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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

23 Sep 14

WGA InsureBlog

In 1955, Mormon Island, a gold-rush era mining town in Northern California, was flooded to create the Folsom Lake and Dam to supply drinking water and hydroelectric power to residents in the area. Today, ...  due to historically low water levels, the abandoned town is resurfacing, with building remnants and artifacts turning up in the lake’s receding water after being submerged for nearly 60 years. While tourists are flocking to the site, it is one of the many ominous symbols of the worst drought in California history.

23 Sep 14


Water, energy and food systems are inextricably linked: Water and energy are needed to produce food; water is needed for most power generation; energy is required to treat and transport water -- the relationships ...  and trade-offs within this triangle of resources are known collectively as the water-energy-food nexus, according to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) who has a new report focusing on creating sustainable solutions within the water-energy-food nexus.

23 Sep 14

IWA Blog

How does Stockholm’s World Water Week compliment the IWA World Water Congress, this year held in Lisbon? World Water Week has a strong focus on policy, stakeholder engagement and alignment with the UN ...  objectives. WWC showcases the practice and cutting edge technical innovations, while linking to the policy discussion in Stockholm. The overlap is where policy, science and practice all interlink. As we lead up to the World Water Congress in Lisbon, the knowledge and connections made in Stockholm are a leverage point to highlight some of the workshops, forums and technical sessions at the Congress.

22 Sep 14

Ventures Africa

frica plans to lay out a strong case for increased investments in the water, food and energy sectors at the UN Climate Summit in New York to be held on 23 September, according to the Secretariat of the ...  ClimDev-Africa Programme in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

23 Sep 14

Save Energy

When we think about water deficiency, we don’t necessarily consider how it might be related to our energy consumption. However, water and energy are highly connected to one another. - by Anna Hahnemann

Energy production requires an enormous amount of water, ranking as the second most water consuming industry in the country. Conversely, about 90 percent of U.S. energy is generated from nuclear and fossil power plants, which require 190,000 million gallons of water per day to produce electricity, accounting for 39% of the nation’s freshwater withdrawals. Unfortunately, this interdependence creates a vicious cycle in which the more energy we consume, the more water is used, and vice-versa.

15 Sep 14


To understand the existing knowledge, experience and competencies of academia and industry on the Nexus, especially in Egypt, Trinex have designed a questionnaire. It will help to understand which expertise is already available and what specific support stakeholders need to integrate their activities in the water-energy-food nexus. Everybody is invited to participate.

22 Sep 14

NY Climate Summit

Africa plans to lay out a strong case for increased investments in the water, food and energy sectos at the UN Climate Summit in New York to be held on 23 September, according to the Secretariat of the ClimDev-Africa Programme in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

More News

11 Sep 14

Water-Energy Nexus

ERANETMED, an EU initiative aiming at co-ordinating research activities, has pre-announced the first joint call for transnational research projects. The objective is to develop joint research and to enhance new innovative approaches and technologies in the Mediterranean region. Deadline is 31 Jan 2015.

10 Sep 14

World Water Week 2014

The 2014 World Water Week just ended in Stockholm and this year’s theme was “Water and Energy: a vital link for a sustainable future”. Miriam Imalingat of the Global Water Initiative - East Africa - summarises why this was an event for GWI.

09 Sep 14

PhD Project

PhD research opportunity at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester. The project will use life cycle thinking to assess the sustainability of different food production options with the aim of minimising energy and water use as well as other environmental impacts. This will be carried out through whole system modelling and use of tools such as life cycle assessment and life cycle costing. As a result, recommendations and guidance will be provided to industry and government on how energy, water and environmental impacts from food production and consumption can be minimised.

08 Sep 14

Urban Food Production

Producing food at a local scale is one of the ways urban agriculture is involved in sustainably reshaping the interconnections between local water, energy, and food sectors in San Francisco. Here’s how! - by Colleen L. Boodleman

02 Sep 14

World Water Week 2014

2014 is shaping up to be the year of the energy-water nexus. First, the United Nation’s World Water Day centered on this topic. Then, the U.S. Department of Energy released a 250-page report on the energy-water nexus and indicated that it will be included in its Quadrennial Energy Review. And, this week, the biggest international water conference, World Water Week, is taking on the nexus. - By Kate Zerrenner

Forthcoming Events

06–08 Oct 14


This panel at SXSW Eco at Austin/Texas intends to teach how the renewable energy water nexus can be harnessed together.

08 Oct 14


An initiative of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Business Week

New Resources

23 Sep 14


Food Security And Conflict In The ESCWA Region

The Section for Emerging and Conflict Related Issues (ECRI) at ESCWA has prepared this study as part of a series of publications aimed at analyzing the socio-economic impact of conflict and its spillover ...  effects in the ESCWA region. The publications include policy recommendations aimed at enhancing the capacity of policymakers in countries experiencing conflict to develop appropriate strategies and programs for the achievement of social and economic development goals in the region.

23 Sep 14


The Stress Nexus: Tackling the Growing Demand for Energy, Food & Water | Innovation Untold

As the global population continues to grow it’s estimated that, by 2050, the world will need up to 60% more food than today to meet demand. Shell looks at the great work being done by innovative companies ...  to address this and other energy issues.

Innovation Untold is a partnership between Shell and WIRED, showcasing the innovative work Shell does in a range of areas that is helping to redefine the energy sector.

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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