Dear Readers,

The year started on an optimistic note with the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the resolution entitled International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018–2028. Most recently, UNU has been given the responsibility of being at the helm, together with the secretary of UN-Water, of establishing a Task Force to plan and organise the Decade.  

In addition to this important task, as we journey into 2017, we are excited to see a number of our other projects come to fruition. We have since launched our new website – it features new functions, greater interconnectedness, altogether giving a new look and feel.

The Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) is back in May with the theme “Sustainable Development Goals and the Nexus Approach: Monitoring and Implementation”. Our biennial conference promises a stimulating line-up of speakers and sessions. To kick off the year, early bird registration for the conference is open till 28 February.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the exciting activities we have in store in 2017, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Best regards,
Reza Ardakanian
Director, UNU-FLORES



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

Deadline: 28 February 2017

UNU-FLORES and the Technische Universität Dresden invite applications from graduates in engineering, social sciences, and natural sciences for their joint PhD Programme. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2017. Read More >>



Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

17–19 May 2017 | Venue: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany

Discuss current research and initiatives applying the Nexus Approach and the benefits for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with experts in the field. Seize your last chance to secure a place at the upcoming Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 at a reduced participation fee. Read More >>


Earth Observation Tools to Build Disaster Management Capacity in Africa

At a training course for local ministries in Harare organised by the World Meteorological Organization and EUMETSAT, we introduced various tools and satellite technologies of the TIGER initiative to monitor droughts and facilitate food security and disaster management. Read More >>

UN-WATER: UNU-FLORES Director to Co-Coordinate Water Decade (2018–2028) Task Force

UN-Water decided on the establishment of a Task Force to facilitate its support to the planning and organisation of the Decade. The Task Force will be co-coordinated by the UN-Water secretary and Reza Ardakanian of United Nations University. Read More >>

UNU-FLORES Launches New Website

After months of hard work, we are delighted to announce the launch of the new UNU-FLORES website. With great new features, we hope to bring our work closer to you. Read More >>

Developing Capacity for the Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture in Iran

UNU-FLORES joined forces with the Islamic Republic of Iran to co-organise a scientific and capacity development workshop on the Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture (SUWA). Read More >>

UNU-FLORES and Keco Sign MoU on Knowledge Sharing

Building on existing successful collaboration to promote young scientists, UNU-FLORES and the Korea Environment Corporation have agreed to upscale mutual knowledge sharing activities. Read More >>

Regional Cooperation for Better Water Governance in Urban Asia

The number of megacities in Asia is set to increase to 30 by 2025. Questions of water use, wastewater treatment, infrastructure, and disaster risk management become increasingly pressing. At the 12th International Symposium on the Southeast Asian Water Environment in Ha Noi, our researcher presented on nexus research. Read More >>

Approaching the Challenge of a Path-Breaking Institutional Cooperation

Whereas narrow and specific scientific problems can be dealt with by single research institutes, addressing real world problems in science and practice requires cooperation between actors from different disciplines – natural, engineering, and social sciences – and fields of practice. Read More >>

Moving Beyond Water: The Resource-Based Nexus Approach

The Nexus Approach opens space to move beyond the resource ‘water’ to also addressing the resources soil and waste. Academic Officer Tamara Avellán shared UNU-FLORES’s experience and promoted its resource-based Nexus Approach at UNECE’s global stock-taking workshop and at the fourth meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus in Geneva. Read More >>

From Theory to Practice: Nexus Approach via Multifunctional Land Use

At the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania in Beijing, our researcher presented UNU-FLORES's work in the Loess Plateau region of China. Read More >>

Closing the Loop in a Circular Economy

In the traditional linear economy, we make, use, and dispose. At our Nexus Seminar, Christoph Wünsch talked about how much more we get out of our resources by feeding them back into the economy after its performance life is over. Read More >>


Balancing the Impacts of Forests on Soil and Water: An Interview with Prof. Wang

Our visiting scholar reiterates the need for a holistic approach towards realising a win-win strategy to grow sustainable forests, while maintaining water supply and healthy soil. Prof. Wang will be co-convening a session at the Dresden Nexus Conference 2017. Read More >>



Uso Seguro de Aguas Residuales en la Agricultura: Ejemplos de Buenas Prácticas (Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Good Practice Examples)
Seventeen interesting case studies gathered from around the world on wastewater reuse in agriculture are presented in this book. All cases provide first-hand information as they have been authored by the experts who implemented these cases or monitored their progress closely for years. Now available in Spanish. Download Here >>


Nexus Approach: Resource Management for Soil Productivity in Encyclopedia of Soil Science, Third Edition
UNU-FLORES's researchers define the Nexus Approach in the Encyclopedia of Soil Science (Third Ed.) edited by Prof. Rattan Lal. Download Here >>

Model Input Data Uncertainty and Its Potential Impact on Soil Properties in Sensitivity Analysis in Earth Observation Modelling
This book chapter illustrates that the methods used for collecting data are not without uncertainty, and it is crucial to take these uncertainties into consideration and communicate them appropriately. Download Here >>


The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Trade-Offs, Thresholds and Transdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Development, Environmental Science & Policy
This article attempts to provide the broad contours of an institutional framework that can inform discussions focused on implementing the Nexus Approach; elaborates upon the concepts of trade-offs; and finally emphasises the importance of transdisciplinary approaches to research, training, and policy. Download Here >> 


DNC2015/02 on “Implementation of SEMIZENTRAL: An Integrated Infrastructure Approach for Fast-Growing Cities”
This working paper discusses SEMIZENTRAL, an integrated, district-related infrastructure approach that has been developed for fast-growing cities, in order to meet their challenges in regard to the supply of water and the treatment of biowaste and wastewater. Download Here >>

DNC2015/03 on “Assessment of the Effects of Climate Change on Land Use and Land Cover Using Remote Sensing: A Case Study from Kenya”
This working paper presents a study on the combined effect of land-use land-cover (LULC) changes and the effects of climate variability for a specific study area in Kenya. LULC changes revealed competing land uses, which increased base and rock cover. Download Here >>


Proceedings of the Nexus Observatory Workshop “Water-Wastewater Nexus in Urbanising Asia: Building Capacity for Monitoring Water Quality Risks”
A regional consultation took place in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 24–25 May 2016 to discuss nexus challenges and to ascertain the potential for regional cooperation in Southeast Asia. Read about our work in capacity building in Asia. Download Here >>


10 April 2017 | NEXUS SEMINAR
Nexus Seminar No. 19 – Remote Sensing for Water Management in African Savanna (Kruger National Park) at UNU-FLORES, Dresden, Germany

17–19 May 2017 | CONFERENCE
Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany

Advancing a Nexus Approach to the sustainable
management of environmental resources

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