Sustainable Development

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Who is Dr. Mario Lucas?

dr_mario_lucas_1_webDr. Lucas ( is a senior analyst and project coordinator focusing on an efficient use of natural resources. He can build on more than five years of experience in China where he successfully coordinated and implemented projects. Optimising small and medium-scale energy supply systems as well as supporting a sustainable water resource management are among his expertise.

Dr. Lucas studied Applied Geography and Economics and graduated from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. His main research focus was on regional economic development, economic promotion, environmental changes and renewable energies. During his academic studies he worked for technology-based economic promotion agencies. Joining the international Medical Technology TZ NRW project e.g. gave him the unique opportunity to acquaint himself with all the needs for a successful project management.

In 2005 Dr. Lucas met german and chinese experts in Beijing, Shanghai, Ningbo and Hangzhou for comprehensive interviews concerning Chinas environmental burden, its risks and countermeasures as well as the specific contribution of foreign experts. Shortly after he was invited to join the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in Beijing – Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resource Research – as a guest researcher and project assistant. The sino-italian project took centre of in-depth studies on the environmental impact of household energy consumption in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Until 2008 he extended his project activities on further rural regions, including the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the Province of Shandong. At the same time he built up very fruitful relationship with the Institute of Botany (CAS).

On behalf of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ, 2008-2010) Dr. Lucas worked as a project manager at the Centre for Sustainable and Environmental Sanitation as a unit of the University of Sciences and Technology in Beijing. Heading the task force Biomass he was responsible for numerous field studies, in particular feasibility studies. All surveys have been conducted with the objective of improved material and energy flows. As a further objective was capacity Building Dr. Lucas together with further senior experts intucted Bachelor and Master students into the basics of a successful project management. In this working environmet he could establish many contacts and hence built up an extensive network of researchers, businessmen, politicians etc.

Since 2011 Dr. Lucas has been working as freelance accessing many of his contacts and experiences. His activities include projects on sustainability as well as new publications. One of his most fascinating projects at present is about a more efficient use of agricultural waste in the urban hinterland of Taian, Province of Shandong. Once more Dr. Lucas took over the challenging and great role of a projct coordinator.