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Gernot Klepper

Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

Research area

  • Environment and Natural Resources


Humankind is still unsustainably consuming natural resources and services, beyond rates at which these resources can reproduce, regrow, and regenerate, exerting thereby increasing pressures on our climate, ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity. Yet, the role of the environment and natural resources for development and wealth has remained poorly acknowledged in national and international policy designs so far.
A tipping or even turning point towards the design of sustainable national and international policies could be the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, calling for ambitious efforts to achieve sustainable development and strong climate change mitigation, respectively.
The RA "The Environment and Natural Resources" applies and develops models and practical tools to
assess trade-offs between policy objectives,
identify priorities for decision makers, and
derive synergies and multi-purpose solutions,

contributing to the Kiel Institute´s mission of developing solutions for sustainable and inclusive prosperity in a globalized world.


Tel.: +49 431 8814-485