The South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS²) is an interdisciplinary research institute aimed at contributing substantially to the production of knowledge and capacity building in processes and mechanisms that determine the sustainability of ecosystem services, key to determining human well-being.
It was designed to generate critical insights allowing South America to build sustainable futures. It seeks integration across a broad range of innovative approaches, combining disciplinary domains (social, natural and exact sciences), knowledge, and art and science interactions.
The construction and operation of SARAS2 seeks to promote and support the networking and collaborative work, through space and facilities for workshops, courses and academic activities.
It is a joint initiative between the University of Wageningen (Netherlands), the University of the Republic (Uruguay), Resillience Alliance (USA), the Ministry of Education and Culture (Uruguay) and Maldonado Municipal Government (Uruguay).
It is directed by a Scientific Council and a Board of Administration, the latter belonging to the organizational structure of SARAS2 Foundation.
Every year the SARAS Institute prepares an Annual Report with information about projects, scientific activities, main research areas and networks, graduate and postgraduate courses, publications, and other information.