The Urban Nexus

The 21st century is the century of rapid urbanisation. Already today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it is expected to be two thirds. These people, with their basic requirements of water, energy and food, will determine future global resource consumption. Ensuring the supply of growing populations and their changing consumption patterns within global boundaries is a challenging task. The urban supply needs already exceed the capacities of the surrounding rural areas in many cases. Isolated sector planning is therefore no longer feasible. Instead, integrated and holistic approaches are crucial to overcome trade-offs and create synergies for sustainable urban development. This is what the Urban Nexus Approach seeks to achieve in order to contribute to greater resource efficiency.

News on the Urban Nexus

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Vacancy // Research Assistant at TU Berlin in SUGI Programme

Technical University (TU) Berlin, Faculty VI - Institute of Ecology/Ecohydrology and Landscape Evaluation, is looking for a research assistant for supporting the EU project "Vertical Green 2.0" im Programm Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus".

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Sanitation and Wastewater

The Urban Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Three Mini Case Studies

By Robert C. Brears. With rising demand for water, energy, and food, leading cities and water utilities have created synergies between the water-energy-food nexus sectors while reducing trade-offs in the development of a green economy.

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus // Innovative Municipal Solid Waste Management Training on Maximum Yield Technology (MYT)

By Ruth Erlbeck, Ralph Trosse and Rashane Sala Ngarm (The Urban Nexus Project). When it comes to solid waste treatment, most cities in Asia face similar problems, such as increasing amounts of waste. To find solutions for these challenges, GIZ conducted the "Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus" workshop to introduce the Maximum Yield Technology - a mechanical biological treatment technology that has proved successful in Germany and is applicable to the Asian context.

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Vacancy // Nexus Research Associate at Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

Within the framework of the project "Globally and Locally-sustainable Food-Water-Energy Innovation in Urban Living Labs (GLOCULL)", this vacancy is part of the subproject "Conducting Reaper Experiments in Urban Spaces".

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Events on the Urban Nexus

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7th WaterLinks Forum // Solving Asia’s Urban Water Crisis: The WaterFood-Energy-Climate Change Nexus

This forum is designed to provide urban water managers and policy makers with insights on the interdependence of water, food, and energy in an uncertain, but adverse, climate environment. These are expected to form the basis of integrated solutions to the worsening water crisis in urban Asia.

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Sustainable Development Goals // GIZ Urban Nexus and Mongolian National Development Agency Sign Memorandum of Understanding

By Ruth Erlbeck and Ralph Trosse. On July 3rd 2018 the “Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: the Urban Nexus project" signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mongolian National Development Agency (NDA) to cooperate in the area of implementation of the SDGs concentrating on the “Nexus” sectors of water, energy and food security.

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SDGs

HLP 2018 Side Event // Addressing Resilience through the Nexus of Water-Food-Energy – Cities as SDG Laboratories

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be achieved if they are pursued in an integrated manner. The way cities and human settlements are designed, planned, built, financed and governed has far-reaching implications for a life of dignity for all people and for the sustainable future of our planet. Globally, cities are increasingly recognised as transformative development actors, and their relevance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is acknowledged as not...

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Kick Off Meeting // The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)

JPI Urban Europe and Belmont Forum invite all projects funded in the SUGI (Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiatives) Food-Water-Energy Nexus call and representatives from involved funding agencies to a projects kick-off meeting in London on June 11 - 12, 2018.

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Resources on the Urban Nexus

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Special Issue // Systems Thinking and Urban Water Cycle Management

Equitable social, economic and environmental management of water resources and ecosystem services is central to planning for a world challenged by population growth and an increasingly variable climate. The evolution of urban areas to accommodate growing populations and in response to economic development results in profound changes to the natural water cycle and creates a modified urban water cycle. Among these, the Urban Nexus can be one answer to sustainable, future-proof water management.

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Project // Globally and LOCally-sustainable food-water-energy innovation in Urban Living Labs (GLOCULL)

The GLOCULL project therefore aims to develop an Urban Living Lab approach for innovations in the FWE nexus that are locally and globally sustainable.

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Project // The FEW-Meter - An Integrative Model to Measure and Improve Urban Agriculture, Shifting it towards Circular Urban Metabolism

This project will ask farmers to measure the efficiency of urban agriculture case studies in five developed countries by quantifying usage of energy, water and other resources as well as production of produce and compost.

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RESNexus Project // Resilience and Vulnerability at the Urban Nexus

This project is investigating resilience and vulnerability at the urban nexus of food, water, energy and the environment. Dubbed ResNexus for short, the project team, which includes partners at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and University of São Paulo in Brazil will examine how vulnerabilities within urban communities are constructed by through trade-offs and aggravations at the food, water and environment nexus, in three mid-sized highly-dynamic cities in East Africa (Kampala),...

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