Theme 1: Climate change, natural resources and sustainability

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Chair Sweden: Peter Lindblad, Uppsala University,
Chair South Africa:  Ntebogeng Mokgalaka, Tshwane University of Technology;;

Climate change (goal 13) is the framework within which natural resources, living and non-living (goal 14 and 15), and sustainability* are considered. Climate change has direct causal and effectual influences on food security (goal 2), water security (goal 6) and energy/resource security (goal 7). Climate change affects food production and food production affects climate. Climate change affects water resources (both fresh water and marine systems) and changes in the aquatic cycles have an impact on climate. Energy (in all its consumption) impacts climate, and as climate changes, it impacts availability of energy sources. Conducting research in this space requires intra/inter/cross/trans and enmeshed disciplinarity. The research is conducted with a view of advancing towards a circular economy based on responsible consumption and production (goal 12 from a cradle to cradle, closed loop approached).



Drivers: lack of, or unsustainable use of resources (food, water, energy) is a major challenge for a growing population

*Sustainability: environmental, social and economical sustainablility

**Cross-cutting themes f.e. circular economy, ecosystem management and biodiversity, innovation, transdisciplinarity, risk assessment, employability, governance

Climate change, transdisciplinarity, employability, water (fresh and marine), renewable energy, biodiversity, conservation, food security (agri and aqua), circular economy, ecosystem management, innovation (as in developing innovative ideas and solutions), marine litter, waste management, risk assessments, SDGs baselines, food fraud, food safety