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UNU-FLORES NEWSLETTER
2017/03
Dear Readers,

When we last connected, UNU-FLORES was on the cusp of the Dresden Nexus Conference 2017. We have seen hundreds of participants from all over the world come and go. But the knowledge, experience, and discussions they shared with us remain, and are continually inspiring our activities and projects. For those who also want to be inspired, you can download all Powerpoint presentations, flip through our Flickr gallery, and watch all plenary sessions in full-length!

Since then, we have convened the annual meeting of our International Advisory Committee, launched our newest book on Multifunctional Land-Use Systems, and paved the way for an active autumn. In the coming months, you will have the opportunity to engage with UNU-FLORES staff at World Water Week 2017 and COP 13 of the UNCCD. To our local audience, come see us at TEDxDresden and join us for an Open House in honour of our five-year anniversary to our local colleagues on UN Day 2017.

We hope to see many of you at one of these events and, of course, on Facebook and Twitter.

Best regards,
Reza Ardakanian
Director, UNU-FLORES

 

PHD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Apply for Joint PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste

Deadline: 31 August 2017

UNU-FLORES and the Technische Universität Dresden invite applications from graduates in engineering, social sciences, and natural sciences for our joint PhD Programme. The deadline for applications is 31 August 2017. Read More >>

 

WORLD WATER WEEK 2017

Addressing “Water and Waste – Reduce and Reuse” at Exhibition and Seminars

27 August–1 September 2017 | Stockholm, Sweden

UNU-FLORES joins experts, practitioners, decision makers, business innovators, and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries in Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking, and develop solutions to the most-pressing water-related challenges of today. Read More >>

 

OPEN HOUSE AT UNU-FLORES

UN Day Dresden 2017: Celebrating 5 Years as a UN Host City

24 October 2017 | Venue: UNU-FLORES, Dresden, Germany

To honour Dresden’s five-year anniversary as a UN Host City, UNU-FLORES will organise an Open House on UN Day. With an interactive programme, visitors will learn about the work of the United Nations University and UNU-FLORES straight from UNU Staff. Read More >>

NEWS

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017: It Comes Down to the People


From 17 to 19 May, UNU-FLORES, TU Dresden, and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) organised the second edition of the conference in the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum Dresden. For the former Hungarian Ambassador to the United Nations and co-chair of the Open Working Group on SDGs, Csaba Kőrösi, the meeting is the best forum on the subject in Europe. Read More >>
 

Fourth International Advisory Committee Session: UNU-FLORES Going Strong in its Fifth Year

Over the course of two days (3–4 July), the UNU Rector and International Advisory Committee members met with academic and support staff to discuss the work and strategic plans of UNU-FLORES and provide guidance for the next twelve months. Read More >>
 

Capitalising Nature? The Nexus Approach for a Green Economy

Many politicians and economists would agree with quantifying the value of nature. However, making this work in practice is neither as easy nor simple as it sounds. Read More >>
 

Too Many Indicators and Indices Make Monitoring Water Quality a Murky Business

Accurate water quality measurement is a preliminary step in environmental management and policymaking processes. But how do we monitor water quality? Read More >>
 

First Chance at Having Research Work Applied to Impact Communities

In this new interview series, we feature the young brilliant minds – our interns – that have played a big part in many of our activities and events. Read More >>
 

The Governance of Complex Problems: Addressing Poor Water Quality in Germany

The failure to achieve a good quality of water is often ascribed to the complexity of the problem. But what does this mean exactly? When is a problem complex, and how does this complexity effect governance strategies? This Nexus Seminar deals with these questions. Read More >>
 

DWA and UNU-FLORES Sign Cooperation Agreement

The German Association for Water, Wastewater, and Waste (DWA) and UNU-FLORES signed a Cooperation Agreement to strengthen collaborative knowledge mobilisation and capacity development activities. Read More >>
 

“7 Billion Chances”: No One, Especially Not Youth, Left Behind

We spoke to the organisers of the tuuwi environmental lecture series “7 Billion Chances” that aimed to reach out to as many youth possible in the Dresden community and help them realise their significance in achieving the SDGs, eventually inspiring action. Read More >>

FEATURE

We Are Playing the Game in Spare Time but I Am Optimistic: Prof. van Vierssen


In an exclusive interview, we learn more about the future of resources management from the renowned water expert. Read More >>


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

TIGER Savanna Tool Handbook: On Remote Sensing of Water Use and Water Stress in African Savanna Ecosystems from Local to Regional Scale
This handbook provides guidance on Earth Observation techniques and the topic of remote sensing in theory, as well as sheds light on the tools such as the Water Observation Information System (WOIS) in practice. A how-to manual at the end guides practitioners through the steps implementing the equations, and deriving information from data gathered. Download Here >>

Multifunctional Land-Use Systems for Managing the Nexus of Environmental Resources
In a new book published with Springer, UNU-FLORES presents the state-of-the-art in forest management and land use policy, with reference to the case of the Loess Plateau region in China. More Here >>
 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

The Role of Constructed Wetlands for Biomass Production within the Water-Soil-Waste Nexus
Given the universal applicability of constructed wetlands in virtually all settings, from arid to tropical, from relatively high to low nutrient loads, and from a vast variety of pollutants, this article postulates that the biomass produced in constructed wetlands can be used more extensively in order to enhance the multi-purpose use of these sites. More Here >>
 
Trade-offs and Decision Support Tools for FEW Nexus-Oriented Management
Existing assessment and decision support tools have limited application to real-world food-energy-water (FEW) nexus challenges. This article explores how successful strategies could look like. More Here >>


REPORTS

Capacity Building for Nexus Implementation: Lessons Learned from UNU-FLORES Online Courses hosted on the Blended Learning Platform of the Nexus Observatory
This technical report presents an innovative approach to capacity building that embeds e-learning in the process of solving important environmental and societal challenges. Download Here >>

How Do We Want to Live Tomorrow? Perspectives on Water Management in Urban Regions
Together with a group of interdisciplinary young scientists, Ana Andreu from UNU-FLORES co-authored this science policy report, in which it is agreed that the youth want to live in cities where sustainable, integrated watershed management guarantees public health and environmental safety. Download Here >>
 

PROCEEDINGS

Wastewater Irrigation in the Mezquital Valley, Mexico: Solving a Century-Old Problem with the Nexus Approach
UNU-FLORES was pleased to join forces with FIAVHI and the Municipality of Tepeji, Mexico, to co-organise this International Capacity Development Workshop on Sustainable Management Options for Wastewater and Sludge. Download Here >>

Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: A Workshop on Policy and Implementation for Iran
This workshop brought together the best possible team of experts to Tehran to share their knowledge on the safe and sustainable use of wastewater in agriculture. Download Here >>


UPCOMING EVENTS

27 August 2017 | CONFERENCE
Exhibition Booth at TEDxDresden at Staatsoperette Dresden, Germany

27 August–1 September 2017 | CONFERENCE
UNU Exhibition Booth at World Water Week 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

27 August 2017 | CONFERENCE
“Science Faces Practice: Benefits and Risks of Wastewater Use”, Seminar at World Water Week 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

29 August 2017 | CONFERENCE
“Journey to a World Free of Untreated Wastewater”, Seminar at World Water Week 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden

616 September 2017 | CONFERENCE
“Reversing Land Degradation in Dryland: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities from China’s Afforestation Programs,” Side Event at UNCCD COP 13 in Ordos, China

11 September 2017 | NEXUS SEMINAR
Nexus Seminar No. 23 by Prof. Ratna Reddy Vippala at UNU-FLORES, Dresden, Germany

23 October 2017 | NEXUS SEMINAR
Nexus Seminar No. 24 by Prof. Petra Schneider in Dresden, Germany

24 October 2017 | COMMUNITY OUTREACH
UNU-FLORES Open House in Dresden, Germany

24 October 2017 | COMMUNITY OUTREACH
UN Day Dresden 2017 in Dresden, Germany

24 October 2017 | COMMUNITY OUTREACH
UN Spotlight Talk on Migration with UNHCR in Dresden, Germany
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