International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)

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Subject fields of the IZNE

The IZNE bundles competences in many projects for sustainable development and responsible action in the following thematic areas and contributes to initiating and accompanying sustainable reform, innovation and change processes:
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Health and Social Protection

Improving access to health and social protection systems worldwide is an essential element of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and an essential requirement for poverty reduction and inclusive growth.  Adopting a global perspective, the section Health and Social Protection seeks to contribute to the development of inclusive health and social protection systems.


Soils and biomass

Soils and biomass are inseparably connected with each other via a multitude of material cycles. The loss of fertile soils and thus also of ecologically diverse terrestrial ecosystems worldwide is dramatic. IZNE initiates and coordinates several research projects, which protect soil as a finite resource, applying a holistic approach.


Responsible Economy and Natural Resources

The research group conducts sustainability-relevant, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects in research, consultancy, education and transfer. The cooperation with all levels and stakeholders, including municipal politics, administration and citizens, is an integral part of the holistic approach.


Sustainable Technologies and Resource Usage

Sustainable technology development seeks technical solutions on technical aspects related to the energy and mobility sectors to improve people's living conditions in line with the UN SDGs without having negative environmental or social consequences. At the same time, it must be ensured that technical solutions also work when the environment and society change.