2019/03/27 Dresden, Germany
On 6 March 2019, UNU-FLORES Director Prof. Edeltraud Guenther visited the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research, and the Arts (SMWK) and met with the State Minister Dr Eva-Maria Stange. The visit follows Prof. Guenther’s inaugural meetings with local policymakers.
Prof. Guenther updated Dr Stange on the current developments at UNU-FLORES. Dr Stange admired how the Institute has managed to establish itself as an important address in the field of sustainable environmental resource management in the few years since its inception in Dresden.
The Free State of Saxony through SMWK is a core funder of UNU-FLORES together with the Federal Government of Germany through the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In furtherance of the support for UNU-FLORES’s innovative research in the coming years, BMBF and SMWK extended a corresponding funding agreement.
At the 5th Anniversary Symposium, UNU-FLORES was presented with the new funding agreement between BMBF, SMWK, Technische Universität Dresden, and United Nations University. The renewed funding covers 6 million Euros in cash and in kind across three years from 2018 to 2020.
With UNU-FLORES’s research topics spanning from resource use to the effects of global change on it, the Ministry sees the research institute as an opportunity for the expertise in Germany to inform efforts in designing strategies for sustainable development in developing countries.
Acknowledging that ongoing developments in these research areas progressively demands long-term, integrated, and sustainable solutions, Dr Stange held that “[UNU-FLORES’s] research orientation is particularly pioneering, as international strategies for the sustainable use of resources make an important contribution to ensuring that the world remains a liveable place for future generations”.