Prof. Phoebe Koundouri founded the Research laboratory on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability (ReSEES) in June 2016. The ReSEES laboratory is the outcome of the evolution of the Research Team on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability.
ReSEES does policy relevant interdisciplinary research on environmental, natural resources and energy issues. The overarching goal of ReSEES theoretical and empirical research is to support the understanding and implementation of Sustainable Development.
Central to ReSEES laboratory mission is the pursuit of excellence in the conduct and presentation of research and a commitment to explore relevant environmental, natural resources and energy, issues for a variety of circumstances and stakeholders and across different temporal and spatial scales.
Research tools include financial analysis, socio-economic and econometric analysis, environmental valuation, political and institutional analysis, integrated environmental-economic modeling, life cycle analysis, risk analysis, geographical information systems, game theory, information technology decision making tool development.
The UN SDSN 4-Seas Initiative
Global changes, especially climate change consist a permanent threat for the future health of the ocean and seas. Marine ecosystems degradation, pollution and overexploitation puts under risk the flows of benefits for the human health and wellbeing that depend on ocean and seas. While at the same time ocean and human health interaction are still understudied.
The UN SDSN 4-Seas Project aims at Mobilizing Science Driven Sustainable Blue Growth in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea and facing the challenge of protecting the future state of global oceans by providing a Sustainability Transition Plan, which will eliminate degradation and raise awareness on the benefits of the Oceans.
The ocean and seas cover more than 70% of the planet’s surface, regulate the Earth’s climate, produce a large proportion of the oxygen in our atmosphere and are the major source of food proteins for over a billion people. However, the ocean and seas are increasingly affected by global changes, including climate change, while degraded marine ecosystems are under persistent and growing risk of further damage from microbiological and chemical pollution, overexploitation, and climate change. The interactions between ocean and human health are numerous, complex and yet largely unknown to the major part of the public, the stakeholders and the scientific community.
The initiative is led by SDSN Greece and SDSN Black Sea. These two partners have already joined their forces towards the achievement of SDGs working on projects related to sustainable shipping and management of marine resources, marine litter, education and training.
The aims of “4-Seas initiative” are the following:
1) RESEARCH: To develop and support sustainable growth pathways in coastal and marine sectors, from source to sea. Plans to manage the land-coastal -sea ecosystems interactions and reduce conflicts from land-based, coastal and sea-based activities
2) REPOSITORY: To create an open-access data-base with relevant: research and innovation projects, policies and stakeholders of the 4-seas project region.
3) INNOVATION: To incentivize innovation to facilitate the sustainability transition in the region of the 4-seas project through our collaboration with the Innovation Community and EIT Climate KIC
4) INTEGRATION OF LAND – SEA – COASTAL POLICY FRAMEWORK: The project is in line with the Agenda 2030 and three more European Policy Initiatives and Directives and aims to develop policy alternatives that will combine their objectives. Specifically, is aligned with SDG 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development as well as SDG 6, 13, 15. Is also in line with Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC to achieve GES for EU’s marine waters, protect the resource base upon which marine-related activities depend. Is aligned with Maritime Spatial Planning Directive 2014/89/EU on reducing conflicts and encouraging investment and cross-border cooperation as well as with the European Blue Growth Initiative on sustainable growth of marine and maritime sectors.
Ongoing UN SDSN Greece Blue Projects:
Past UN SDSN Greece Blue Projects in the last 5 years:
The presentation of the UNSDSN 4-Seas Initiative can be found here.