At the core of the Nexus Approach is the captivation with interrelatedness and interdependencies. When we talk about the approach in terms of environmental resources management, we think of the nexus between water, soil, and waste. But another dimension of the nexus that must be considered is the relationship between different actors — for example, between scientists and policymakers.
This year’s Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC2017) sought to put the nexus into action by bringing people from different disciplines and sectors together to discuss issues related to environmental resources management. Over three days (17–19 May), the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), and the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) welcomed 425 participants from 50 countries to this biennial conference.
Under the theme “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Nexus Approach: Monitoring and Implementation”, the conference gave participants an overview of the issues related to monitoring and implementation strategies; a particular focus was on Multifunctional Land-Use Systems and Resources Management in Resilient Cities. DNC2017 also reinforced the need for the Nexus Approach in order to arrive at sustainable solutions for our environment.