The Nexus Platform is enabled by
The Nexus Platform is enabled by
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden
01069 Dresden, Germany
8 Feb 2018
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.
Dr David M. Malone (Rector, UNU, and Under-Secretary-General, United Nations)
Chair: Prof. Karl-Heinz Feger (Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, TU Dresden)
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)
Impulse Statement II
The Nexus Approach in the International Agenda: Consolidation and Diversification
Lucie Pluschke (FAO)
15:00–15:30 Coffee Break
Chair: Prof. Jakob Rhyner (Vice-Rector in Europe, UNU)
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
Assessing and Synthesising Climate-Related Data for Integrated Water-Soil Management in East Africa
Solomon Gebrechorkos (UNU-FLORES/TU-Dresden)
Cycle Management within African Smallholder Farms
Anika Reetsch (UNU-FLORES/TU-Dresden)
Panel Discussion: The Future of Nexus-Oriented Research
Moderator: Dr David M. Malone
Remarks and Presentation of the New Funding Agreement
Recognition of UNU-FLORES Founding
Lecture by Dr Floor Brouwer, Wageningen University & Research at Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, introducing the SIM4NEXUS project, a research and innovation action to support nexus-compliant practices in Europe....
Lecture by Quentin Grafton, chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance
Lecture by Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors’ (AEESP) Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Pedro Alvarez