NatuReS’ mission is empowering diverse stakeholders to work together towards inclusive and resilient economic growth.
To achieve this, NatuReS focuses on four working areas:
In each of these areas, the programme engages in several key activities, including:
Cities and densely populated settlements, especially in emerging economies, offer huge opportunities for change. Though economic powerhouses, they often lack the resilience and strategies to reduce the risks of natural resource shortages and climate change.
NatuReS seeks to advance the governance and enabling context on natural resources security and thus also the economic resilience in cities. Its tool set includes:
Examples of stewardship partnerships promoting resilience in cities are:
Many emerging economies and developing countries invest in special economic zones and industrial parks to boost their manufacturing and agricultural potential. However, as most industries heavily rely on water, their activities can lead to overuse and the discharge of untreated wastewater. These environmental risks not only affect adjacent populations, but can also lead to operational and supplier disruptions, higher production costs, brand damage and reduced investments.
To reduce these risks, on an institutional level, NatuReS seeks to embed water and natural resources stewardship principles into national and regional standards, as well as in the governance framework of economic zones and industrial parks.
At site level, the programme seeks to demonstrate how global standards on sustainable resource use could be applied for more climate resilience, healthier surrounding communities and a more sustainable, productive economic output.
Examples for stewardship partnerships promoting resilient economic zones and industrial parks are:
Across the globe, there is a major challenge to a sustainable, ‘green’ economy: the environmental impacts and costs linked to the production and consumption of goods are not given sufficient attention. There is, however, a significant potential for improvement. According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the global circular economy presents a $4.5 trillion USD opportunity to boost GDP.
NatuReS seeks to improve specific product value chains – such as the plastic waste value chain – via a circular economy that helps safeguard jobs and investments. By focusing on partnerships that use learning resources and evidence-based methods, the programme makes it easier for stakeholders to adopt circular economy approaches.
Examples for stewardship partnerships promoting circular economies are:
Threatened or degraded natural resources often lead to negative impacts on economic development – both within and beyond a catchment area. As such, some risks are best handled through an integrated approach involving both upstream and downstream water users.
NatuReS seeks to improve the state of critically threatened catchments by increasing the capacity to identify and address risks at a governmental, business and community level. Key goals include:
Examples of stewardship partnerships promoting resilient catchments are:
Read more about the stewardship approach for resilient catchments here.