Approach

Building on existing international strategies, programmes and agreements — as well as the latest scientific insights on ´planetary boundaries`— the project team will deepen the scientific basis for the development of international resource use targets. This work will focus on the global use of biotic and abiotic raw materials, water and land.

Options for quantitative and qualitative global targets for reducing resource use in all three categories by 2050 will be developed through a dialogue with the relevant scientific communities. These discussions prepare and support the political processes and consensus building on global sustainable resource use targets.

At the same time the IntRESS project contributes to a broad international debate on the need to increase resource efficiency and harmonising resource policy internationally. Windows of opportunities in existing international policy processes are identified, and the feasibility of an intergovernmental conference or international convention on resource use will be explored. The possibilities to manage natural resources as global common goods will also be discussed.

To realise the project goals, the consortium will engage amongst others in the following activities:

  • Scientific workshops with experts on raw materials, water and land use to discuss the suggestions for resource use targets that are being developed in the project.
  • Stakeholder workshops to discuss possibilities to strengthen policies on resource use and global targets with key actors in Germany, the EU, and internationally. 
  • Workshops at the World Resources Forum (WRF) in Arequipa, Peru, in 2014 and in Davos, Switzerland, in 2015
  • Regular meetings of the consortium with the project working group at the UBA and the ministry to discuss the progress and strategic direction of the project.