Dresden Nexus Conference 2022 (DNC 2022): Biodiversity – Stewardship for Vital Resources

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    Claudia Seiler

    Changes in demographics, urbanisation, and climate have resulted in significant impacts and pressures on the availability and quality of environmental resources. Traditional approaches to environmental resource management often put forward ‘siloed thinking’ whereby the interconnectedness of environmental resources is ignored. Against this background, the Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) is dedicated to advancing a Nexus Approach to the management of environmental resources, particularly water, soil, waste, energy, and other geo-resources. The conference provides a platform for inter- and transdisciplinary exchange on integrated resource management. By bringing together actors from a diverse range of disciplines and sectors, DNC fosters dialogue on how nexus thinking contributes to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    DNC2022 will focus on strengthening biodiversity with other challenges in society (e.g., climate change, urban and regional development, agri-food and forest systems, circular economy).

    Under the theme “Biodiversity – Stewardship for Vital Resources”, the fourth Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) will take place 23–25 May 2022.

    The DNC organisers – UNU-FLORES, Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), and the Leibniz-Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) – develop a diverse programme, including a variety of both conventional and modern session formats to engage with the conference topic. While keynote speeches will provide expert insights, sessions with contributions from international experts will offer a more in-depth look at research and experiences in implementing nexus-oriented strategies for strengthening biodiversity. The programme also offers several opportunities for participants from the academic, political, and civil society sectors as well as the United Nations to engage with each other, network, and exchange experiences.