Operationalizing the Urban NEXUS: Towards resource-efficient and integrated cities and metropolitan regions
Water Management, Integrated Approach, Urban Nexus Solution, Ecosystem Restoration/Conservation, Urban Food Production
January 1, 2014
The study “Operationalizing the Urban NEXUS” is founded on pioneering experiences from cities all over the world that have recognized the crucial interlinkages between sectors such as water, energy and food – now commonly understood as the “Water-Energy-Food security NEXUS” . Going beyond the Water-Energy-Food NEXUS, the examples in this study integrate a variety of strategic urban resource sectors and services ranging from combining sustainable urban transportation with inclusive housing and employment schemes, to coupling waste management with energy production, and sanitation solutions with social inclusion and biodiversity conservation. Given the wealth of global examples to learn from, this study developed a transferrable and action-oriented methodology to operationalize such practices of organizational and resource optimization in urban and metropolitan regions.