Natural Resource Management
Access, management and control over natural resources are central issues to the livelihoods of people all over the world. The struggle over natural resources can be found at all levels – individual, community, national and international. Natural resources include soil, water resources, geological features and landscapes, native vegetation, native animals and other native organisms and ecosystems. The ecosystems we rely on every day are not infinite. While the Earth is rich in natural resources, our economic and environmental reliance on them is growing and there is an urgent need to better manage their use in a sustainable way. In terms of management, access to water, coastal zones, soils, minerals, forests and seeds play an important role in the way natural resources are handled. Natural resource management promotes the awareness for the connection between environmental systems and the social sciences. It focuses on understanding how decisions are made regarding the use or protection of our natural systems. This understanding includes the knowledge needed to manage human interactions with the natural world in parks and protected areas, natural resource-based organisations, agriculture and food systems.

Sustainability Services
At the Centre, we actively engage our services in better managing parks and recreation, as we believe they play a big role in our society, both to individuals and to ecosystems. We have expert knowledge and skills necessary to manage outdoor recreation areas and recreation users. We have an excellent natural resource administration and management team in which is closely interlinked with many organisations Europe-wide and internationally that engage in developing protection and management systems for the environment. Sustainable agriculture and food systems are central to the well-being of our society and vital to the condition of our environment. The Centre believes this to be a key area where European society has been leading the world in knowledge and practical experience in the developing long-term of sustainable practices. The Centre’s administer regional plans and have a strong focus on community engagement. It relies on the insight and local knowledge to help produce socially, economically and environmentally sustainable outcomes. Research suggests the implementation of the natural resource management reporting provides managers of natural resources with timely and accurate information on the status of natural resources to inform their planning, management and investment decisions. We conduct projects in several parts of the world including Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Italy, Romania, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.

Environmental Impact Assessment: EU Directives
Environmental impact assessment is a procedure that ensures that the environmental implications of decisions are taken into account before the decisions are made. Environmental impact assessment can be undertaken for individual projects (e.g. infrastructure changes like roads and buildings, suburban city planning, transportation routes, etc.), on the basis of Directive 2011/92/EU (known as 'Environmental Impact Assessment' – EIA Directive) or for public plans or programs on the basis of Directive 2001/42/EC (known as 'Strategic Environmental Assessment' – SEA Directive). The common principle of both Directives is to ensure that plans, programs and projects likely to have significant effects on the environment are made subject to an environmental impact assessment, prior to their approval or authorisation. Consultation with the public is a key feature of the assessment process. Further EU Directives information can be found on the European Union Environment website []. The Centre has an expert background and experience in dealing with environmental impact assessment under both Directives.