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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

25 May 16


As a policy researcher for our Department of Water, Agriculture and Food (WLV), you will analyse the role of policy coherence in the nexus between water management, land use, food production and security, ...  energy use and production, and climate change

24 May 16

IPS Inter Press Service

All people, economies, and ecosystems depend on water. Yet water is often taken for granted, overused, abused, and poorly managed.

20 May 16


The keynote speakers at Day 2 of African Utility Week looked at the interconnectivity of the cornerstones of sustainable development

20 May 16

Engineering News

The interplay between water and energy is more critical than ever.

19 May 16


Lauren Hooley, Research Assistant, Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme with Furture Directions International

  • Water is essential to energy production processes in both the mining of raw materials and in power generation.
  • Energy is required for the extraction, purification, distribution, utilisation and disposal of water.
  • The risks posed by the water-energy nexus manifest differently across the Indian Ocean region and the best approach to reduce the nexus will be contingent upon each country’s geographical and social intricacies.
  • Reducing the strength of the water-energy nexus will improve the resilience of both water and energy in a future of climate and economic variability.

14 Mar 16


Sustainability Institute Projects recently completed a year-long research project entitled “Mitigating risks and vulnerabilities in the energy-food-water nexus in developing countries”, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.

15 Oct 15


A review of existing national and regional policies related to water-energy and food security nexus was undertaken for the ECOWAS region.

More News

04 Oct 15


The road to resilience - managing and financing extreme weather risks

24 Sep 15


In 2009, the Arab Gulf nation of Qatar, which imports more than 90 percent of its food, set out to improve its food security and established the Qatar National Food Security Program.

24 Sep 15


Where and how much freshwater is there in the world?

28 Jul 15


Food and water are tied to one another fundamentally. But in addition to their biophysical relationship, human systems intervene, whether through pricing schemes and trade agreements or shifting patterns in consumption and taste.

10 Jul 15


As momentum builds towards the negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals and UN climate change summit later this year, the G7 countries have made a strong statement about the importance of climate security risks.

Forthcoming Events

15–16 Jun 16


Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its Implications for Governance

21–23 Jun 16


The conference will be discussing critical water issues in the southeastern United States, as well as across the continent and globe.

New Resources

19 May 16


Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Leading Asian Sustainable Developement

19 May 16


The Water-Energy Nexus in the Indian Ocean Region

Lauren Hooley, Research Assistant, Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme with Furture Directions International

New NEXUS Practice Solutions

16 Nov 15


The water-energy-food nexus is promoted as a new approach for research and policy-making. But what does the nexus mean in practice and what kinds of benefits does it bring?

09 Nov 15

Research Project

With the world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, engineers and scientists are looking for ways to meet the increasing demand for food


  • 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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