Multifunctional Land-Use Systems


  • Session A.1 - Wastewater Reuse in Nexus Perspective: Environmental, Economic, and Societal Opportunities

    Wastewater As a Resource in a Circular Economy
    Stefan Uhlenbrook (WWAP UNESCO, Italy); Engin Koncagul; Angela Renata Cordeiro Ortigara; Richard Connor

    In a world where limited water resources are increasingly stressed by over-abstraction, pollution, and climate change, neglecting the opportunities arising from improved wastewater management is nothing less than unthinkable.

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    The Importance of Laws and Legal Frameworks to Provide Norms and Guidelines in Support of Effective and Sustainable Wastewater Management.
    Florian Thevenon (WaterLex, Switzerland); Rose Osinde Alabaster; Viktoria Mohos Naray; Lenka Kruckova

    Wastewater management policies should be demand-driven and bottom-up, to be adapted to the real needs and expectations of different stakeholders, and the choice of technologies should be adapted to the local/national context.

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    Nexus-Oriented Approach for Sharing Water Resources: Development of Eco-industrial Parks in the Catchment of Zayandeh Rud River, Iran
    Janis Von Koerber (University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg, Germany); Wolf Raber

    The design of Eco-Industrial Parks (EIP) requires a Nexus Approach. The scenarios for the EIP design in Zayandeh Rud catchment considered a high inter-industrial water reuse without additional water supply for the connected water fluxes.

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    Added-Value from the Nexus of Wastewater Treatment, Crop Production, and the Generation of Bioenergy: A Case Study on Using Wastewater and Sludge in Crop Production in Braunschweig (Germany)
    Oliver Maaß (Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB), Germany); Philipp Grundmann

    Linking the value chains of wastewater treatment, crop production, and bioenergy production can result in lower costs of wastewater treatment, higher profitability, and added-value in crop production, and a high share of regional added-value.

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    Constructed Wetlands in the Water-Energy-Waste Nexus
    Tamara Avellán (United Nations University (UNU-FLORES)); Paul Gremillion; Fabio Masi

    Constructed wetlands support the achievement of the SDGs. The Nexus Approach facilitates an integrated
    management of constructed wetlands. Implementation challenges can be overcome using different pathways.

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    Sustainable and Safe Use of Wastewater and Human Waste in Food Production in Peri-Urban Areas of Karnataka, India
    Girija Ramakrishna; Matti Hanisch (BORDA, Germany)

    Human waste and wastewater use, when adopted with best management practices, has a huge potential to benefit farmers, improve public health by eliminating unsafe waste disposal, and enrich soil nutrient content.

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  • Session A.2 - Resource Recovery and Reuse in Multifunctional Land-Use Systems

    Potential of Resource Recovery and Reuse in Multifunctional Land-Use Systems
    Manzoor Qadir (United Nations University (UNU-INWEH), Canada)

    With great potential for resource recovery from liquid and solid wastes and reuse in multifunctional land-use systems, it is important to identify barriers and their effective removal for environmental, health, economic, and social benefits.

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    The Need for Applied Research in Achieving Waste-Based Resource Recovery and Reuse at Landscape Level
    Katharina Felgenhauer (IWMI, Ghana); Josiane Nikiema; Pay Drechsel; Olufunke Cofie

    To achieve the newly adopted SDGs, applied research is needed to identify viable solutions that overcome the financial, technical, and institutional challenges hindering the implementation of waste-based resource recovery and reuse business models.

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    Water Reuse and Resource Recovery: Best Policy and Technology Practices
    Sarantuya Zandaryaa (UNESCO Division of Water Sciences, France)

    Wastewater is an important resource that can enhance water security by augmenting water resources, providing opportunities for recovery of nutrients, energy, and valuable materials, and thus supporting sustainable development.

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    Nutrient Recovery from Human Urine in Decentralised Sanitation
    Bastian Piltz (University of Cologne, Germany); Michael Melkonian

    Phosphorus crisis: growing microalgae on urine to produce fertiliser can close the nutrient link between sanitation and food production. It may be combined with other technologies in decentralised facilities to save water and recover resources.

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    Sustainable Sanitation Systems: Increasing Food Production Through Sanitation Interventions and Reuse of Treated Waste in Agriculture
    Tanvi Sahni; Matti Hanisch (BORDA, Germany)

    The use of human waste in agriculture is the future of urban food production and it is important to scale up successful pilot efforts by CDD Society for safe use of treated wastewater and treated/composted faecal sludge for vegetable production.

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    Plants4Salt: Food, Forage, and Energy Production from Salt-Affected Soils Using Halophytes
    Muhammad Saqib (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany)

    This presentation emphasises on the worth of salt-affected soils and waters as non-renewable resources. It introduces the use of salt-loving plants or halophytes for food, forage, and energy production from salt-affected soils and waters.

  • Session A.3 - Roles of Multifunctional Reservoirs in the SDG Agenda

    Can Multipurpose Reservoirs Change the Water Discourse?
    Dipak Gyawali (Nepal Water Conservation Foundation, Nepal)

    At the local level, the nexus is reality. Separation happens in government bureaucracies. The nexus brings concerned parties into a horizontal discussion; common objectives across institutions and sectors send clear messages to donors and investors

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    Governance Arrangements for Regional Hydropower on Shared Rivers: The African Ruzizi Cascade and Rusumo Falls Projects
    Ines Dombrowsky (German Development Institute (DIE), Germany)

    Innovative governance arrangements are needed for regional hydropower projects to be financially viable and environmentally and socially sustainable. Pros and cons of alternatives are demonstrated using the Ruzizi II and III and Rusumo Falls cases.

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    The Role of Hydropower As a Driver for Multipurpose Reservoirs
    Richard Taylor; María Ubierna Aparicio (International Hydropower Association, United Kingdom)

    Multipurpose reservoirs assist in the provision of modern services for water, energy, and food, while responding to climate change challenges. If built in the right place and right way, reservoirs can contribute to reaching the SDGs.

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    Towards a Fair and Just Distribution of Water in a Semiarid Reservoir Region
    Marianna Siegmund-Schultze; Johann Köppel; Hagen Koch; Márcia M. G. Alcoforado de Morais; Verena Rodorff; Clécio Barbosa Souza Júnior (Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany)

    A fair and just allocation of water calls for an integrated approach among diverse stakeholders across sectors and scales; accompanying the decision-making process with systemic analysis models allows for assessing feasibility and externalities.

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    Water-Food-Energy Nexus and Climate Change for Multipurpose Reservoirs in Sardinia
    Sara Masia; Janez Susnik (UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands); Simone Mereu; Donatella Spano; Serena Marras; Antonio Trabucco; Maria Blanco; Andrea Virdis

    Sardinian reservoirs face increasing pressure from climate and socioeconomic change, which may lead to increased competition among water users. Our work supports sustainable water management policy for Sardinia within the Water-Food-Energy Nexus.

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    Can We Use Natural Small Water Retention Measures As a Tool to Optimize Services Provided By Water Systems?
    Tomasz Okruszko; Anja Potokar; Ignacy Kardel; Janos Feher; Richard Muller; Sabina Bokal; Tomas Orfanus; Mikolaj Piniewski (Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland)

    Natural Small Water Retention Measures can have positive effects on various water-related issues. Water authorities need methods to evaluate the cumulative effectiveness of NSWRMs in a synergic way and how to include them in River Basin Management Plans.

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  • Session A.4 - Water- and Soil-Related Ecosystem Services provided by Forests and Agroforestry Systems

    A Case Study of Responses of Runoff and Sediment Yields to Different Land Covers on Slope Plots of the Loess Plateau, China
    Xiaoping Zhang (Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University, China)

    Slope plots with nine vegetation types showed that the plots with rich ground cover generated less runoff and soil erosion, which implied that soil erosion can subsequently be controlled by changing land use or increasing the undergrowth cover.

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    Harmonising Ecosystem Services in Dryland By Multifunctional Land Use
    Lulu Zhang (United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), Germany); Kai Schwärzel

    Drylands are threatened by land degradation and water scarcity. Cross-sectoral management is needed to coordinate and balance the socio-ecological demands, calling for advancement in research across science, policy, implementation, and governance.

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    Ecosystem Services and Residents Well-being in the Miyun Reservoir, Beijing, China
    Xiaoyan Wang (Capital Normal University, China); Shujiang Pang; Juying Fu; Fangyuan Li

    This study reveals the relationship between the spatial pattern of ecosystem services and residents’ well-being in the area of Miyun reservoir. Our findings provide a reference for protecting ecosystem services to enhance residents’ well-being.

    Impact of Agroforestry on Hydrological Ecosystem Services in the Transboundary Mara River Basin, East Africa
    Hosea Mwangi (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya); Stefan Julich; Sopan Patil; Morag McDonald; Karl-Heinz Feger

    Using SWAT to simulate impact of agroforestry on catchment water balance revealed: water yield declined, evapotranspiration increased. Tree species with low water uptake should be planted at headwaters where rainfall is higher and temperature lower.

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  • Session A.5 - Tools, Data, and Instruments for Management of Environmental Resources

    A Guiding Framework for Modelling the Water-Energy-Food Nexus
    Bassel Daher (Texas A&M University, United States); Rabi Mohtar; Sanghyun Lee; Amjad Assi

    There is no “cookbook” method to model a nexus challenge. We propose a 7-question guideline for conceptualising a WEF framework, quantifying interlinkages between resources and developing scenarios and trade-off assessments to guide decision making.

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    Strategic Planning of Natural Resources: Water, Energy, and Food (WEF) Nexus Approach for the Gediz Basin, Turkey
    Adnan Degirmencioglu (Ege University Izmir, Turkey); Rabi Mohtar; Bassel Daher; Gülden Özgünaltay Ertugrul; Sanghyun Lee

    The objective of this study in the Gediz Basin in the western part of Turkey is to focus on water footprint data for livestock breeding and determine the connections between the nexus of water, energy, and food (crop) for feeding animal and human.

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    Implementation of an Irrigation Submodel in the Global Land-Use Model LandSHIFT
    Christopher Jung (CESR, Germany)

    We developed a submodel for the global land-use model LandSHIFT that allows to locate crop specific irrigated areas in a spatially explicit way and to model the scenario-driven change of irrigated cropland areas on a global scale.

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    Web-Based Modelling Framework for Planning and Assessment of Managed Aquifer Recharge Applications
    Catalin Stefan (TU Dresden, Germany); Ralf Junghanns; Aybulat Fatkhutdinov; Jana Ringleb; Jana Sallwey

    The INOWAS-DSS is a web-based modelling platform for planning and assessment of managed aquifer recharge applications. The system provides assistance to decision makers by combining modern web-GIS technologies with model-based simulation tools.

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    Political Economy of Energy Subsidies for Groundwater Irrigation in Mendoza, Argentina
    Felix Sebastian Riera (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany); Bernhard Brümmer

    Mendoza’s water policy is characterised by complex interactions between policymakers, water-related organisations, and farmers. We review how long-term viability of agriculture is affected substantially by both political and economic factors.

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    Global Development Typologies and Pathways: How Far Are We from Sustainable Development?
    Desirée Dörr (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany); Prajal Pradhan; Carsten Walther; Jürgen Kropp

    Six development typologies reflect countries’ progress on human well-being. High living standards are mostly attained with high ecological impacts. This needs to be altered to achieve SDGs that aim for the former but with low ecological impacts.

  • Session A.6 - Monitoring and Assessment of Resource Use in Multifunctional Land-Use systems

    Assessing REDD+ and Competing Land-Use Objectives
    Rebekka Hüfner (University of Kassel, Germany)

    We assessed potential land-use change focusing on competition between carbon sequestration efforts, demand for food, and biodiversity conservation in South East Asia to optimise the distribution and use of monitoring tools.

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    Monitoring of the Extraction of Mineral Resources and Its Environmental Impacts: Case Study of Hoa Binh, Vietnam
    Nguyen Xuan Thinh (TU Dortmund University, Germany); Haniyeh Ebrahimi Salari; Esther Bradel

    Studying the impacts of mining activities on land use and environment revealed: the surface area of the mining sites increased twelvefold in 2000–2015, forest cover decreased by 12%, and Total Suspended Particulates limits were massively exceeded.

    Sustainable Land Use and Climate Mitigation: Management Options and Enhanced Knowledge (Cross-Sectoral, Inter-, and Transdisciplinary Research Findings for Germany)
    Johanna Fick (Thuenen Institute, Germany); Sarah Baum; Rene Dechow; Peter Kreins; Martin Henseler; Jesko Hirschfeld; Julian Sagebiel

    The CC-LandStraD project analysed regionally differentiated land-use measures to mitigate GHG emissions in Germany. The results show that mitigation actions in agriculture and forestry go along with positive impacts on soil, water, and biodiversity.

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    Evaluation of Environmental Services Associated with Multifunctional Land-Use Systems in the Watershed of Lake Lagdo, Cameroon
    Dorothe Yong Nje (United Nations University UNU-INRA), Elias Ayuk

    Economic value of preserving the hydroelectric potential of Lake Lagdo is estimated. The cost of the loss caused by sedimentation represents the order of magnitude of the potential benefits associated with improved soil management in the watershed.

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    Monitoring of Land-Use Development: Methodological Problems and Solutions in Germany
    Gotthard Meinel (TU Dresden, IOER, Germany)

    Monitoring land-use development in high resolution is an ambitious task. Change detection by remote sensing is oft not exact enough. A better approach is GIS-based analysis of digital landscape models and the description of development by indicators.

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Resources Management in Resilient Cities


  • Session B.1 - Adaptation of Cities to Global Change for Urban Resilience

    Green Infrastructure for Climate-Responsive Urban Environments: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Implementation in Design Practice
    Wiebke Klemm (Wageningen University & Research Centre, Netherlands)

    Transdisciplinary approaches with a testing phase of scientific knowledge in professional design processes contribute to bridging the gap between microclimate science and urban design practice and strengthen adaptive strategies for cities.

    AltWater: Assessing the Contribution of Alternative Water Supply Systems to Improving Water Security and Resilience in Developing Countries
    Sara Masia; Janez Susnik (UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands); Simone Mereu; Donatella Spano; Serena Marras; Antonio Trabucco; Maria Blanco; Andrea Virdis

    Urbanisation means water must be more sustainably sourced. AltWater works with 4 developing cities to quantify the contribution of alternative water systems to water supply. Such systems can boost water security and resilience via diversification.

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    Enhancing Urban Resilience Through Citizen Participation in Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Case Study of the Bristol Region
    Aleksandra Ola Michalec (University of the West of England, United Kingdom); James Longhurst; Enda Hayes

    We analysed findings from citizen focus groups discussing key tradeoffs and synergies between water, energy, and food resources in the Bristol region context

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    Cities Adapting to Climate Change: The Potential of Mutual Learning and Knowledge Transfer
    Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf (University of Osnabrück, Germany)

    Cities can learn from each other when adapting. International cooperation processes can stimulate learning. Actual learning by participants, their organizations, and external actors depends on process-specific and partner-specific factors.

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    Global Sustainable Municipality: Explorative Strategic Management Approach to Implement the SDGs
    Sebastian Eichhorn (Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Agenda 21 NRW e.V., Germany); Martin Schön-Chanishvili; Moritz Hans; Melanie Schulte

    Development of integrated and holistic (social, economic, and environmental) sustainability strategies for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the local level by applying a multi-stakeholder approach.

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  • Session B.2 - Smart Green Cities and the Water-Soil-Waste-Energy Nexus

    Only Prospering Cities Smart and Green? How About the Water-Soil-Energy Nexus of Stagnating and Declining Cities?
    Robert Knippschild (IOER, Germany)

    Light will be shed on experiences from declining or stagnating Central and Eastern European cities and possibilities and limitations of the concepts of Smart Green Cities and the Water-Soil-Waste-Energy nexus for cities in transformation discussed.

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    Wastewater Systems and Energy Saving in Urban India
    Babette Never (German Development Institute (DIE), Germany)

    Interdependency of water and energy in India’s wastewater sector is analysed. Existing drivers of and barriers to the diffusion of energy-efficient technologies are studied, uncovering how resource- and lifecycle-oriented solutions could be enhanced.

    Nexus City: Operationalising the Urban Water-Energy-Food Nexus for Climate Change Adaptation in Munich, Germany
    Daphne Gondhalekar (Technical University of Munich, Germany), Jörg E. Drewes

    Water, energy, and food need to be conserved, especially in cities. Urban agriculture and urban water reclamation and reuse can significantly conserve water resources and generate energy.

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  • Session B.3 - Water Scarcity and Urbanisation: Integrated Management of Water Supply and Sanitation

    Urban Water Deficit Under Climate Change and Population Growth
    Martina Flörke (University of Kassel, Germany); Christof Schneider; Robert McDonald

    Increasing urbanization and climate change will exacerbate pressure on urban water management and infrastructure in the future. Significant expansion in urban water infrastructure is needed to overcome water shortages.

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    Managing a Watershed with a “Circular-Economy” Perspective: Istanbul, Omerli Watershed Case
    Burcu Yazici (Turkish Water Institute (SUEN), Turkey); Aslihan Kerc; Meltem Delibas

    Shifting from linear to circular economy approach in urban water management can be achieved by combining waste treatment with energy production and employing water reuse processes to secure clean water supply and protect natural habitats.

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    The Urban Water-Energy Nexus: Understanding and Quantifying the Water-Energy Nexus in México City
    Adrian Moredia-Valek; Janez Susnik (UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands); Stelios Grafakos

    Water and energy in cities are closely related. In Mexico City, water services consume 16% of electricity production. Losses mean 50% of resources are ‘wasted’. Leakage reduction and alternative water systems would improve water-energy efficiency.

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    Implementing a Decentralized Wastewater Management Policy in Jordan
    Manfred van Afferden (Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, Germany); Mi-Yong Lee; Ali Mohamed Subah; Roland A. Müller

    This paper focuses on the content and the process leading to the establishment of the Jordanian “Decentralized Wastewater Management Policy” that was adopted by the Jordanian cabinet in March 2016.

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    Managed Aquifer Recharge As a Tool for Adaptation of Cities to Global Change
    Catalin Stefan (TU Dresden, Germany)

    The paper brings scientific evidence that managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is a proven approach for reducing vulnerability of cities against global change, statement based on the analysis of over 1200 MAR case studies worldwide.

  • Session B.4 - Nature-Based Solutions for Resilient and Sustainable Cities

    Urban Green Infrastructure: Background, Aims, and Perspectives
    Alice Schröder (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Germany)

    The consequent consideration of ecological aspects in urban development requires strong political support, sound scientific knowledge, and capable municipalities. The concept of urban green infrastructure can foster integrated planning approaches.

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    Ecosystem Services in the City: Protecting Human Health and Increasing Quality of Life
    Irene Ring (TU Dresden – IHI Zittau, Germany); Ingo Kowarik; Robert Bartz; Miriam Brenck; Bernd Hansjürgens; Christoph Schröter-Schlaack

    Securing ecosystem services in cities is core to implementing the concept of nature-based solutions and may serve to link several of the UN’s SDGs for local sustainability.

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    Integrated Management of Green Spaces in Different Land Uses for Sustainable Cities
    Nobuko Kawaguchi (Nagoya University/Environmental Studies, Japan); Chika Takatori; Hiroyuki Shimizu

    Landscape management labor accounts; unsealed land use; urban green infrastructure; the system, plan, and project for management of green spaces.

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    Connectivities in Designed Ecosystem Services: An Integrated Approach to Water Sustainability in Semiarid Cities
    Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman (University of Maryland, United States); Tom Meixner; Andrea Gerlak; Adam Henry; Gary Pivo

    Understanding the bidirectional coupling between ecosystem service provision and environmental governance and decisionmaking is an approach that can lead to the design of urban spaces to better meet goals of sustainable water management.

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    Water Management on Private Land: Upscaling Nature-Based Solutions
    Thomas Hartmann (Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences, Netherlands); Lenka Slavíková; Jiřina Jílková

    Nature-based solutions for water-related risks need to be implemented on private land in relation to a large scale. This asks for upscaling a property rights approach. This is discussed by referring to case studies of NBS.

    Nature-Based Solutions into Environmental Action Plans: Case Study Romania
    Cristian Ioja (University of Bucharest, Romania); Mihai Nita; Diana Onose; Alina Hossu

    The paper will assess the integration of NBS in National and Local Environmental Actions Plans. It has been identified the official documents approved at national and local level, regarding the subject of urban ecosystem resilience and the approach of NBS.

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  • Session B.5 - Assessing Resilience at the City Level: Methods, Frameworks, Models, and Tools

    Delivering Resilience for Water Systems in Practice: Experiences from Arup’s Global Portfolio
    Mark Fletcher (Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd, United Kingdom)

    Explaining the concept of ‘blue’ and ‘green’ cities and the practical way this thinking can be applied by showing practical solutions how resilience to shocks and incremental stresses to the water cycle in cities across the world.

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    The Water-Wise Resilience Assessment Method and Tools
    Christos Makropoulos (KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Netherlands)

    This paper presents a new methodology for assessing the resilience of the urban water cycle and supports the choice of alternative interventions and designs to improve it, within a context of strategic planning for the water systems of the future.

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    Towards a Comprehensive, General Resilience Assessment for Intervention Development in Water Distribution Systems
    Chris Sweetapple (University of Exeter, United Kingdom); Raziyeh Farmani; Guangtao Fu; David Butler

    General resilience assessment ensures that the effects of a wide range of system failure modes, including those that occur simultaneously, are considered. It can inform the development of targeted interventions and ensure knowledge of trade-offs.

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    Governance Capacity as Premise for Resilient Management of Water, Waste, and Climate Change
    Steven Koop (KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Netherlands); Kees Van Leeuwen; Peter Driessen; Carel Dieperink; Laurence Koetsier; Alisa Doornhof

    The Governance Capacity Framework (GCF) is part of a set of tools that guide water managers in decision making for climate change adaptation. Scoring 9 governance conditions for each city, the GCF is separately applied to 5 water-related challenges.

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    Resilience as in a Garden City Paris Footprint: Paradigm Change from Satisfactory Objects to Resilient Neighbourhoods
    Niels-Christian Fritsche (TU Dresden, Germany)

    The translation from tedious one-by-one object design (houses) to generative design suggests a paradigm change from Building Information Modelling to parametric management of water, soil, and waste on an urban scale: Neighbourhood Modelling.

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  • Session B.6 - Monitoring and Assessment of Resource Use in Resilient Cities

    A Contribution to the Monitoring Methodology of SDG Target 6.3 on Wastewater
    Linda Veiga; Mathew Kurian (United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), Germany); Rizaldi Boer; Graham Alabaster

    The paper explores the role of a wastewater reuse effectiveness index integrating bio-physical, institutional, and socioeconomic indicators as a possible monitoring methodology for SDG Target 6.3.

    Scenario-Based Projection of Future Urban Water Environment: A Case Study in Jakarta, Indonesia
    Yoshifumi Masago (United Nations University (UNU-IAS), Japan); Biyana Kumar Mishra; Ammar Rafiei Emam; Pankaj Kumar; Ram Krishna Regmi; Pingping Luo

    Improved decision making based on future projection of urban water environment is crucial in developing urban water infrastructure resilient to climate change and rapid urbanization.

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    Localising Urban Food Systems and Its Climate Benefits
    Prajal Pradhan (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany); Steffen Kriewald; Luis Costa; Diego Rybski; Jürgen Kropp

    Consumption of local and regional food and production of diverse food according to the urban requirements in peri-urban regions can at least halve the global food transport carbon emissions by reducing the distance between field and fork, food-miles.

    Urban Underground Space Resources: Assessment of the Environmental Potential for a Rational Use
    Nikolai Bobylev (Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Federation); Wolfgang Wende

    Urban underground space use addresses global challenges as land use and land cover optimization, climate adaptation and vulnerability, however, systematic planning is lacking. Different degrees of renewability have to be considered.

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    Sustainable Urban Water Management Towards Health Improvement, Environmental Protection and Energy Security in Vietnam Cities
    Nga Tran Thi Viet (National University of Civil Engineering, Viet Nam)

    Cities need to have their own approach for sustainable management of urban water system in balance within nature’s water cycles to improve sanitation and social welfare while exploiting wastewater sludge’s energy and recovering resources.

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Cross-Thematic Topics


  • Session X.1 - Knowledge Management and Transfer for Adoption of a Nexus Approach and Achieving SDGs

    Implementing Sustainable Natural Resource Management in the Tropics Under Increasing Complexity: Some Innovative Approaches
    Jürgen Pretzsch (TU Dresden, Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, Germany); Eckhard Auch; Francois Jost; Francois Jost

    Three innovative methodologies that cover the complexity of natural resource management and their application are presented: (1) knowledge management and communication, (2) Socioeconomic Field Laboratories, and (3) Participative Innovation Platforms.

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    Knowledge Brokers in Water Infrastructure Supply Chain Actors: Are They an Issue?
    Omoleye Ojuri (University College London, United Kingdom)

    Knowledge brokers facilitate the flow of information and specialised knowledge between disparate people and groups, thus improve efficiency of water infrastructure schemes and projects.

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    Holistic Valuation of Land-Use Systems
    Eike Luedeling (World Agroforestry Centre and Center for Development Research, Germany); Keith Shepherd

    Decision analysis approaches can provide inexpensive and holistic guidance for ensuring that development decisions comply with the full portfolio of Sustainable Development Goals.

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    City-to-City Learning to Cater City Needs for Climate Adaptation: Results of a Preliminary Study
    Chris Zevenbergen (UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands); Wolfgang Haupt

    To keep pace and cope with the rapid changes occurring in cities requires accelerated ‘learning from each other’. Therefore, cities need to engage in city-to-city learning networks and have to learn from lessons and experiences of other cities.

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    The Potential of Cultural Ecological Knowledge Contribution in Resource Management of Volcanic River Basin
    Vicky Ariyanti (Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands); Jurian Edelenbos; Peter Scholten

    Using case of Merapi volcano and its relation to Opak River Basin in urban area of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, this study finds that cultural ecological knowledge may contribute to overall understanding of the water-sediment-land nexus management.

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  • Session X.2 - New and Refined Approaches Supporting the Implementation of a Nexus Approach

    Governance of Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Social Network Analysis Approach
    Mathew Kurian (United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), Germany); Solomon Hailu Gebrechorkos; Kent Portney; Bryce Hannibal; Gerhard Rappold

    Social Network Analysis is an appropriate tool to highlight the relational complexities within the nexus and among stakeholders. We suggest that institutional capacity is tightly linked to the level of connectivity within Nexus networks.

    The Increasingly Important Role of Information Technology to Design and Implement Multifunctional Land-Use Systems
    Johan Bouma (Wageningen University, Netherlands)

    Modern technology has allowed development of multifunctional land-use systems to be framed in terms of achieved SDGs. Widespread implementation requires a new approach by academics, focused on joint learning with stakeholders and policymakers.

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    Identifying Perceived Characteristics and the Collective Attribution of Values and Meaning Through Visualisation of Crowdsourced Spatial Photo data
    Alexander Dunkel (TU Dresden, Germany)

    Analysing crowdsourced data may contribute to a more balanced assessment of the perceived landscape, which provides a basis for a better integration of public values into planning processes.

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    Business Policy Interface (BPI) as a Platform for the Sustainable Management of the Extraction of Aggregates: The Case of Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam
    Bernhard Müller; Paulina Schiappacasse (TU Dresden, Germany); Peter Wirth; Georg Schiller; Thinh Nguyen Xuan; Klaus Oswald

    The BPI is a useful management tool for the extraction of aggregates. As a collaboration platform of stakeholders representing
    all interests related to aggregate mining, it may contribute to balancing environmental, social, and economic impacts.

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    Opportunities and Constraints to Sustainable Land and Watershed Management in Crop-Livestock Systems: An Overview of Experiences from Ethiopia
    Gebreyesus Brhane Tesfahunegn (United Nations University (UNU-INRA), Ghana); Elias T. Ayuk

    Despite considerable information about land and watershed management, there has been limited uptake in Ethiopia. We discuss opportunities and challenges and propose a research framework that can improve adoption of practices.

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  • Session X.3 - A Systematic Approach to Map SDG Interactions for Practical Decision-Making

    A New Framework to Better Understand SDG Interactions
    Måns Nilsson (Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden); Dave Griggs; Martin Visbeck

    To make coherent policies and strategies, we need a rubric for thinking systematically about the many SDG interactions. We propose a seven-point scale of SDG interactions to organize evidence and support decision-making about national priorities.

    Governance at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Towards the Integrated Achievement of Social, Economic, and Environmental Objectives
    Imme Scholz (German Development Institute (DIE), Germany)

    Isolated sectoral policies cannot offer sustainable solutions. Managing the nexus between these policies in order to deconstruct silos and promote interconnected problem-solving requires new institutional and procedural governance arrangements.

    Implications of Deep Decarbonization for Other SDGs: Land-Energy Interactions
    Sabine Fuss (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) gGmbH, Germany)

    Land is at the intersection of many SDGs. It is important in climate change mitigation and in economic development. The achievement of SDGs requires systematic thinking, not just narrowly focusing on tradeoffs.

    Challenges and Opportunities in SDG Implementation and Monitoring
    Martin Visbeck (German Committee Future Earth, Germany)

    Major challenges for the SDGs are (1) consistency with other political processes (UNFCCC), (2) implementability (interactions between goals), and (3) measurability (indicators). Science can provide the knowledge base necessary for implementation.

  • Session X.4 - Building Up Monitoring and Reporting on SDGs based on Sub-National and National Efforts

    Building a Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification Practice with Indicators for SDGs at the Sub-Global Scale
    Laszlo Pinter (Central European University, Hungary)

    Indicators are essential for tracking SDG implementation but need to be embedded into governance mechanisms to be effective.

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    Indices in the World of Water Quality Assessment: Lessons Learned
    Tamara Avellán (United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), Germany), Sabrina Kirschke; Kenneth Irvine; Stefan Uhlenbrook

    There is a large set of indicators and indices to measure water quality. Indicators are involved to different degrees in water quality indices and guidelines. But application differs along regions and capacities of public authorities.

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    The SDG Index and Dashboards: Tools to Facilitate SDG Policy Implementation and Research
    Christian Kroll (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany)

    The annual “SDG Index and Dashboards: Global Report” aims to provide a report card for country performance on the SDGs and to ensure accountability.

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    National Follow-Up and Review in the 2030 Agenda: How to Increase Policy Relevance and Make Indicators Matter? Case Finland
    Sami Pirkkala (Prime Minister’s Office & Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland)

    The presentation will focus on the new national follow-up and review framework that is part of Finland’s national Agenda2030 implementation plan, which was approved by the Government in the beginning of February this year.

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