National Dialogue on the Urban Nexus in Thailand
The National Dialogue on the Urban Nexus in Thailand will be organized on 19 March 2015 in Bangkok, 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).
Four Regional Workshops have been organized under the project so far which provided an opportunity for city governments to enter into a dialogue with national governments and other relevant stakeholders and discuss the elements of an enabling framework for urban nexus initiatives to thrive. One of the major recommendations from the Fourth Regional Workshop was that nexus approaches can and should be embedded into planning frameworks, at both national and local levels, so they become normative. The key role of cross-sectoral and planning ministries as “natural” partners supporting cities in their nexus approaches was emphasized. The workshop called for new formats of communication and problem solving. In this regard, the dialogue between national and local governments based on concrete case-studies initiated by the project in Philippines was highlighted as a useful example.
Building on the recommendations from the Fourth Regional Workshop and the successful discussions that took place at the first national-local dialogue in Philippines, the national dialogue on the Urban Nexus in Thailand has the following objectives:
1. Create a platform for exchange between and among local governments and the national government, particularly on issues concerning the water, food, and energy sectors.
2. Identify solutions to specific challenges and issues arising from city-level nexus implementation using the cases of Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima.
3. Determine existing and planned initiatives at the national level that cut across the nexus sectors which are relevant to the city-level nexus projects being implemented.