in the field of integrated and sustainable resource management in Southern Africa.
    How: This expertise will be developed by establishing a twin institute of UNU-FLORES in Maputo, Mozambique.

    Timeline/Programme Cycle

    This programme will commence after the foundations have been laid for UNU-FLORES’ activities during the first year. It may build on a basic module provided by TU Dresden-CIPSEM. Within one year, a respective teaching module will be built, and contacts will be established for future partnerships in research. To build up capacities in this field, a proposal for a research project on the issue is to be worked out during the second year.

    Expected Duration

    Program Start: 1 January 2013.

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