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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 Aug 14

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has published the Final Programme for World Water Week 2014 which starts on Sunday – this year’s thematic focus is on the energy-water nexus.

26 Aug 14

SundiataPost

The experts proposed a “nexus approach’” in plans to improve food, energy and water security by integrating the management of the limited resources, while transitioning to a more “green” economy which ...  would provide adequate food, energy and water for the expanding human population.

23 Aug 14

Global institutions are still in the learning phase when it comes to successfully managing water and energy in an integrated manner as part of the quest for sustainable development.

22 Aug 14

Turkish Review

Turkey is in dire need of energy supplies to fuel its rapidly growing economy. The country has become increasingly dependent on energy imports, adding ever more to its energy bill. Domestic production, ...  both conventional and unconventional, is therefore becoming crucial for Turkey’s energy security. This report addresses the advantages and the shortcomings of developments in unconventional ways of energy production in Turkey

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.

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).

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.

More News

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.

26 Jun 14

Water-Energy Research

This question is answered by two new publications by SNV which analyse how biogas and renewable energy can be used by smallholder farmers for their irrigation needs.

24 Jun 14

Water-Energy Nexus

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report that frames an integrated challenge and opportunity space around the water-energy nexus for DOE and its partners and lays the foundation for future efforts.

Forthcoming Events

31 Aug–05 Sep 14

Water-Energy Nexus

In addressing the water-energy nexus, the World Water Week 2014 in Stockholm will attempt to take an overall “systems view” of how to develop and manage energy and water for the good of society and ecosystems ...  - at local, national, regional and global levels - and avoid unintended consequences of narrow sectoral approaches. The “water, energy and food security nexus”, underpinning the green growth approach, will be central to the agenda.

05 Sep 14

Summit

The Energy and Water Nexus Summit 3 is follow-up to the preceding Summits held in 2012 and 2013, and this year’s event will provide the opportunity to continue to explore the vital intersection of energy ...  and water resources, and the effects and economic implications of energy and water issues on our state.

New Resources

23 Aug 14

Post

The FoodEnergyWater Nexus: An Integrated Approach to Understanding China’s Resource Challenges

In this post, originally published in Harvard Asia Quarterly, Julian Wong draws the connections between food, water and energy systems in China and makes the case for the urgent need for more integrated ...  approaches to resource management.

22 Aug 14

Video

Nexus Dialogue: Triggering Cooperation across Food-Water-Energy Nexus in Central Asia

In July 2014, fifty experts and decision makers from the Central Asian region and the international community met in Istanbul, Turkey, for a workshop on the water-energy nexus in Central Asia.

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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