Workshop B3: The Role of the Nexus in the Implementation of the SDGs
Chaired by Claudia Pahl-Wostl
Presenting speakers :
i) universality, ii) integration and iii) transformation.
This paper explores opportunities for integrated (“nexus”) SDG implementation Science has begun to quantify critical inter‐linkages (“nexi”), tradeoffs and synergies among and between different natural resources and human securities, which in turn reflect different environment‐ and development‐related SDGs.
This scientific information is to be translated into policy relevant knowledge for integrated management and governance of natural resources, facilitating horizontal and vertical policy integration.
Horizontally integration has a management and a governance dimension:
1) management: integrated management of natural resource, in particular for increasing resource use efficiency and decoupling resource use and environmental pressure from human securities / development
2) governance: policy coherence (between different policy areas), balancing the required level of institutional and policy coordination and integration vs. specialization Vertical integration aligns relevant goals and targets across scales (downscaling and upscaling), i.e. national, regional and global.
This paper maps interlinkages across SDGs with existing policies and institutions for integrated SDG implementation.
The presentation draws on an interdisciplinary case study in Uzbekistan. Intensive irrigated agriculture is a main economic activity in the lower Amudarya Basin which is threatened by the precarious irrigation water supplies and increasing soil salinity. As an alternative land-use afforestation of degraded croplands has been proved technically feasible and economically beneficial for farmers in the region. Afforestation of highly salinized cropland patches with well-adapted, multi-purpose tree species showed the potential to provide a multitude of agro-ecosystem services and rural income by providing timber and firewood while requiring little irrigation. However, implementation of the proposed solution remains limited.
The study provides an example of integrative scientific assessment targeting analysis of the WEF Nexus by disintegrating the evaluation of the solution strategy into 6 different domains: trees, water, land, economy, society, and institutions. However, mutual interdisciplinary understanding required significant time and capacities and hindered sound reintegration. Accordingly education and capacity building in terms of Nexus-thinking is needed for both, scientists as well as decision makers to ensure sustainable implementation of the WEF Nexus and the SDGs.
Target audience: We invite interested participants from all disciplines and at all career stages specially early stage PhD student and postdocs.
Date and time: Jun 15th, 15:45 – 17:30
Location: ZUK, Osnabrück, Room 1
- Claudia Pahl-Wostl