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5th Anniversary Symposium // From Isolation to Integration: Five Years of Research on the Water-Waste-Soil Nexus

Five years after its founding, UNU-FLORES in Dresden invite guests to look at the current state of affairs of research on the Nexus Approach and what UNU-FLORES’s role will continue to be in shaping it in the next five years.

Where and when

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden
Marta-Fraenkel-Saal
Lingnerplatz 1
01069 Dresden, Germany

8 Feb 2018
13:30-20:00

About

The United Nations University (UNU) and the German Federal Government recognised early on the importance of expanding the emerging field of integrated environmental resources management for advancing sustainable development. Joining forces with the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) and the Government of the Free State of Saxony, they established the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) on 10 December 2012 in Dresden. The mission of the new institute was to consider an integrated “linked cycle management” of environmental resources, in particular water, soil, and waste, taking up the nexus concept put forward at the Bonn2011 conference. As a hub for integrated resources management, the Institute advances research and initiatives that elaborate in particular on the science-policy interface and the implementation of a Nexus Approach to environmental resource management with a focus on developing countries.

One such perspective is the resource-orientation of UNU-FLORES, addressed in various initiatives and in the Joint PhD Programme on Integrated Management of Water, Soil, and Waste with TU Dresden. The results achieved thus far in ongoing research projects showcase how global issues arising from climate change, urbanisation, and land-use changes are addressed in specific case studies.

The Symposium will look at nexus-related research from various perspectives. Starting with two impulse statements reflecting on the conceptual context in which UNU-FLORES was established and on the evolving nexus discussions of the past five years, the research approach pursued will be outlined and exemplified with selected research projects.

An outlook will emerge from a panel discussion involving partners and key actors in the nexus community.

Please note that this event is by invitation only.

Programme

13:30

Welcome
Dr David M. Malone (Rector, UNU, and Under-Secretary-General, United Nations)

Session A: Conceptualising Nexus Research

Chair: Prof. Karl-Heinz Feger (Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, TU Dresden)

13:40-14:15 
Impulse Statement I 
The Need for Nexus-Related Research: Reflections from a Founder-Perspective on UNU-FLORES
Prof. János Bogárdi/Prof. Peter Krebs (TU Dresden)

14:20-14:55 
Impulse Statement II 
The Nexus Approach in the International Agenda: Consolidation and Diversification
Lucie Pluschke (FAO)

15:00–15:30 Coffee Break

Session B: Research on the Nexus of Resources

Chair: Prof. Jakob Rhyner (Vice-Rector in Europe, UNU)

15:30-16:00 
State of the Science and Practice of the Water-Soil-Waste Nexus
Dr Kai Schwärzel (UNU-FLORES)

Launch of 5th Anniversary Report: From Isolation to Integration

16:00-16:20 
Assessing and Synthesising Climate-Related Data for Integrated Water-Soil Management in East Africa 
Solomon Gebrechorkos (UNU-FLORES/TU-Dresden)

16:20-16:40 
Cycle Management within African Smallholder Farms
Anika Reetsch (UNU-FLORES/TU-Dresden)

16:45-18:00
Panel Discussion: The Future of Nexus-Oriented Research

Moderator: Dr David M. Malone

Panellists:

  • Dr Reza Ardakanian (Founding Director, UNU-FLORES)
  • Prof. Edeltraud Günther (TU Dresden)
  • Prof. Wim van Vierssen (KWR Water Cycle Research Institute)
  • Prof. Bancy Mati (Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT))
  • Ms Lucie Pluschke (FAO)

Remarks:

  • Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen (Rector, TU Dresden)

Reception and Vernissage of the Nexus Approach Exhibition

18:30

Remarks and Presentation of the New Funding Agreement

  • Mr Uwe Gaul (State Secretary, Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research, and the Arts)
  • Mr Frithjof A. Maennel, MinDirig. (Head of the Directorate for International Cooperation, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

Recognition of UNU-FLORES Founding

  • Director Dr Reza Ardakanian (Minister of Energy, Islamic Republic of Iran)
  • Prof. Rattan Lal (Chair of International Advisory Committee, UNU-FLORES)

More Information

UNU FLORES website

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