Sixth Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus
The Sixth Regional Workshop was organized on 22 and 23 June 2016 in Santa Rosa, Philippines 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 “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.
In the First Phase of the project (2013-2015), the establishment of nexus task forces has enabled the inter-sectorial cooperation of municipal administrations in the partner cities. Peer-to-peer learning has strengthened the regional exchange between the participating cities regarding inter-sectorial experience sharing, exchange of respective best practices, and South-South cooperation. At the same time, transparent and effective action of the public sector and the participation of the civil & private sector in nexus pilot projects have been promoted and practiced. The dissemination of the nexus approach at regional and international level through the lead executing agency UNESCAP and the implementation partner ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) have substantially contributed to a better understanding of its concept, application and benefits.
The BMZ has noted the valuable contribution of the Nexus approach to sustainable development and has commissioned the Second Phase of the “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus” project for a further three years period (2016-2018). The overall objective of Second Phase is “Nexus concepts are being increasingly taken into account in selected Asian cities and by relevant stakeholders.”
Building on the discussions that took place at the previous regional workshops and national dialogues, the Sixth Regional Workshop was organized in Santa Rosa, Philippines with the following objectives:
• Kickstart the Second Phase of the “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus” Project;
• Review and discuss experiences and lessons learnt from the First Phase by the partner cities, and clarify objectives of the Second Phase;
• Recommend measures to integrate the urban nexus initiative in national policies to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III).
• Discuss the governance dimensions of the urban nexus, both within and across municipal boundaries – focusing on adopting clustering at cities (inter communal cooperation) as a framework to promote collaboration and joint infrastructure development among neighboring municipalities.
• 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.