Complex by nature, it is virtually impossible for a single institute to cover all aspects of researching and implementing the Water-Soil-Waste Nexus. Advancing a Nexus Approach to managing these resource requires working within a network of partners, a strategy being generally adopted by UNU and UN organizations given their global mandate.
Building and sustaining strategic partnerships is fundamental for UNU-FLORES in its role both as a think-tank for the UN System and Member State. The Institute has developed a vibrant and diverse network both locally and internationally that together covers numerous aspects of the nexus approach to managing water, soil and waste.
Hosted in Germany, supported both at the federal level and by the Free State of Saxony, UNU-FLORES maintains a close relationship with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts.
The Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) has been an important strategic partner since the establishment of UNU-FLORES. The partnership has been institutionalized through a framework agreement, under which various joint activities are implemented such as the joint doctoral degree programme and the co-organization of the Dresden Nexus Conference. In addition, UNU-FLORES is cooperating in particular with the Faculty of Environmental Sciences on various joint research projects.
To date, the Institute has entered into partnerships with numerous entities from local (Dresden and the region) to global. Institutionalized partnerships have been established with
In addition, UNU-FLORES has in recent years worked on various occasions with Future Earth, German Committee, Global Water Partnership (GWP), International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and further international universities and research organizations.
Concerning cooperation with Member States, the Institute takes a client-perspective, asking what a Member State would hope to receive when aiming at managing its environmental resources in a sustainable way. So far UNU-FLORES has entered into agreements on specific activities with
Being part of the UN family of organizations, UNU-FLORES maintains close working relations with various UN organizations covering certain aspects of the Water-Soil-Waste Nexus, particularly
Jointly with UNU-INWEH (see below), UNU-FLORES also acts as UNU focal point at UN Water, a coordination mechanism of various UN and non-UN organizations.
Finally, we cooperate closely within UNU; regular joint activities are being undertaken with