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Water is an essential part of our lives. Not only water quality but also its quantity and availability are important to society. Besides water quality improvement - or attainment of good water body status - our basic research topics therefore also include floods and droughts: events that have recently afflicted the Czech Republic. Further increase in the importance of these issues can be expected due to climate change. Solutions to problems in the area of water management are not technical only, but are connected with a number of socio-economic, institutional and political questions. Who is in charge of the implementation? What tools are efficient and effective? How to set water collection charges and water prices to be motivational? How to set functioning cooperation in water management? The IREAS scientific team searches for answers to such and many more questions.

Waste is a major issue for today’s society. An end to landfilling, zero waste and circular economy are just some of the terms you can hear every day. How to handle waste efficiently? How to involve the public? Our experts deal with waste economics, particularly assessment of regulatory instruments, which help optimise the waste management system and thus reduce their environmental impact. More specifically, attention is paid to organic waste and institutional settings for its sorting and reuse.

Nature has been hitting its limits at present, including due to human activity. On the other hand, nature (in and outside cities) has significant effects on our quality of life, because it provides society with numerous benefits, known as ecosystem services. They include water retention in the landscape, cooling of urban microclimates and air quality regulation. However, it is not easy to express their value lucidly, which is one of the reasons why they tend to be overlooked in many strategic and political decision-making processes. Is investment in nature-based measures in cities worthwhile? What instruments can motivate land owners to provide society with more ecosystem services? Can certain services be subject to so-called ecosystem service payments? What is the role of civil society in nature protection? These are some of the questions that our team tries to answer as part of its research activity.