The 9th Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus marked the end of a 6-year success story of integrated resource management in 12 cities in South and South East Asia. The Urban Nexus project was implemented by GIZ in partnership with UNESCAP and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).  The workshop, held on 22-23 May 2019 was attended by more than 100 delegates from project countries including India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Also in attendance were non-project country participants from the Nexus Regional Dialogue in the MENA region and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC)

In his welcome remarks, Dr. Alexander Raubold, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, said: “A lot has been achieved in the six years of intensive collaboration between the 12 Nexus partner cities and the 7 Nexus partner countries. More than 55 cross-sectoral Nexus infrastructure investment projects amounting to more than USD 600 million have been elaborated and presented to respective financing organizations such as national governments and donors. Smaller investment projects below USD 1 million have been taken up by the Municipalities and financed within their own budgets.”

The two-day workshop featured multi-stakeholders dialogue on successful implementation by cities advancing innovative, integrated resource management solutions through the application of the Nexus approach. This aims to integrate the planning and management processes of the energy, water and food/land sectors, minimizing trade-offs and optimizing synergies.  Best practices between cities, regional/provincial and national governments, meso-level organizations, the private sector, international financing organizations, and academia were shared. Linking the activities with the Global Agendas such as the SDG’s and the Paris Climate Agreement was also emphasized.

With the conclusion of Urban Nexus project, Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and Executive Director of ICLEI South Asia, pushed away the worries, stating that “this is not the end but the beginning of Nexus. It is just about to unfold.”

Excerpt from the article, Safeguarding finite water-energy-land resources for future generations by: Ruth Erlbeck, (GIZ Project Integrated Resource Management in Asian cites: the Urban Nexus, published at www.thai-german-cooperation.info/en_US/)

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