The “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus” project implemented by GIZ in partnership with ESCAP and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), will end July 2019. This final workshop on 22-23 May 2019, highlighted six years of successful implementation by cities advancing innovative, integrated resource management solutions. The “nexus” approach aims to integrate planning and management processes of the energy, water and food/land sectors, minimizing trade-offs and optimizing synergies.
The Project organized nine regional workshops: June and December 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand; June 2014 in Da Nang, Viet Nam; November 2014 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; June 2015 in Chiangmai, Thailand; June 2016 in Santa Rosa, Philippines; July 2017 in Tanjungpinang, Indonesia; November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand; and May 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. These events provided a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on the urban nexus approach and sharing of best practices between cities, regional/provincial and national governments. Meso level organizations, the private sector, international financing organizations, and academia were also engaged.
The ninth and concluding regional workshop took stock of the lessons, outcomes and feedback from partner cities’ experiences, drawing from the regional workshops and dialogues, outreach events, study tours, peer-to-peer exchanges and trainings the Project hosted. This final workshop commemorated the achievements of the Urban Nexus Project, while fostering a way forward to sustain and expand the momentum and benefits to other countries and cities. Teachers and students from primary and secondary schools, colleges, training institutes and universities discussed ways to incorporate integrated approaches into their curricula and teaching to help increase momentum to advance the nexus approach. Experts and practitioners shared selected infrastructure solutions, addressing financing and policy transformations the Urban Nexus approach can achieve. Local and national government officials presented information on how the urban nexus approach contributes to achievement of global agendas.
The target audience included local, sub-national and national government officials from the Urban Nexus Project cities and countries involved with public works and urban planning, energy, water, wastewater, solid waste, finance and the International Agendas; educators and students to help take ideas forward; representatives of city networks, international organizations, international financing institutions, academic organizations, private sector enterprises and other relevant stakeholders with an interest in integrated resource management; and officials with exposure and responsibilities for policymaking on national implementation of SDGs and climate change. This diverse group of participants exchanged ideas on how to take the nexus approach forward, beyond the Project’s closure.