Since uncontrolled consumption of natural resources causes several development problems, ensuring environmental sustainability was adopted in the list of Millennium Development Goals, or MDG 7. The Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) is concentrating on water management, land use, biodiversity, renewable energy sources, and regional management to help achieve this goal.
Cologne’s cooperation partners are Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, and Vietnam as well as international organizations and further institutions involved in development cooperation.
In order to promote knowledge transfer, chairs in natural resources management will be created, Master's programs in nine partner countries networked, postgraduate programs set up, and dialogue between HEIs and stakeholders in situ supported. All research results and teaching material of the center will be made available to the public. A communication platform on the internet will be set up for this purpose.
The program “exceed - Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation” aims at supporting German HEIs together with their partners in developing countries . Support is given to those institutions that contribute to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other goals of development cooperation policy in an innovative manner. The aim is to strengthen the HEIs in the domains of education, research and consultancy. The major concerns of the program are:
- to bind together German Higher Education Institutions with priorities directly linked to the MDGs in competence centers;
- to increase education and research on issues relevant to development cooperation policy in German and partner country German Higher Education Institutions;
- raising the public profile of the universities and their MDG-related activities both at home and in the developing world to the MDGs in the eyes of the general public in Germany and developing countries;
- to establish excellent and high level research on development cooperation policy issues, so that this can serve as a guiding light and so attract international academic interest;
- to strengthen and expand north-south as well as south-south networks;
- to increase policy analysis and debate in developing countries and Germany.
By these activities, researchers and institutes are encouraged to continue and expand their commitment in development cooperation. The competence centers are meant to become think tanks for development cooperation that develop approaches for the solution of global challenges and transfer them to policy makers, donors and practitioners.
The competences centers were selected in a two-step process by an international peer-review group between October 2008 and June 2009. Five centers receive funding since July 2009 for a period of five years. The program is managed by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst / DAAD) with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
JSP in Mexico
The name of the Joint Student Project (JSP) that took place in Mexico was: The urban-rural gap in drinking water (and sanitation) coverage in the Latin American Region.
eco-DRR regional network
The workshop in Yogyakarta brought together representatives from academia, UN organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations
Joint Student Project on eco-DRR in Vietnam
From April 22 to 26 master students, researchers and lecturers from Vietnam, Nepal and Indonesia met in a Joint Student Project (JSP) to work on the common topic “Eco-based Disaster Risk Reduction (eco-DRR) for Vu Gia – Thu Bon River Basin”.
New CNRD chairholder “Natural Resources Management”
We are happy to announce that Dr. Nadir Elagib holds the one-year CNRD professorship “Natural Resources Management” at ITT until the end of July 2014.
Eco-DRR Module: New teaching materials available
The Instructor's manual and trailer for the MSc Module on Disasters, Environment and Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) are now available and the new trailer is also to be seen online.
Call for Application as Research Fellows
Within the scope of the Exceed project an International Guest Chair Team will be established in the summer term 2013 at TU Braunschweig. The research project will be chaired by the Guest Professor, Dra. María del Carmen Hernández Rendón from México.
First Conference of Natural Resources and Development, Chile, November 2013
The first international conference of Natural Resources and Development on “Food, water and energy security: integrated science for sustainability” will take place in Viña del Mar, Chile, from November 25 to 28. The conference is jointly organized by the Center for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) and UNEP. Please visit the conference homepage for further information.