United Nations University – Institute for the Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) develops strategies to resolve pressing issues in the sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources such as water, soil, waste, energy, and other geo-resources that are of concern to the United Nations and its Member States – particularly in developing and emerging economies. Based in Dresden, Germany, the Institute engages in research, capacity development, postgraduate teaching, advanced training, and knowledge dissemination to advance the Resource Nexus.
In the context of the Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre, or ABCD, UNU-FLORES collaborates with partner institutions in India, Thailand, and Germany to promote adaptation strategies for climate change, which link the crucial topic of water security to the management of other environmental resources (such as soil, biodiversity, energy, food, and waste). The contribution of UNU-FLORES to this project extends beyond research and postgraduate education, to include knowledge transfer and science-based advocacy targeting political decision-makers and other important stakeholders across industry and civil society. UNU-FLORES also plays a unique role as the bridge connecting the project to the wider UN System, through the Institute’s active involvement in agency-driven initiatives including the UNU Water Network and the UN Environmental Management Group (UN-EMG).