Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

Building on the success of the inaugural Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) in March 2015, the second biennial DNC is planned to take place 17-19 May 2017. DNC2017 will bring together researchers and implementers (policy- and decision makers) from universities, national and international organisations, UN organisations, ministries and governmental agencies, as well as individual researchers, stakeholders from the private sector and civil society from around the world under the theme 'Sustainable Development Goals and the Nexus Approach: Monitoring and Implementation'.

Given that sustainable resources management will be mandatory for member states in the context of SDGs, DNC2017 will focus on the contributions of a Nexus Approach to the sustainable management of water, soil and waste. The main objective will be to showcase Nexus-oriented research and case studies demonstrating the link between research and policy/implementation. Strengthening that link requires looking in depth at monitoring and implementation strategies. DNC2017 will thus address issues related to data requirements as well as data quality and efficient data management, strengthening of monitoring programmes and of feedback loops to resources management. Moreover, DNC2017 will deal with governance frameworks for integrated resources management, incentives for resource recovery and efficiency, etc. facilitating the implementation of sustainable environmental resources management strategies.

DNC 2017 will consider examples and case studies addressing monitoring and implementation strategies targeting research, education and advocacy (or any combination thereof), all of which are essential for advancing a Nexus Approach. Nexus-oriented research, policy-oriented and transdisciplinary in nature, will address critical knowledge gaps, making use of environmental monitoring data from various sources. Since the implementation of Nexus-oriented policies requires a Nexus-mindset, education (mainly at post-graduate level) and advocacy are equally important as research to ensure the sustainability of monitoring and implementation strategies.

Expected Outcomes

Addressing issues related to monitoring and implementation strategies for a Nexus Approach in multi-functional land-use systems and for resources management in resilient cities as explained above, DNC2017 aims to

  • Showcase the state of the art of adopting a Nexus Approach to the management of water, soil and waste;
  • Provide scientific evidence for – and quantification of – benefits from applying a Nexus Approach to management of water, soil and waste resources, including the identification of required data, information and indicators;
  • Identify knowledge gaps and priorities for research, education and policy advice related to integrated management of water, soil and waste;
  • Identify needed individual and institutional capacities and appropriate strategies for implementation of a nexus approach, incl. creating incentives and removing barriers to unlock the potential of a green economy.

Source and further details: DNC2017