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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

18 Dec 14

Live Science

The cornerstone for all negotiations at COP21 in Paris next year remains helping nations cut carbon emissions, but other factors can easily derail the journey towards deep decarbonization.

17 Dec 14


The development sector is no stranger to buzzwords; it might even be one of the biggest producers of them. Once a buzzword catches on, it tends to have a life of its own. “Nexus” is a case in point.

16 Dec 14

New Security Beat Blog

As awareness grows after a series of spectacular and deadly spills over the last four years, activists are demanding the 61-year-old steel oil pipelines between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron be removed or reinforced.

16 Dec 14

The Ecologist

The Romans discovered the food-water-energy nexus - and not in a good way. We need to heed the warnings from Roman history.

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.

GIZ and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability are pleased to announce the publication of their joint study, “Operationalizing the Urban NEXUS: Towards resource efficient and integrated cities and metropolitan regions.” The pioneering study was carried out on behalf of the German Development Cooperation. It builds upon the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) and GIZ’s work on the NEXUS approach over the past four years and upon established concepts and practices of integrated planning to provide city makers with a framework for integrated and sustainable urban development.

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.

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.

More News

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?

06 Nov 14

The Nexus in the Arab Region

Focusing on the nexus between scarce resources is the only route to sustainable supplies of water, food and energy. A new initiative by the Stockholm Environment Institute, Texas A&M and Chatham House will act as a hub for knowledge and technology exchange, and for innovating, adapting and benchmarking solutions. By Holger Hoff and Tom Gill, SEI Stockholm

03 Nov 14

River Management

If rivers run dry or we pollute them, it’s not just wildlife that suffers; water companies, farmers and power utilities are affected too. The trade-offs referred to in abstract food-water-energy nexus debates often take tangible form when decisions are made about how to use rivers. Yet we hear little in nexus debates about these vital freshwater ecosystems. - By Dave Tickner

29 Oct 14

Nexus Tools

The Water Risk Filter - developed by World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) in collaboration with German development bank Deutsche Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) - is a free, online tool that allows investors and companies from all industry sectors to assess and quantify water-related risks across the globe.

18 Oct 14

Water-Energy Nexus

What if I told you that with the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which controls the power grid for roughly 80 percent of the state, could save more than 60,000 acre-feet (or nearly 21 billion gallons) of water per year by 2030? - by Kate Zerrenner

Forthcoming Events

21 Dec 14


Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan is organizing a visionary discussion, “Pakistan’s Resilience Challenge – Our Roles & Responsibilities,” on 21st December in Islamabad.

19–22 Jan 15

Summit and Exhibition

The International Water Summit (IWS), hosted by Masdar, is a unique global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions.

New Resources

18 Dec 14


Governance of the nexus - From buzz words to a strategic action perspective

In this think piece, the authors develop the foundations for a strategic action perspective on the governance of the nexus.

17 Dec 14


Activities on Flood Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation in the Sava River Basin

by Vasiljka Kolarov, International Sava River Basin Commission, at the Workshop on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin in Zagreb (HR) March 4-6th, 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.


  • 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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