Resilient Cities 2011 2nd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change Bonn, Germany, 3 - 5 June 2011

Session description as of 30 May 2011


Urban design for resilience: Water, energy, food security in the urban system
Strategy dialogue (sub-plenary)
Session language: Contact: In cooperation with: English Monika Zimmermann German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU)

Date: Saturday, 4 June Time: 9:00-10:30 Room: S29-31

This panel is organized as contribution to the preparatory process for the international conference “The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus – water resources in the green economy”, to which the German government will invite for November 2011 to Bonn/ Germany as contribution to the Rio+20 preparations. Background and thematic guiding questions The availability of water resources in sufficient quality and quantity is very often the major bottleneck for development and the trade-offs between different water uses (energy and food production, drinking water supply, ecosystems) are increasingly getting tough in terms of resource allocation and planning. Global framework conditions such as climate change, population growth and urbanization will intensify these impacts. What does this mean for cities? Aim: Substantial input for the Bonn2011 conference topics and potential outputs Establish a thematic understanding of the nexus for the local authorities/ municipalities Contribute to a better understanding of the interlinkages between the three sectors and receive feedback on the urban perspective to the Nexus Identification of best practices and hot issues to be discussed at the conference Discuss possible solutions, set of enablers, standards, benchmarks, drivers for change

Not to discuss problems but rather identify hot topics, solutions and enabling frameworks.

Introduction by Uschi Eid (5-10 minutes) Providing an overall understanding for future constraints concerning the three sectors for urban local governance systems

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German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Chittagong. Germany NN. Stakeholder Forum. (5 minutes each) Panelists provide hot topics (critical points/ issues) for the following discussion Panel discussion The presentations will be followed by intensive discussion and interaction with the audience lead by the following guiding questions: What are the trade-offs between the securities in the urban sector? Where are the greatest opportunities for creating synergies by addressing water. Mexico City. energy and food security issues in an integrated way? What are the hot topics now and in future that deserve high attention when looking through the security nexus lens? How to create a better understanding the inter-linkages between the three securities? How to trigger the desired change? How could sector decisions be interlinked? How to transform the tipping point to a turning point? What is needed from local governments. Department of Environment. Minister for the Environment. bonn2011@iclei. SWITCH Project Manager. Co-Chair Bonn 2011 Process. energy and food security nexus lens be institutionalized in urban planning and decision making processes? What are important debates for the Bonn 2011 Conference? What initiatives. processes and conferences are already in place that deal with the water. Director General. IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature. business and civil society to achieve this? Particularly. ICLEI. The Next Practice. Bangladesh Page 2 of 2 . Ministry of Environment and Forest. The Netherlands Jeb Brugmann. Director. Secretary General‘s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB). Executive Director. Vice Chair. Bonn. Switzerland Martha Delgado. UNESCO-Institute for Water and Education. Gland.BMZ Explanation of the nexus Considering the nexus Outlining the conference action fields Introducing the structure and potential outcomes of Bonn2011 Input statements by Panelists along specific guiding questions. Canada Zafar Alam. UK Uschi Eid. Managing Partner. World Secretariat. Germany Julia Marton-Lefevre. . what roles can a) policy. Phone: +49-228/976 299 28. ICLEI Vice President Carol Howe. Germany.Resilient Cities Congress Secretariat. b) finance and c) technology play? Are there good examples of how businesses/organisations are addressing water. energy and food security issues and what are the key lessons being drawn from these examples? What are best practice solutions and enabling conditions? How to integrate the nexus approach in planning cities of the future before change become complex as urbanization advances? How can the water. energy and food security nexus? - - - CONTRIBUTORS Facilitator Panelist Panelist Panelist Panelist Panelist Panelist Panelist Felix Dodds.