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Requirements of an International Natural Resource Policy

  • Judit KanthakEmail author
  • Michael Golde
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Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 29)

Abstract

The increasing demand for raw materials will continue to exert pressure on resource availability and on the environment with all the negative consequences for the economy and society. The long term goals are the reduction of consumption on the one hand and a reduction of negative impacts of unavoidable resource use on the other. There are many approaches to increase resource efficiency, to reduce the absolute amount of resource use and to reduce the negative environmental impacts of resource use across product lifecycles. Many of these measures can be implemented on a national level. However as the world economy is very much integrated, an internationally coordinated policy will gain better results. Resource consuming and resource extracting countries should adopt a strategy of resource governance which seeks international agreement on global targets for natural resource extraction and consumption and coordinated measures for an increase of resource efficiency.

Keywords

United Nations Environment Programme Resource Efficiency Resource Policy Best Available Technique Small Scale Mining 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal Environment Agency (Germany)Dessau-RoßlauGermany

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