Nexus Region South and South East Asia

South/South East Asia is a geographically diverse and complex region. Although having recorded high economic growth rates, about 60 percent of the population remain undernourished. Climate change and environmental degradation severely impact agriculture and living conditions in many ways, South/South-East Asia being one of the most vulnerable regions to natural disasters. Furthermore, about 60 percent of the urban population worldwide live in this region and approximately 120,000 people migrate towards the cities every day. Due to the rapid growth of cities, the management of natural resources and securing the population's basic requirements for water, energy and food is one of the region’s most critical challenges. Integrated planning and management of the key sectors is crucial to sustain economic growth and provide access to services, especially to the increasing urban population.

Nexus News for South and Southeast Asia

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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Events on the Nexus in South and Southeast Asia

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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Conferences, Forums and Symposiums

2018 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy

The Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy is the largest annual knowledge-sharing event in the Greater Mekong. It presents research-based evidence to non-governmental organisations, policy-makers, the private sector, and development agencies. It does this through carefully designed and facilitated dialogues.

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Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (logo)
Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Session // Asia Focus - Tackling the Water-Energy-Ecosystems-Food Nexus

This session will examine all four aspects of the Nexus and attempt to uncover the complex nature of the Water, Energy, Ecosystems, Food Nexus. Each aspect of the Nexus will be discussed individually, to contribute to a greater conversation concerning pathways to greater cooperation between sectors.

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Implementation and Case Studies

Case Study Thailand // How Chiang Mai’s Wastewater Utility is Building Capacity on Sustainable and Innovative Solutions to reduce its Carbon Footprint.

This case is part of a case study series, where the Water-Energy-Climate Nexus approach supports the transition towards a more sustainable and low-carbon urban management. In the city of Chiang Mai, the WaCCliM project supports the Wastewater Management Authority (WMA) in assessing opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint. A baseline study identified the leaks of untreated wastewater, caused by fractured pipes in the wastewater collection system, as the main source of greenhouse gas (GHG)...

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Implementation and Case Studies

Science Forum 2018 Case Study // Promoting Solar Irrigation Service Providers in Ganga Basin

By Tushaar Shah, Gyan Prakash Rai, Shilp Verma, and Neha Durga. It is widely recognised that the provision of irrigation can help millions of smallholder farmers intensively cultivate their small parcels to improve income and better cope with climate induced uncertainties. This is particularly true for Africa and parts of South Asia where the fortunes of millions of poor farmers continue to depend heavily on rain fed agriculture. The challenge is to expand irrigation access to the largest number...

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Node and Regime // Interdisciplinary Analysis of Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Mekong Region

By Tira Foran. Understanding complex phenomena such as the water-energy-food nexus (resource nexus) requires a more holistic, interdisciplinary inquiry. Spurred by a sense of imbalance in approaches to the nexus dominated by integrated assessment/complex systems methodologies, the author reexamines the findings and recommendations of a major nexus research-for-development project in the Mekong region.

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Implementation and Case Studies

Water-Food-Energy-Environment Synergies and Tradeoffs // Major Issues and Case Studies

By Peter G. McCornick, Seleshi B. Awulachew and Michael Abebe. Using both a brief global overview as well as a closer review of four case studies from India, Ethiopia, Jordon and the USA, this paper tries to (i) a present the nature of the tradeoffs under different hydrological, energy, agricultural and environmental contexts and (ii) provide some anecdotal evidence and illustrative cases for the available policy options for minimizing conflicts but maximizing synergies between water, energy,...

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