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WWWforEurope Lecture Series


Scenarios of global resource use and

a resource road map for Europe

Marina Fischer-Kowalski & Kurt Kratena



December 17th, 2014, 13:15 – 15:00

WIFO, Arsenal Object 20, 1030 Vienna

The lecture was held in German.


"The two most important changes today regarding resource use are firstly the growing international competition over resources, which is being fanned by the catching-up process of emerging economies like China and India. Secondly we are experiencing an unprecedented increase in prices for natural resources. Both changes produce a radically different economic environment for Europe, in which it can no longer be in a leading position similar to the one it had during the 20th century."

Marina Fischer-Kowalski is professor for social ecology at the Alpen-Adria-Universität as well as founder and long-time director of the Institute of Social Ecology (SEC) in Vienna. Presently she is president of the International Society for Ecological Economics.

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"Global, long-term economic growth is restricted by the availability of natural resources. In the long run, a reduction of resource use is unavoidable. With the help of our new WWWforEurope DYNK model it is possible to research the consequences of resource use reduction and evaluate different political measures. It has become apparent that the regressive effects of some of these measures will need accompanying steps to limit the negative distribution effects."

Kurt Kratena is researcher for environmental economics at WIFO with a special focus on input-output modelling. He is also currently the deputy coordinator of the WWWforEurope project.

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WWWforEurope Lecture Series: Marina Fischer-Kowalski & Kurt Kratena: Scenarios of global resource use from WIFO on Vimeo.

Commentary by Armon Rezai, Vienna University of Economics and Business,
and Friedrich Hinterberger, Sustainable Europe Research Institute

WWWforEurope Lecture Series: Marina Fischer-Kowalski & Kurt Kratena. Commentary from WIFO on Vimeo.


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