The UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) will host a Nexus Seminar on “The Role of Complexity in Addressing the Water Quality Challenge”, presented by Sabrina Kirschke.
Nexus-related water quality problems, such as micro-pollution or leaching in agriculture, are usually described as highly complex (or “wicked”) problems that resist solutions. This is supposed to impact governance arrangements on how to address water quality challenges. Claims regarding the degree of complexity and its impacts have, however, hardly been substantiated by empirical evidence. This presentation provides insight into the multifaceted complexity of 37 pollution-related problems of German water governance within the European Water Framework Directive, and shows how the complexities of these problems impact solutions in practice.
For more information, or to register, see the event announcement on the UNU-FLORES website.