Advertisement

The Nexus Approach as Tool for Achieving SDGs: Trends and Needs

  • Stephan Hülsmann
  • Reza Ardakanian
Chapter

Abstract

The Nexus Approach is increasingly evolving into an integrative concept which bridges sectors and considers interrelated resources in an unbiased way to achieve sustainable resources management. Nexus-oriented resources management is thus imperative for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The other way around, a resource perspective on the nexus should be helpful given that virtually all SDGs imply and rely on sustainable resources management, in particular addressing water, soil, and waste. The interrelatedness of SDGs provides another strong case for a Nexus Approach. Here we briefly lay out the background and conceptual outline of the book, addressing key aspects of nexus implementation including monitoring of resource use, closing cycles of key elements, utilize proven methods of stakeholder participation and its mapping and monitoring and mainstreaming of thresholds and policies across scales and governmental levels. We then summarise these key aspects addressed in subsequent chapters and highlight the interrelations. Overall, this volume provides a strong case for strengthened monitoring frameworks and for close involvement of all stakeholders in the process of implementing a Nexus Approach. It adds to the ongoing process of consolidation and diversification of the Nexus Approach and provides specific recommendations of how to advance it.

References

  1. Bringezu S (2018) Key strategies to achieve the SDGs and consequences for monitoring resource use. In: Hülsmann S, Ardakanian R (eds) Managing water, soil and waste resources to achieve sustainable development goals: monitoring and implementation of integrated resources managementGoogle Scholar
  2. Daher B, Saad W, Pierce SA, Hülsmann S, Mohtar RH (2017) Trade-offs and decision support tools for FEW nexus-oriented management. Curr Sustain Energy Rep 1–7.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s40518-017-0075-3
  3. DNC Dresden Nexus Conference. http://www.dresden-nexus-conference.org/2017/. Accessed 15 Sept 2017
  4. Global Water Partnership (GWP) (2009) Integrated water resources management in practice: better water management for development. earthscan, London; Sterling, VAGoogle Scholar
  5. Hettiarachchi H, Ardakanian R (2016a) Managing water, soil, and waste in the context of global change. In: Hettiarachchi H, Ardakanian R (eds) Environmental resource management and the Nexus approach: managing water, soil, and waste in the context of global change. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 1–7CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Hettiarachchi H, Ardakanian R (eds) (2016b) Environmental resource management and the Nexus approach. Springer International Publishing, ChamGoogle Scholar
  7. Hoff H (2011) Understanding the NEXUS, background paper for the Bonn 2011 conference: the water, energy and food security Nexus. Stockholm Environment Institute, StockholmGoogle Scholar
  8. Hoff H (2018) Integrated SDG implementation—how a cross-scale (vertical) and cross-regional Nexus approach can complement cross-sectoral (horizontal) integration. In: Hülsmann S, Ardakanian R (eds) Managing water, soil and waste resources to achieve sustainable development goals: monitoring and implementation of integrated resources managementGoogle Scholar
  9. Hülsmann S, Ardakanian R (eds) (2014) White book on advancing a Nexus approach to the sustainable management of water, soil and waste. UNU-FLORES, DresdenGoogle Scholar
  10. Kurian M, Ardakanian R (eds) (2015) Governing the Nexus—water, soil and waste resources under conditions of global change. Springer, Berlin, HeidelbergGoogle Scholar
  11. Kurian M, Ardakanian R, Gonçalves Veiga L, Meyer K (2016) Resources, services and risks: how can data observatories bridge the science-policy divide in environmental governance? Springer, SwitzerlandGoogle Scholar
  12. Kurian M, Portney KE, Rappold G, Hannibal B, Gebrechorkos S (2018) Governance of water-energy-food Nexus: a social network analysis approach to understanding agency behaviour. In: Hülsmann S, Ardakanian R (eds) Managing water, soil and waste resources to achieve sustainable development goals: monitoring and implementation of integrated resources managementGoogle Scholar
  13. Lal R (2016) Global food security and Nexus thinking. J Soil Water Conserv 71:85A–90A.  https://doi.org/10.2489/jswc.71.4.85ACrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Mannschatz T, Buchroithner MF, Hülsmann S (2015) Visualization of water services in Africa: data applications for Nexus Governance. In: Kurian M, Ardakanian R (eds) Governing the Nexus. Springer International Publishing, Berlin, pp 189–217Google Scholar
  15. Mannschatz T, Wolf T, Hülsmann S (2016) Nexus tools platform: web-based comparison of modelling tools for analysis of water-soil-waste Nexus. Environ Model Softw 76:137–153.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.10.031CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Mochizuki J, Magnuszewski P, Linnerooth-Bayer J (2018) Games for aiding stakeholder deliberation on Nexus policy issues. In: Hülsmann S, Ardakanian R (eds) Managing water, soil and waste resources to achieve sustainable development goals: monitoring and implementation of integrated resources managementGoogle Scholar
  17. Pikaar I, Matassa S, Rabaey K, Laycock B, Boon N, Verstraete W (2018) The urgent need to re-engineer nitrogen-efficient food production for the planet. In: Hülsmann S, Ardakanian R (eds) Managing water, soil and waste resources to achieve sustainable development goals: monitoring and implementation of integrated resources managementGoogle Scholar
  18. Rockstrom J, Steffen W, Noone K, Persson A, Chapin FS, Lambin EF, Lenton TM, Scheffer M, Folke C, Schellnhuber HJ, Nykvist B, de Wit CA, Hughes T, van der Leeuw S, Rodhe H, Sorlin S, Snyder PK, Costanza R, Svedin U, Falkenmark M, Karlberg L, Corell RW, Fabry VJ, Hansen J, Walker B, Liverman D, Richardson K, Crutzen P, Foley JA (2009) A safe operating space for humanity. Nature 461:472–475.  https://doi.org/10.1038/461472aCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Scott C, Kurian M, Wescoat J Jr (2015) The water-energy-food Nexus: enhancing adaptive capacity to complex global challenges. In: Kurian M, Ardakanian R (eds) Governing the Nexus. Springer International Publishing, Berlin, pp 15–38Google Scholar
  20. Smajgl A (2018) Participatory processes and integrated modelling supporting Nexus implementations. In: Hülsmann S, Ardakanian R (eds) Managing water, soil and waste resources to achieve sustainable development goals: monitoring and implementation of integrated resources managementGoogle Scholar
  21. United Nations (2015) Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. UN, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  22. Wichelns D (2017) The water-energy-food Nexus: is the increasing attention warranted, from either a research or policy perspective? Environ Sci Policy 69:113–123.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.12.018CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)DresdenGermany

Personalised recommendations