NATURAL RESOURCES – Sustainable Targets, Technologies, Lifestyles and Governance

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NATURAL RESOURCES – Sustainable Targets, Technologies, Lifestyles and Governance

Authors: Christian Ludwig, Cecilia Matasci, Xaver Edelmann

Publication date: 2015


The sustainable management of Natural Resources is a key factor for the further prosperous development of mankind. Conservation as well as intelligent use of the available resources will be required. Innovative approaches are needed. Indicators are necessary to measure the status and set reasonable targets to protect the environment. Decoupling economic growth from an ever increasing demand of natural resources will be essential to be successful on the long-term. Clean technologies have to be resource and energy efficient. Materials cycles should be controlled and closed if appropriate, i.e. if technically and economically feasible, and if the environmental impact can be reduced. Circular economy thinking is an important step towards a sustainable governance of natural resources.

This book presents the best papers of WRF 2013, held in Davos, Switzerland (October 6-9), and WRF 2014, held in Arequipa, Peru (October 19-22). In both conferences many high standard scientific presentations have contributed to the interesting discussions. After an evaluation, the best papers have been selected and authors were invited in spring 2015 to update and resubmit a revised version to be considered in this book.