Serena Caucci

Serena Caucci
United Nations University (UNU) | UNU · Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

PhD

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Introduction
Serena Caucci currently works at the Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), United Nations University (UNU). Serena does research in Irrigation and Water Management, Waste Management and Environmental Science. Their current project is 'COST Action ES1403: New and emerging challenges and opportunities in wastewater reuse (NEREUS)'.
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February 2016 - April 2018
United Nations University (UNU)
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  • Research Associate

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Publications (41)
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This paper explores the relationships between textile wastewater management and its impact on ecosystems and community livelihoods. Using the case of the wastewater management practices of the Bangladesh textile industry and thematic analysis of key informant interviews with industry representatives in the production value chain, the study illustra...
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Water plays a vital role in human socioeconomic development and overall well-being, making its effective management essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The close interlinkage between water, other environmental resources, and socioeconomic development have prompted the emergence and adoption of holistic and trans-sectoral conce...
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Transdisciplinary research has gained momentum in the field of environmental sustainability. Research highlights that high degrees of participation in research can help identify integrated and acceptable solutions on the ground. However, research has also shown that high degrees of participation do not automatically result in positive outcomes. Thi...
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In 2021, the Rhine-Meuse region in European countries including Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands was affected by devastating floods with > 240 causalities and damaged infrastructures worth billions of Euros. The event received global attention and various and diverse responses and reflections from researchers and research institutions, media,...
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To increase the resilience of agroecosystems, and allow for sustainable economic reactivation, it is vital that the introduction of sustainable measures - particularly in agriculture – is advanced via an integrated management approach such as the Resource Nexus. An essential aspect of this approach is to optimise the efficiency of ecosystems and re...
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To increase the resilience of agroecosystems, and allow for sustainable economic reactivation, it is vital that the introduction of sustainable measures - particularly in agriculture – is advanced via an integrated management approach such as the Resource Nexus. An essential aspect of this approach is to optimise the efficiency of ecosystems and re...
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Currently installed wastewater treatment systems in many developing countries are unsustainable, failing in either the social, economic or ecological dimension of sustainability. Nexus research looking at resources involved in wastewater treatment could support the transition towards more sustainable systems. Nexus thinking aims to overcome bio-phy...
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Around 20% of the global water abstractions are originated by the industrial sector, while water demand overall will increase by 20–33% by 2050. Wastewater could provide an alternative source of water for industrial activities. There are not many studies exploring the potential of treated wastewater use under a private–public partnership (PPP), des...
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Municipal wastewater is a major source of water for multiple uses, particularly in water-scarce regions. It is now recognized as a valuable resource rather than a waste stream with a focus toward resource recovery. Tailored technologies, adaptive policies, and regulations, as well as innovative finance mechanisms that create an enabling environment...
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Environmental problems are often wicked, shaped by conflicts, complexity, and uncertainty. Research is called here to design effective management approaches adapted to these specific features of environmental problems. However, management approaches hardly account for both result‐orientation and the respective management needs in the face of wicked...
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The textile industry has led to economic prosperity but harms the environment caused by untreated textile wastewater. This paper aims to integrate the textile value chain (TVC), resource nexus, the textile production chain (TPC), focusing on wastewater management (WWM) and environmental consequences (EC). The SCOPUS electronic database has selected...
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This study was aimed at identifying how drip irrigation could be useful in controlling heavy-metal issues, practically and affordably. A vegetable crop (i.e. cauliflower) was the subject of the test. Heavy-metal accumulation in soils and uptake by cauliflower curds were observed for two consecutive years. Municipal wastewater and groundwater were u...
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The advancement and modernization of industries have provided numerous benefits to human life including diversification of manufacturing a wide range of products made from plastic materials, thereby leading to the generation of huge quantities of plastic waste. Due to the increasing issues related with plastic waste, recycling methods have now attr...
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The presence of antibiotic resistance in wastewater sparked a great interest in investigating the inactivation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria by disinfecting agents. In this study, the inactivation kinetics of multidrug-resistant E. coli and enterococci by an emerging environmentally-friendly disinfectant, peracetic acid (PAA), in wastewater and...
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The business case for circular economy in water management perspective has gain relevance in the recent times. By 2030, it is estimated that 160% of global total available water will be required to satisfy demand of anthropogenic-related activities and increasing waste-related water will be produced. Gaps on the conceptual framing of water reuse wi...
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Water resources and their properties highly vary in both space and time and their observations have high uncertainties. The characterization of this variability requires long-term spatially distributed observations, that allow the recognition of spatio-temporal patterns and changes. Unlike other engineering activities that typically can be satisfie...
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Organic waste composting is another excellent example to demonstrate the power and the benefits of nexus thinking. Even though organic waste composting itself is not a new topic, those who want to start a new project or align an ongoing project with nexus thinking, find it difficult to gather the necessary information. With nine case studies from f...
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Compost is a widely accepted organic fertiliser throughout the world. It is being produced using a wide variety of source materials at household to commercial scale. With the increased population and changes in food consumption pattern tending towards a vegetable-and meat-rich diet, the amount of organic waste generated in urban and peri-urban sett...
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Preface: Composting is not a new topic; there is already plenty of literature in the public domain. However, despite how convincing it is as a concept, the practical implementation of composting has not realized its full potential. Massive amounts of food waste and other organic materials that end up in landfills (and waste dumps) become a source o...
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This introductory chapter explains why organic waste composting is considered as one of the best examples to demonstrate the benefits of nexus thinking. Current literature is rich with information covering various aspects of composting process. However, it mainly represents two distinct fields: waste from the management point of view and soil/agric...
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The United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development underlines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets. The lack of holistic knowledge on the interdependency between the SDGs and an interpretation of cause-and-effect relationships that connect the SDGs enormously challenges national policymakers that must implement that are in c...
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Although river water quality monitoring (WQM) networks play an important role in water management, their effectiveness is rarely evaluated. This study aims to evaluate and optimize water quality variables and monitoring sites to explain the spatial and temporal variation of water quality in rivers, using principal component analysis (PCA). A comple...
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This document contains the report of the workshop entitled “Green adaptation strategies for water security in the Central American dry corridor” organized in Nicoya, Costa Rica, on 26 March 2019. The workshop represented the official kick-off meeting of the bilateral German - Costa Rican project “Facilitation of green adaptation techniques for redu...
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Sewage sludge is a by-product of wastewater treatment and has a complex composition including organic matter and nutrients. The recovery of the useful components can partially buffer the continuous depletion of natural resources. However, due to a range of many complex variables, such as concerns on safe-use practices and lack of technical capaciti...
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Water quality monitoring (WQM) is crucial for managing and protecting riverine ecosystems. Current WQM network design practices often rely on unsubstantiated criteria rather than accountable algorithms. Water managers face difficulties to relate the impact of local boundary conditions on the choice of appropriate WQM network design methods. After r...
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Wastewater management in Latin America faces great challenges to reach a sustainable state. Although enough infrastructure has been built to treat around 40% of wastewater, only between 15-20% is effectively treated, and abandoned or defective infrastructure is a common sight. Data about current conditions at specific sites is quite fragmented, whe...
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Wastewater treatment plants play an important role in the emergence of antibiotic resistance. They provide a hot spot for exchange of resistance within and between species. Here, we analyse and quantify the genomic diversity of the indicator Escherichia coli in a German wastewater treatment plant and we relate it to isolates' antibiotic resistance....
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Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management is an essential service for an urban population to maintain sanitation. Managing MSW is complex as the treatment/recovery options depend not only on the volume of waste, but also on the socioeconomic conditions of the population. This paper focusses on MSW management in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) c...
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Water, soil, and waste are three key resources associated with agriculture and thus food production as they are closely related to each other. An integrated management of these three resources can bring more benefits to society through increased resource usage efficiency. This approach is commonly known as the Nexus Approach. Safe use of wastewater...

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