Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus

June 12th, 2015 Germany


The urban population in Asia is growing by 44 million people every year. This presents urban supply systems and operators with huge challenges. Especially when it comes to water supply and sanitation, energy supply and efficiency, land use and food security, most Asian cities have already reached a critical situation, which makes sustainable development seem difficult to achieve. Municipalities in Asia usually plan and manage their activities along sectoral lines rather than in an integrated manner. Thus, they are unable to make adequate use of the interrelationship between the three ‘nexus’ sectors (water, energy and food security) or to fully exploit the resulting potentials and synergies for their implementation processes.

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