Forging sustainability

Environmental Economics & Natural Resources (EENR)

Environmental Economics & Natural Resources (EENR)

The EENR TL aims to promote world-leading science activity in the field of Environmental Economics and Natural Resources, in four identified pillars: i) institutional economics (how do institutions shape and constrain sustainable resources management); ii) behavioural economics (what is needed to provoke sustainable resources management); iii) critical economics (drawbacks and limits to as well as going beyond the ecosystem services approach); and iv) adaptive economics (model competitive advantages for existing and new businesses, and jobs).

EENR is fully aligned with UN sustainable development goals for 2030, EU priorities that include the commitment for an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth based on knowledge and innovation and the shared pursuit of excellence, and with the national and Centro-Portugal region research and innovation strategies for smart specialization (RIS3), including increased interactions with social actions and economic/business sector. The development of EENR objectives is supported by international networks, enabling researchers to share knowledge and key research infrastructures on a pan-European basis, as well as science-based knowledge that support advice, and to bridge the gap between knowledge, policy and practice (e.g. EuroMarine, EUROCEAN, AlterNet, ICOS-infrastructure, European and international LTER, EMSO, EUROFLEET, ECORD, EURASAP, FUEGORED, INDEEP, REALP).

CESAM’s RGs contribute to the following EENR TL priority challenges:

i) New instruments for the conservation for protecting species, habitats and ecosystems in a context of climate change, by developing policy instruments for the conservation of biodiversity; establishing new marine protected areas; and developing management options to support biodiversity.

ii) Mitigation and adaptation measures in the context of atmospheric pollution and climate change, by developing management options for adaptation and resilience in coastal areas; management options for sustainable exploitation of marine resources; management options to support biodiversity, though mitigation of contamination the restoration of contaminated areas; and by developing new antibacterial products and mitigation measures for antibiotic resistance in the environment.

iii) Management tools for sustainable use of natural and human capital resources, by developing innovative and optimized processes for wastes and sub-products market value; developing new processes to support management of contaminated waters and soils; and developing new products, premium goods (food, feed and pharma), and tools to the market.

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