Mankind is currently consuming the world’s resources at an unprecedented rate. The use of these resources places increasing pressure on ecosystems and changes our environment from local to global scales, for example through the harvesting of forests, the damning of rivers, or the burning of fossil fuels. Some environmental changes threaten our natural support systems and future developments may be associated with more risks. Therefore, the sustainable use of resources and sustainable development of societies are amongst the most important goals in international, national, and regional governance approaches.
In the six research areas of the Graduate School ESGC, academic members and doctorate students alike aim to contribute to the identification and analysis of environmental and societal issues and problems related to global change, analyse and develop mitigation and adaptation strategies to global change, and play a part in the advancement of concepts and strategies for the sustainable development of societies and the sustainable use of natural resources.
The Graduate School started in October 2008 and is hosted by the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg. It is supported by
the International Graduate Academy of the University Freiburg (IGA) and the STIBET Doctoral Funding of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The objective of the graduate school is to improve the support for doctoral students and to enhance research in specified areas through disciplinary and interdisciplinary cooperation and exchange.