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18 December 2013

ICLEI & GIZ launching pioneering work

Food-Water-Energy Nexus approaches to urban planning in the global south

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Technological innovation has paved the way for initiatives that seek to address service delivery of basic needs at the local level. However implementation of these has uncovered challenges in long-term sustainability given the reality of competing needs against limited resources and capacity.

Benefits of specialization have come at the risk of creating silo approaches which in their own right can be effective, but within a complex system can result in inefficient resource use and lost opportunities. This raises the need to elevate innovation from the actual implementable solutions towards the approaches taken in planning development responses.

The urban nexus seeks to facilitate an integrated system of interventions designed to address resource efficiency, particularly concerning water management, energy supply, and food security at the local level. Pressure arising from rapid urbanization underscores the need for cities’ capability to address these issues at present, while setting up infrastructures for long-term solutions. Thus there is a need to maximise resources while minimizing trade-offs in implementation through involvement of different stakeholders and coordination among relevant agencies. Most critically this involves an understanding of systems and flows of resources, and specifically resource cycles and placing value on resources particularly waste.

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