The UNEP Panel on the Sustainable Resource Use (International Resource Panel, IRP) was launched in November 2007. Since the beginning, Prof. Marina Fischer-Kowalski is part of the IRP as the only Austrian Expert. In 2011 the Report “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth” was published, first authored by Marina Fischer-Kowalski and Mark Swilling. In 2015 and 2016 two other reports under the lead of Marina Fischer-Kowalski are published: the report „International Trade in Resources: A biophysical assessment“ was published in October 2015, and the report „Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity“ is published in 2016. In addition, Marina Fischer-Kowalski is part of a Working Group dealing with “resource use scenarios” lead by Prof. Thomas Graedel.
In 2015 and 2016 the following task are worked on:
- Finalization of the Assessment Reports on Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity
- Presentation of the UNEP Reports in Austria by Marina Fischer-Kowalski and a representative of the UNEP
- Preparation and Participation at the UNEP Panel Meeting in Spring 2016
- Evaluation of the Austrian participation in the UNEP IRP in the past 8 years and recommendations for the future