Building better systems for resilient and sustainable futures

Building better systems for resilient and sustainable futures


June 23, 2020    
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Date: June 23, 2020 at 16:00

Building better systems for resilient and sustainable futuresAs part of the Bonn Water Lecture series, this webinar has been organized by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, Germany. It will bring together experts to share their views on the nexus between water-energy-agriculture-health-environment systems for resilient and sustainable futures in light of the global pandemic.

Facilitators: Luna Bharati, IWMI; Jonathan Lautze, IWMI


One Health: Water Related Aspects Prof. Mariele Evers, University of Bonn
Resilient Infrastructure Dr. Jeff Opperman, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), USA
Water-Energy-Food Nexus for Resilience and Sustainability Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook, IWMI

The speakers will present and discuss: (i) examples of inter-sectoral water management approaches for optimal health for humans, animals, plants and the environment; (ii) potential for and barriers to upscaling successful examples of nexus systems and resilient infrastructure; and (iii) the way forward.


Covid-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in existing systems. Most governments are currently focused on developing immediate response plans – overwhelmingly focused on containing health risks. Nonetheless, as the impact of the virus slows, there is recognition of the need for better post-pandemic systems – a world that might be characterized by a ‘new normal’, which is more resilient to future shocks. Precisely how the new normal is realized remains to be seen. However, there is strong ambition to build more resilient and sustainable systems that can withstand future shocks and disruptions while supporting sustainability in all its dimensions (environmental, economic and social).

In the context of water management, at least three aims need better attention and integration: (i) health aspects of water management need to be mainstreamed, (ii) water infrastructure needs to be resilient, and (iii) the water-energy-food nexus needs implementation with sustainability and resilience at its center.

To foster progress toward realization of these aims, this webinar will include presentations on how the ‘One Health’ approach can be incorporated into water management, how the use of resilient infrastructure can become standard practice, and how the water-energy-food nexus approach can strengthen the focus on sustainability and resilience.

The Bonn Water Group is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Date: June 23, 2020 (Tuesday), 16:00 Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

Meeting ID: 924 6360 1703
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