Nexus News // Archive 2018

Sanitation and Wastewater

Reciclaje de Aguas Residuales // ¿Es el Agua de Reuso la Solución ante la Sequía?

Baja California concentra 57 % de las seis mil 474 hectáreas que se destinan al cultivo de uva para vino en México. Aunque en los últimos años el Valle de Guadalupe se convirtió en un polo de crecimiento para actividades económicas como la gastronomía y el turismo, el Acuífero Guadalupe sigue siendo su única fuente de agua y está sobreexplotado. Este año, el gobierno del estado de Baja California lanzó una licitación para que una empresa se haga cargo de tratar las aguas residuales del municipio...

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Waste treatment

Urban Nexus // Mongolians Gain German Best Practice Experiences on Solid Waste Management and Waste Incineration

In order to cope with vast amounts of household waste, the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, is planning to create an environmentally friendly incineration plant. The National Development Agency is advising the Mongolian Government on technological aspects and respective financing mechanisms. In order to prepare for the tasks ahead, a Mongolian Delegation of the National Development Agency and Ulaanbaatar Municipality were invited to Germany to gain experiences on best practice examples on solid...

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus // Dynamic and Interactive Urban Nexus Trainings in Indonesia

By Ruth Erlbeck, Ralph Trosse, Rashane SalaNgarm. Two back to back workshops were organized end of November 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia: an Urban Nexus Training and a Training of Trainers workshop. The interactive and participatory training introduced specific tools for analyzing urban Nexus challenges and defining influencing factors. The participants gave positive feedback on both parts of the workshops, expressing that the new perspectives and skills are of immense value for the daily work....

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus // Innovative Waste Water Management Workshop on Vacuum Sewer Systems in the United Arab Emirates

By Ruth Erlbeck, Ralph Trosse & Rashane Sala-Ngarm (The Urban Nexus Project). Most cities in Asia and the Middle East face similar issues regarding the collection of wastewater from households and other units. A workshop held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 6 to 7 November 2018, addressed these issues by introducing a specific vacuum waste water collection technology. This technology provides cities with an alternative solution to the conventional gravity system. The...

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus // Training for Urban Challenges in Danang, Vietnam

By Ruth Erlbeck, Ralph Trosse and Rashane Sala-Ngarm. In the framework of the GIZ “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus”, two back to back workshops were conducted in Danang, Vietnam from October 30th to November 2nd 2018. They introduced the Urban Nexus approach to a variety of stakeholders as well as specific tools for analyzing urban challenges embedded in the Global Agendas.

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus // Eighth Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities in Bangkok, Thailand

By Ruth Erlbeck, Ralph Trosse and Rashane Sala-Ngarm. The Eighth Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities was conducted on 14-16 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. It aimed at tapping innovation and broadening stakeholder engagement, particularly with the academic and private sectors, to help build business models for urban nexus initiatives.

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Jobs

Vacancy // Postdoctoral Researcher at Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment

A postdoctoral research position at the intersection of surface hydrology and hydrogeology is available within the newly created Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment. Tropical glacier melt is a significant concern for society in southern Peru. The successful candidate will quantify seasonal precipitation inputs, glacier melt, irrigation runoff, and surface water-­‐ground water interactions across scales in the Arequipa region of Peru. Samples of water will be...

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Climate Change

Nexus Data // Analysis of Data Sources Improves Ability to Respond to Climate Change in East Africa

New research identifies most suitable data sources of climate and hydrological data for data sparse and remote areas in East Africa. This research by UNU-FLORES expert Dr Solomon Gebrechorkos, makes analysing climate trends at high spatial resolution possible and can serve as input for climate projections and impact assessments to improve the water, food, and energy security of millions of people living in East Africa.

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Nexus Blog

Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the US // How Farms Can Tend to the Energy-water Nexus, Reduce Costs and Help Their Communities

By Kate Zerrenner (EDF) and Dylan Dupre (CalCom Energy). Across the US, farmers face unrelenting pressure to conserve both water and energy. From California to Texas, recent droughts and declining groundwater levels require more pumping to provide irrigation water for crops. Pumping water takes energy, as do many other precision agriculture tasks involved in running a successful farm today. This symbiotic relationship between water and energy use – often called the energy-water nexus – is taking...

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Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

What on Earth are Ecosystem Services? // Nexus Seminar on the Concepts, Methods, and Challenges

The idea that nature provides benefits supporting human well-being has been there since time immemorial. With the growing awareness that these benefits are fast depleting, experts have turned their attention to ‘ecosystem services’ as a concept that helps us to better understand the interconnections between humans and nature. In her lecture on 5 November 2018, Karla Locher-Krause presented on “Ecosystem Services in Transformed Landscapes: Concepts, Methods, and Challenges”.

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