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Urban Nexus

Urban Nexus // The Contribution of Innovation in Urban Resilience and Sustainability to Realizing the Urban Nexus

By Nicholas You. The purpose of this article is to look at lessons learned from a unique snapshot of case studies in urban innovation from different regions and contexts. The case studies share one thing in common: they were peer reviewed and selected by an independent panel of experts from more than two hundred initiatives submitted for the 2014 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. The thematic areas of the finalists for 2014 very much reflect the real-world challenges facing cities today. Unambiguously topping the list, and as the urban world’s premier concern, are nine cities that are seeking ways and means to protect themselves and others against the ravages of climate change. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a preliminary overview of some of these city initiatives as a contribution to further analysis and discussion of how the urban Nexus can help make our cities and metro-regions more resilient and sustainable.

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Nicholas You is a veteran urban specialist and thought leader. He is a former chairman of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee, the Assurance Group for Urban Infrastructure of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and is currently the Chair of the Urban Strategy and Innovation Council for GDF-Suez. He also serves as a member of the board of Citiscope, the Huairou Commission and the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, and he is a fellow of the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation and the Centre for Livable Cities, Singapore.

Published

2016

In

The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and an agenda for action. Edited by Felix Dodds and Jamie Bartram. London, New York 2016, pp. 93-104

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Peace and conflict

Project // Improving Security and Climate Resilience in a fragile Context through the Water-Energy and Food Security Nexus (Frexus)

The Frexus project fosters cross-sectoral and integrated approaches in resource management, within local communities in Mali, Niger and Chad that are faced with the consequences of resource scarcity and climate change. The vicious cycle of resource scarcity, competition, conflict and instability currently challenging many communities, can be turned into a virtuous cycle of resilience, sustainable resources management, cooperation and security. Frexus (Nexus in Fragile contexts) aims at providing...

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Infographics

Pocket Flyer // Water, Energy and Food for All A Nexus Approach

The 2017 BMZ Water Strategy, with its six intersectoral strategies, is a binding basis for German Development Cooperation and integrates cross-sectoral thinking for economically sustainable, integrated and climatefriendly development. The Water, Agriculture and Energy Nexus is one of six intersectoral strategies, highlighting the need to achieve water, energy and food security for well-being.

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Governance

Publication // What-If: An Open-Source Decision Support Tool for Water Infrastructure Investment Planning within the Water–Energy–Food–Climate Nexus

By Raphaël Payet-Burin, Mikkel Kromann, Silvio Pereira-Cardenal, Kenneth Marc Strzepek and Peter Bauer-Gottwein. This paper presents a new open-source hydro-economic optimization model, incorporating in a holistic framework, representations of the water, agriculture, and power systems. The model represents the joint development of Nexus related infrastructure and policies and evaluates their economic impact, as well as the risks linked to uncertainties in future climate and socio-economic...

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