Integrated and Sustainable Resource Management

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Outline
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  • During the start-up phase of the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), joint research projects and teaching programmes will be established with Dresden Technical University (TU Dresden) on integrated and sustainable resource management, focusing first and foremost on water, soil, and waste. A first Master of Science course will be based on an established programme at TU Dresden, entitled Hydro Science and Engineering (HSE), supplemented by modules specific to the joint programme. Approximately 70 percent of the HSE programme would be used for the joint master’s course. The topic of water is already comprehensively covered in the HSE programme and to a large extent, land use, soil, and waste management are also covered. Additional modules would deal with matter flux analysis, governance issues, risk management, green economy, and methods for teaching and project management (capacity development). Research projects on these issues will also be initiated swiftly, aiming at submitting a proposal within 18 months after the launch of the Institute.

    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: Rethink/revisit existing theories/policies
    Target: The concept of integrated resource management (particularly advanced with respect to water) shall be widened in scope, integrating various interlinked resources, first and foremost water, soil and waste. Moreover, the concept shall be upscaled by developing a “linked cycle management” approach, including the consistent tracing and management of the resource throughout its migration through phases and compartments.
    How: In research projects with TU Dresden and further partners, the theoretical basis will be elaborated and exemplified in case studies.

    Impact: Furthering knowledge in an academic field
    Target: The concept of integrated resource management (particularly advanced with respect to water) shall be widened in scope, integrating various interlinked resources, first and foremost water, soil and waste. Moreover, the concept shall be upscaled by developing a “linked cycle management” approach, including the consistent tracing and management of the resource throughout its migration through phases and compartments.
    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: Joint study programmes shall be established with TU Dresden on integrated management of material fluxes and of 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 accomplished 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: water management, soil and land use management and waste management. They will have the responsibility for the foreseen teaching modules in their respective fields to be provided by UNU-FLORES to the joint programme with TU Dresden. At the same time, cooperation in research needs to be established aiming at submitting a research proposal within 18 month after recruiting the section heads.

    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.