SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN will help to coordinate high quality research in the areas of climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials. It will support EU-funded projects that have developed solutions on these issues to test the transferability of their work to the ASEAN region and initiate new and/or more effective cooperation, share knowledge and foster the uptake of research results.
The SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN focuses on climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials issues, aiming to enhance collaboration between researchers in the EU and the ASEAN region in these topics. After meeting many interesting and interested projects from the EU and ASEAN in the pre-cluster meetings, in Brussels and Bangkok respectively, SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN was able to group the projects into two broad thematic clusters: Climate Action & Cities and Natural Resources.
The natural resources cluster involves projects whose focus tends to be on the macroscopic level to strive towards a more efficient use of resources. While covering a number of issues related to natural resources, the projects in this cluster tend to have relatively similar methodological approaches. Considering the rapid growth in the ASEAN region, a more efficient use of natural resources is an imperative to facilitate sustainable development in the region.
The natural resources cluster includes projects operating in a wide range of fields, including climate system analysis and modeling, earth-observation of environmental changes and natural resources, hydrological observation and modeling, river basin management, sustainable farming practices, biodiversity, fisheries and oceans.