Fifth Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus
The Fifth Regional Workshop was organized from 17 to 19 June 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand in the context of the project “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus”, implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and ESCAP, and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
In Asia-Pacific it is evident that managing the resource footprint of cities across various ecosystems calls for institutional coordination and other forms of collaboration - which has rarely been evident. The majority of cities/municipal administrations in Asia-Pacific continue to plan and manage along sectoral lines and within municipal boundaries, and rarely in a coordinated and integrative manner. Consequently they are not able to fully utilise the interaction and synergies between water, energy and food security and the potential co-benefits arising from integrated resource management.
The “nexus” approach aims at integrated planning and management processes of the key sectors of energy, water and food, and this can contribute substantially to the long-term sustainable development of rapidly growing cities in their regions. It is crucial, in this context, to involve municipal, subnational, national and supraregional actors and utilities towards more integrated planning and management of the nexus sectors.
Four Regional Workshops have been organized under the project so far, in June and December 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand; in June 2014 in Da Nang, Viet Nam and in December 2014 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Regional workshops provide a platform for exchange of experiences among participating cities and for multi-stakeholder dialogue between cities, national governments, meso level organizations, academia & research institutions, the private sector, networks of cities and international financing organizations.
Building on the discussions that took place at the previous regional workshops and national dialogues, the Fifth Regional Workshop was organized in Chiang Mai, Thailand with the following objectives:
- Review and discuss experiences in participating cities in developing nexus projects.
- Review current policies and programmes in support of Nexus approaches in participating countries, in order to identify the elements of a policy framework to enable urban Nexus initiatives to thrive in the countries.
- Discuss the governance dimensions of the urban nexus, both within and across municipal boundaries.
- Develop policy recommendations for the removal of barriers to the adoption of nexus approaches at the local level and for the institutionalization of the nexus approach into urban planning and management.
- Identify measures to integrate the urban nexus initiative into the emerging post-2015 Development Agenda and the HABITAT III preparatory process and develop recommendations to feed into the regional processes.