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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

01 Sep 14

A new report released by REEEP – the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership – shows how businesses can take the lead in creating sustainable solutions within the water-energy-food nexus. ...  But governments must do more to help small businesses benefit from the value added of integrated thinking about water, energy, and food.

01 Sep 14

Farming First

Ahead of World Water Week, which begins this Sunday, we invited Colleen L. Boodleman, an AgWater Science consultant with the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance to explain how local, urban agriculture ...  projects can solve the challenges posed by the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. This blog is part of our ongoing series with the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development network (YPARD).

31 Aug 14

The Guardian

Torgny Holmgren explains why the 2014 theme is energy and water and what impact he hopes this year’s conference will have

31 Aug 14

Zawya

The Sahara Forest Project (SFP) pilot facility in Qatar has been cited by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations as an example for making possible “high-quality and diverse food ...  productions in desert areas, minimising energy and freshwater needs”. “The facility is technology-intensive, but the experience could be replicated in coastal areas of other dry countries,” the FAO has suggested in its latest key publication, Walking the Nexus Talk: Assessing the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in the Context of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

25 Aug 14

China

China’s rapidly growing economy is very quickly testing the limits of its resource constraints. While China is home to a quarter of the world’s population, it is endowed with disproportionately less arable land, oil and water. By Julian L. Wong.

Such natural resources are vital to any nation’s ability to be self-sufficient, but China’s predicament is especially dire not only because of its large population, but also its rapid urbanization and climate change, both of which will exert more intensive demands on food, energy and water supply. Yet, other than recognizing that water is essential for agriculture, the discussion of each resource constraint is often conducted in isolation, without paying heed to the inter-linkages of food, energy and water systems.

31 Aug 14

Job

Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hires an Assistant Professor for the Economics of Energy, Water and Food Systems. Deadline for application is 31 Jan 2015.

28 Aug 14

Water-Energy Nexus

A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities, attempts to plan for this uncertainty by providing a landmark review of the US energy-water nexus - the first report of its kind from DOE. - by Kate Zerrenner

More News

03 Jul 14

Water Dialogue Forum

IGAD has designed the Inland Water Resources Management Program, INWRMP, with the objective of harnessing its water resources in an integrated and coordinated manner so as to achieve food security, avoid potential or real water related conflicts and attain peace and sustainable development.The IGAD-INWRMP is going to have a Water Dialogue Forum on “Water for Regional Cooperation” on 3-5 Dec 2014, Nairobi, Kenya. Deadline for papers is 15 Aug 2014.

03 Jul 14

Urban Nexus

The third regional workshop on “Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: the Urban Nexus” took place from 25-27 June, 2014 in Da Nang, Viet Nam organised by GIZ in cooperation with UN ESCAP and ICLEI SEAS. The workshop concentrated on innovative technologies with regard to waste water management creating the link to energy, irrigation water and fertilizer/night soil generation (“close the loop”) as well as on alternative concepts of solid waste treatment (Maximum Yield Technology/MYT).

30 Jun 14

Nexus and Security Thinking

The STEPS centre is currently conducting a research project investigating the impact of the nexus on water security issues in South East Asia. It has just published a working paper on the water-energy-food nexus. Being the new “buzzword” in policy circles, the nexus can perhaps further the important work of an integrated approach in policy making. But, to reach its full potential, it is important to consider questions of social justice, the current framings of security that are inherent in the nexus, and who stands in a position to influence these conceptions. - By Jeremy Allouche and Maria Cooper.

29 Jun 14

Nexus and Peace

Interview with Ciarán Ó Cuinn, director of the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), an international organisation working on solutions to fresh water scarcity in the Middle East.

27 Jun 14

Water-Energy Nexus and Hydropower

This opinion piece comments on the March 2014 paper “Should we build more large dams? The actual costs of hydropower megaproject development” by Atif Ansar and colleagues published in Energy Policy. By Jerson Kelman, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Former President of Brazilian Water Agency and Brazilian Electricity Agency.

Forthcoming Events

02 Sep 14

Seminar at the World Water Week 2014

This seminar will provoke discussion on exploiting the sanitation value chain and understanding how the benefits and costs are perceived and accounted for throughout the value chain.

02 Sep 14

Seminar at the World Water Week 2014

Two key inter-related questions urgently need addressing: a) how can these partnerships be made most effective to tackle shared water-related challenges to support water security, and b) how can their societal benefit be ensured?

New Resources

31 Aug 14

Book

Profit from Storage

The Costs and Benefits of Water Buffering. A book by 3R initiative

31 Aug 14

Paper

The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus in the Mekong Basin

German development cooperation provides nexus solutions. A paper by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) published in August 2014

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.

Partners

  • 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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