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CNRD is a knowledge hub and network regarding issues on assessing and managing the natural resources base as prerequisite for sustainable development.

themes of CNRD
& MDG7

  • Integrated water ressource management
  • Land user dynamics and biodiversity
  • Energy efficiency and renewable ressources
  • Regional management and sustainable livilhoods of the poor
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In order to achieve the MDGs, it is required to coordinate action between a multitude of stakeholders at local, national and international level from different sectors and from different types of institutions (governmental, private, civil society).
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education &

CNRD aspires the creation of a worldwide network of postgraduate courses related to natural resources management and development with an interdisciplinary and intercultural orientation.
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CNRD online

  • a tool for collaboration and communication
  • to support overall CNRD objectives
  • knowledge hub providing information to internal and external audience
  • e-Journal with scientific reports
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centre for natural resources and development



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).

E-teaching in higher education

San Luis Potosí, Mexico, July 7-10, 2014 - This advanced training is designed as a blended-learning session in small groups (max. 16 people), which includes online phases as well as face-to-face meetings. It is also designed to facilitate the development of blended learning modules out of existing modules or new ideas and concepts.


A post 2015 world:

Ecosystem management integral to climate resilient development

Bogor, Indonesia - 18 June 2014 – An International Science-Policy  workshop organized by the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), the Centre for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) brought together

International conference

An international conference on "Natural resources and development - goals for Latin America" will be held at the Unidad de Posgrados of the Autonomous University of San Luis Poosi, SLP, Mexico. September 2 – 5, 2014. The objective is to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences on sustainable regional development in Latin America to build a proposal on Sustainable Development Goals in the region. Invited are Researchers and student, Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations, Private enterprises and consultants, Teachers of middle, and higher education and journalist. Please download the flyer here.
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Science-Policy Workshop on “Adaptive Actions"

More than 30 officers of the Nicaraguan government, working for different ministries and governmental institutions, participated in the workshop “Adaptive Actions to Face Climate Change”, which was jointly organized by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Nicaragua (MARENA) and the Climate Service Center (CSC), Hamburg, and held in Managua from 24th to 26th February 2014.



Call for Registration: CNRD Alumni Seminar 2014

From Sept 1-5, 2014 the first CNRD alumni seminar will take place on the topic “The post-2015 UN Development Agenda and the environmental sustainability after 2015” in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. As the CNRD alumni workshop is related to the regional  background of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (LAC) , all those CNRD alumni are asked to apply that have participated in an exchange to a LAC country or are citizens of a LAC country (including former MSC scholarship holders and JSP participants).



International Meeting

Thiruvananthapuram, India 3-5 January 2014: The three days international meeting on transnational education in Thiruvananthapuram India was organized by the Kerala State Higher Education Council with the goal to stimulate debate on Transnational Education by learning from best practices in other countries and regions



Fourth CNRD annual network meeting in Viña del Mar, Chile

The fourth CNRD network meeting took place in Viña del Mar, Chile from 21st to 23rd November 2013. Representatives from 9 CNRD partner universities as well as the CUAS vice president for teaching



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.

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”.


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. 


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. 


Master's & PhD program

courses, students and application

Qualified graduates can apply for a full PhD scholarship at one of the CNRD partner universities. Master's students of the CNRD universities can apply for a scholarship of 4-6 months for a semester at another CNRD university or to conduct field research (related to MDG 7)

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CNRD chair

teaching related to MDG 7

CNRD is offering a position for a Professorship responsible for the field of

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universities & partner

a global network

Target regions of cooperation are South and South-East Asia, Middle East and Northern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southern Africa.

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