Highlights of presentations at International Nexus Kick-off Workshop

  • 2013/12/02     Dresden, Germany

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    The International Kick-off Workshop on advancing a nexus approach to the sustainable management of Water, Soil and Waste aimed to provide an update on existing nexus initiatives, and provide an opportunity to discuss achievements and gaps in research and capacity development. Divided into four sessions, the contributors to the workshop addressed opportunities, challenges, research and education as well as institutional arrangements.

    For each session, key questions were elaborated beforehand and answered by several presenters. Below, you can find some of the key questions as well as links to some of the presentations that addressed these questions. The full list of presentations.

    dsc_0751-150x150One of the questions approached in session 1 was to determine the importance of adopting a nexus approach with respect to the elaboration of sustainable development goals and the post-2015 development agenda. Another question in session 1 was to identify the benefits of adopting a nexus approach and how to define and quantify these.
    Those questions were addressed in session 1 by:

    Sunday Leonard (UN Environmental Programme)
    Graham Alabaster (UN-HABITAT)

    In session 2, one of the questions debated by the participants was: Will global change increase the pressure to bring about integrated management approaches or rather increase competition between sectors? Another key question addressed in this session was whether current management approaches adequately address implications of climate change. Amongst others, these questions were addressed in the presentations of:
    Rattan Lal (Carbon Management & Sequestration Centre, Ohio State University)
    Danka Thalmeinerova (Global Water Partnership)
    Stefan Uhlenbrook (UNESCO-IHE)

    dsc_1228-150x150One of the key questions structuring session 3 was to identify best practices in establishing integrated and interdisciplinary research programmes given the often sectoral approach of donors. Another question that stood at the centre of this session was: What key issues and topics need to be addressed in a nexus curriculum?
    Those questions were addressed in session 3 by:
    Pay Drechsel (IWMI)
    Christian Bernhofer (TUD)

    dsc_0714-150x150In session 4, one of the main questions was which institutional structures and mechanisms have proven helpful for implementing integrated and cross-sectoral management strategies. Another question focusing on a related aspect was how effective are inter-institutional/ministerial/organizational mechanisms in implementing integrative approaches?
    These and other questions were addressed in the presentations of:
    –  Joachim von Braun (Center for Development Research, University of Bonn)
    –  Mario Suardi (Consultant)