Sixth Regional Workshop kicks off second phase of Urban Nexus
Panel discussion among Urban Nexus partner cities at the Sixth Regional Worksop on ‘Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus,’ held on June 22-23, 2016 in Santa Rosa City, Philippines.
From top: Ms. Ruth Erlbeck, GIZ Urban Nexus Project Director; participants at Day 1 of the Sixth Regional Workshop; site visit at Barangay Labas, Santa Rosa City. (Click images for larger view)

Over 130 local and international participants attended the Sixth Regional Workshop on ‘Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus,’ held on June 22-23 in Santa Rosa City, Philippines, to review and discuss experiences from the project’s first phase (2013-15) and kick off the project’s second phase (2016-18).

The workshop was organized by ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) in partnership with GIZ, UNESCAP, and the City Government of Santa Rosa. The Urban Nexus project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Joining the Regional Workshop were representatives from Nexus partner cities, including Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Naga and Santa Rosa, Philippines; Chiang Mai and Korat, Thailand; and Da Nang, Vietnam, and officials from national ministries, city networks, international organizations, and private sector. Participants from India, Indonesia, Korea, and Germany were likewise present.

The activity was formally opened by Hon. Arlene Arcillas, Santa Rosa City Mayor; Hon. Michael Hasper, Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in the Philippines; Dr. Donovan Storey, Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section of UNESCAP; and Mr. Vic Aquitania, Regional Director of ICLEI SEAS.

Ms. Ruth Erlbeck, GIZ Urban Nexus Project Director, presented the project’s accomplishments under its first phase and provided an overview of the second phase’s objectives. She noted that a total of 24 ‘nexus initiatives’ (cross-sectoral infrastructure project proposals) have been elaborated during the first phase with an investment amount of USD 320 million, including pre-feasibility studies with cost estimations. She also highlighted that the “nexus concept has been increasing taken up by partner cities” through continued capacity building and provision of technical assistance, especially in the area of infrastructure development.

The Urban Nexus project intends to promote a “circular economy” approach where resources such as water, food, and energy are used (and reused) more efficiently and effectively. The project’s second phase takes into account important global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the upcoming United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which will outline an international New Urban Agenda.

Read the full workshop summary here.
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