UNU-FLORES’ Special Session at the “Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus” Conference

  • 2014/05/28     Bonn, Germany

    wef-conferenceThe conference “Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. Synergies and Trade-offs: Governance and Tools at various Scales” was held on 19-20 May 2014 in Bonn, Germany. The conference addressed the linkages across key natural resource sectors with the aim to bring together available information, identify knowledge and action gaps, share lessons on viable instruments and approaches, facilitate networks, and improve consensus on priorities for appropriate investment and action by different actors and stakeholders in advancing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.  Approximately 200 participants attended the conference.

    UNU-FLORES played an active role in the conference by organizing the special session “Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus – An Environmental Resource Perspective”.  Thirty people participated in the session where the Academic Officers of UNU-FLORES presented the following:

    Dr. Stephan Hülsmann Nexus in practice- a systems analysis approach
    Dr. Mari Ito Water Resources Management from a Nexus perspective
    Dr. Kai Schwärzel Neglecting the Soil-Water Nexus hampers the sustainable regional development in NW China
    Prof. Dr. Hiroshan Hettiarachchi Open Dumps to Nexus approach: Historical evolution of waste management
    Dr.Mathew Kurian Governing the Nexus

    The Nexus of resources, namely water, soil and waste was highlighted in the talks given by the Academic Officers of UNU-FLORES.  It was shown that taking the nexus approach may in fact reduce trade-offs and increase synergies among stakeholders. The subsequent discussions were fruitful and constructive, and it was acknowledged that the integrated management of water, soil and waste may play an important role in overcoming the sectoral thinking.  For additional information about the conference, the programme can be found under http://wef-conference.gwsp.org/index.php?id=328.