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About the NEXUS

The challenge of thinking in a Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus perspective is central to the Green Economy and the consideration of sustainability development goals.

The Bonn2011 Nexus Conference from 16-18 November 2011 resulted, among others, in this online resource platform, which presents a large variety of documents, presentations, news, messages and other Information from various sources on the Nexus. It aims to demonstrate the relevance of a Nexus approach for sustainable development and raises awareness that more systemic thinking is needed.

NEXUS in the Media

26 Jan 15

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Water saving potential of solar photovoltaic and wind among key findings of new IRENA report

26 Jan 15

CGIAR African News

Competing demands for land, water and energy are already affecting the environment in and around cities, in which more than half of all people live. These demands need effective managment.

26 Jan 15

Renewable Energy Focus

Mechanical & Electrical Co to construct the world’s first bioenergy pilot project to use desert land - irrigated by seawater - to produce both bioenergy and food

23 Jan 15

Gulf News

Water saving potential of renewable energy among key findings of new Irena report

21 Jan 15

The New Lingo of Resource Management

The tremendous demand human society has for water, food and energy is only expected to increase. And as sectors search for ways to apply integrated solutions that address the needs of all three sectors, they are too often leaving out a critical component - nature - says Ecosystem Marketplace’s most recent report on watershed investments. By Kelli Barrett, Ecosystem Marketplace

The concept of natural or “green” infrastructure is replacing the old-school “gray” infrastructure of concrete and steel that has traditionally been used to address water, energy and food security challenges. Unfortunately the success stories are the exception that proves the rule, as investment in green infrastructure to solve nexus challenges often falls short of its potential.

23 Dec 14

Chapel Hill Nexus Conference

The forthcoming “Nexus Conference on Water, Food, Climate and Energy”, taking place in Chapel Hill/USA on 15-17 March 2015 is now accepting side event requests. The conference organisers have also drafted a list of planned outcomes, i.e. a Nexus Declaration Input to the SDG Process, a Draft of Nexus Principles for Companies, and Draft for Nexus Guidance for Governments.

21 Jan 15

Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Publisher Elsevier invites papers from researchers and practitioners in engineering, natural and social sciences as well as humanities. Articles at the interface of these disciplines are particularly encouraged. Deadline is 28 Feb 2015.

More News

19 Dec 14

Water-Energy Nexus

The business world is quickly beginning to understand the intersection of the water sector and the energy sector and the significant impact they have on business operations. In the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors, energy efficiency and other measures could save as much as 15-30 percent of water use without reducing operations. By Kate Zerrenner

18 Nov 14

Urban Nexus

“Operationalizing the Urban NEXUS: Towards resource efficient and integrated cities and metropolitan regions” highlights benefits of Urban NEXUS approach for resource optimization in cities around the world.

17 Nov 14

Water-Sustainability Nexus

The book, edited by Walter Leal and Vakur Sumer, is intended to provide a notable contribution towards addressing the growing need for high-quality, interdisciplinary papers, which can be used not only as a valuable information source but also as tools to support teaching and research and, as an added value, help to assist in decision-making. Abstracts for chapter proposals must be submitted by 25 Dec 2014.

14 Nov 14

Call for Papers

Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), a constituent of Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune, India invites full length papers to be presented at the International Conference on Emerging Challenges in Business for Global Sustainability (SIIBICON 2015) to be organized on 20-21 February, 2015 in Pune, India. Deadline is 25 November 2014.

11 Nov 14


Does a shift in global policy debates toward the “water-energy-food security nexus” – that is, looking at competition over natural resources to provide for these vital needs – translate into any real change in the way water is managed? Is the concept useful in this era of a changing climate?

Forthcoming Events

29–30 Jan 15


The Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting will take place in Bangkok during 29-30 January 2015 with an emphasis on the cooperation on water, energy, and food issues

20–21 Feb 15


The Conference will aim to deliberate and discuss on business related issues revolving around sustainability, geopolitical impacts around global trade mechanisms, agriculture, land use, water and energy ...  nexus, climate change and its linkages to development. Focus themes would include emerging market mechanisms that provide transformative solutions including potential game changers in business and industry.

New Resources

22 Jan 15


Addressing the Energy-Water Nexus

How can we reduce the consumption of fresh water used to produce electricity? This infographic summarizes some of the discussion points.

21 Jan 15


Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus

To overcome the increasing constraints the world faces, we need to fundamentally rethink how we produce and consume energy in relation to the water and food sectors.

New NEXUS Practice Solutions

21 Feb 14

Research and Technology

This project which is funded by the European Union aims to bring emission-free plant and fish breeding from research to market.

02 Dec 13

Case study

Mauritius has recently developed a remarkable tourist and financial sector. Nevertheless the agricultural sector is still strong: The sugarcane production uses a considerable part of the water resources. ...  This case study focusses on the options of reaching food and energy sufficiency on Mauritius by changes in the agricultural sector.


  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

  • Bonn Perspectives

initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen
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