Co-Organisers: UNU-FLORES, University of Tabriz
In connection with environmental resources management, the term nexus was introduced for the first time during the 1980s. The resources management circles throughout the world have used the nexus concept to explain the interdependencies between different resources ever since. Some examples of these nexuses included water-electricity, water-energy, groundwater-electricity, water-agriculture, and finally water-energy-food (WEF). Especially this last example of WEF Nexus made nexus thinking more popular among the international academia and policy circles in the lead-up to the Bonn2011 conference on the “WEF Security Nexus”. Bonn2011 conference clearly argued that such an approach would result in improved water, energy, and food security by integrating “management and governance across sectors and scales”. It also pointed out that this approach would reduce trade-offs, build synergies, and promote sustainability and provide transition to a green economy.
The dialogue in and after 2011 positively influenced many research and capacity development organisations to take a serious look at the Nexus Approach. Interestingly, the United Nations University established its latest campus UNU-FLORES in Dresden to promote the integrated management of water, soil, and waste based on nexus thinking. Many other research groups and capacity developers also reoriented or finetuned their agendas to include the aspects of Nexus Approach in environmental research management. As of now, there is at least a dozen of leading institutions in Europe and North America working on this topic. Although the main direction is common, there is inherent uniqueness in the work conducted at each of these institutions. While the uniqueness should enrich all ongoing discussions, not being able to send a unified message can sometimes confuse or mislead the followers.
UNU-FLORES believes in a unification of the general message intended by the Nexus Approach. Within this context UNU-FLORES gladly accepted an invitation from the University of Tabriz (UT) in Iran to co-organise a workshop on “Nexus Approach in Environmental Resource Management”. We believe bringing different viewpoints onto one platform is crucial in this exercise. Therefore we decided to involve as many external contributors as possible, in addition to our own from UNU-FLORES.
University of Tabriz