Resource Nexus in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

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  • Resource Nexus in Climate Change Mitigation and AdaptationClimate change has affected, and will continue to affect every living being, in every country, on every continent, and has also resulted in a disruption to national economies. The impacts of climate change can affect the quality, quantity, and reliability of many goods and services that are provided by natural resources. As human activities (e.g., production) and our associated use of natural resources are the major sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, shifting from a fossil fuel-based economy to a greener and less carbon-intensive economy is vital for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

    UNU-FLORES, in collaboration with partners, contribute to the identification of the critical interlinkages and investment points towards a greener, more circular, and less carbon-intensive economy by examining the interdependencies of environmental resources across scales and compartments for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    The overall objective is to advance the application of nexus-oriented climate mitigation and adaptation methodologies, knowledge, and strategies towards green development. Ensuring primary production, natural resource conservation, and an expansion of social and economic benefits will be the key criteria in guiding the development of measures and strategies to protect our climate.

    Working together with communities, public and private sectors, and Member States to address their needs for climate change mitigation and adaptation, with the aim of strengthening their resilience to climate-related risks and impacts, and utilising opportunities that arise, the long-term impact of the work will see:

    • the integration of the Resource Nexus into regional and national policies for climate change mitigation and adaptation
    • communities and Member States adopt these policies and take action to mitigate and adapt to climate change
    • better living environments and greener economies as a result of reduced GHG emissions, pollution, climate risks, and resource scarcities
    • enhanced energy and resource efficiency
    • a growth in employment and income
    • the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services

    On the one hand, climate change is a main driver of degradation and loss of all environmental resources, including water, soil, nutrients, and biodiversity that are vital for primary production, nature conservation, and economic growth. On the other hand, fossil fuel-based energy and material production is a major source of GHG emissions that accelerate global warming. Therefore, all relevant natural resources will be addressed according to the boundary conditions of the research.

    • Daniel Karthe Daniel Karthe Head of Research Programme – Resource Nexus for Regions in Transformation
    • Lulu Zhang Lulu Zhang Associate Programme Officer | Focal Point for Agri-food and Forest Systems & Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation