Asian cities commit to develop ‘integrated, resource-efficient, inclusive cities’

Ten Asian cities, eight from Southeast Asia, committed to the Nexus Partnership Declaration for Developing Integrated, Resource-efficient, and Inclusive Cities for a Better Future during the 5th Regional Workshop on the project, ‘Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus’ held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 17-19 June 2015.

The builds on the momentum set by the Seoul Declaration, adopted by 100 mayors at the ICLEI World Congress 2015 in Seoul, South Korea, which upholds the Urban Nexus as one of its guiding principles. The Urban Nexus is an approach to urban planning that maximizes the interactions and synergies within the three ‘nexus’ sectors (water, energy, and food security) under the concept of integrated resource management.

Signing the Declaration were the project partner cities of Pekanbaru and Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia; Baguio, Naga, and Santa Rosa, Philippines; Korat and Chiang Mai, Thailand; Da Nang, Vietnam; Rizhao, China; and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

“Cities tend to plan and manage resources [along sectoral lines]. However, water, food, and energy are interconnected and ‘silo’ thinking prevents efficient resource use and overlooks opportunities for synergies across sectors. Therefore, sustainably managing the natural resource base that underpins socio-economic development of cities requires an integrated and cross-sectoral approach,” the Declaration reads.

Along these lines, the cities commit to:

  • Raise the level of ambition at the local level to design and implement programs and projects applying Nexus principles;
  • Strengthen local governance by creating an enabling environment for various departments to work together;
  • Develop and implement initiatives to increase various stakeholders' awareness of the nexus approach and its underlying principles;
  • Continuously and actively engage with other cities to share nexus experiences and lessons learnt, and to replicate successes where possible; and
  • Create multi-stakeholder platforms for discussions and dialogue in order to jointly identify solutions and enabling factors in the nexus sectors.

The project, ‘Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus’ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ, in partnership with UNESCAP, ICLEI, and the Nexus partner cities.

Read the summary report of the 5th Regional Workshop here.
Download the Nexus Partnership Declaration here.

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This article appears in LOGOS No. 5 (July 2015), quarterly newsletter of ICLEI SEAS.
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