Aquatic ecosystem models (AEMs) have been developed and used for decades in the context of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). In recent years a new management paradigm has evolved, partly in parallel, partly seen as a replacement of IWRM. The Nexus Approach to resource management puts emphasis on the trade-offs and synergies between sectors, such as water, energy, and food, and takes a more balanced view on interrelated resources, such as water, soil, and waste. Typical examples of water-related management problems, which have been reconceptualised in a nexus context, include allocation and management of water in transboundary basins or in multipurpose reservoirs. However, nexus-oriented projects and corresponding tools have mainly emphasised the quantitative aspects of the governance and management of resources. Water quality, for example, has received less attention. This might be the main reason why AEMs have, so far, not been considered as nexus tools. Taking a resources perspective on the Nexus Approach will help to integrate the aspects of resources’ quality more prominently in this “holistic” concept. The value of AEMs as nexus tools, as a result, becomes more clear.
At this Nexus Seminar, recent examples of modelling applications for integrated management will be presented. Dr Hülsmann will explore how far the ecosystem perspective was or was not considered and propose avenues for future nexus modelling.
UNU-FLORES in collaboration with the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of TU Dresden is excited to announce the Nexus Seminar Series. The joint seminar series, which launched in 2015, features lectures by senior scholars that highlight all dimensions of research on the Nexus Approach, ranging from hands-on implementation strategies to theoretical debates. The Nexus Seminars serve not only as a platform for scientific exchange and cooperation between UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden but also a medium for the partner institutions to discuss their research with a broader audience.
Taking place once a month, each seminar is open to the public and held alternatingly at UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden.
Please find all past Nexus Seminars here.