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Planning the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus

Dr. Daphne Keilmann-Gondhalekar

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The aim of this Nexus training session is to raise participants’ awareness of the co-benefits of integrated urban planning by providing information on interlinkages between crucial environmental and social issues in different contexts and sustainable urban and regional development strategies and technologies. In particular, to enhance awareness on potential synergies between climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches and measures. The training will provide participants with tools that will facilitate the development of more natural resources and energy efficient, and socially inclusive innovative integrated urban planning “models”. Further, it will serve to familiarize participants with the challenges of a transdisciplinary discussion between actors engaged in the design, decision-making, implementation and construction of large-scale urban design projects. The target group are local inhabitants, developers, planners, academics, NGOs, decision- and policy-makers, and others. The training has 3 steps: a context assessment exercise is used to highlight key assets, issues and synergy opportunities using a matrix, with the whole group, followed by innovative integrated urban planning “model” development, where participants apply key synergy opportunities to leverage on key assets and address key issues using a community-scale area of a case study city in break-out groups, with finally a trans-disciplinary role-play game and discussion on feasibility of implementation of these innovative integrated urban planning “models”.