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06–08 Nov 13

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International Roundtable on Water and Energy Nexus in Transboundary Basins in Southeastern Europe (SEE), Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina

The roundtable will bring together practitioners and decision makers from from the water resources management and hydropower production community.

The event is being co-organized and supported by the German Ministry of Environment, the Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) IW: LEARN project, the MED EUWI and the Global Water Partnership Mediterranean.

The target is to discuss possible areas of cooperation towards achieving water and energy security in transboundary basins of South East Europe (SEE). It will seek to identify related challenges and priority issues; means to address these issues; possible follow-up activities including interventions in the frameworks of the Petersberg Phase II/Athens Declaration Process and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), as well as replicable knowledge and techniques.

The event will contribute in initiating a wider dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Nexus in SEE with a view of introducing related considerations in the river basin management frameworks and feed the discussion about potential projects to be included in a new phase of the EU Water Initiative and particularly its Mediterranean component (MED EUWI). Moreover, importance of the topics to be discussed at the event is stressed in the SEE 2020 strategy as the core constituent of the new RCC Strategy and Work Programme 2014-2016.

National authorities from SEE, major international organizations and private sector active in the fields of water resources management and hydropower production will be among the participating institutions.

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Closer regional cooperation of water, energy and environmental sectors on the sustainable use of waters; involvement of private sector in water infrastructure development; and introduction of a regional legal and coordination instrument to ensure achievement of these goals, are key issues South East Europe (SEE) needs to address in water resources management and hydropower production until 2020.

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A discussion at The Fletcher School of Tufts University

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Rural 21

Prior to the much anticipated Rio + 20 Conference of sustainable development; about 300 participants were invited to the River Basin Management conference in Thailand. Agreed upon among other key areas of discussion, was that water uses must meet the food, energy and water needs of the population and that a nexus approach is needed.

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The Guardian

The US has woken up to the interdependence of the economy’s water and energy needs, but Europe appears to still be sleeping.

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What are the EU’s policy options? In my view, it’s a matter of getting the balance right between a range of long-term, location-specific policies that take a holistic approach to promoting efficiency and penalising waste. These policies could include co-operation at the level of watersheds, integrated water planning and management, and applying a lifecycle perspective to the energy production chain. Inter-ministerial task-forces could co-ordinate different policy objectives, while valuing and paying for water ecosystem services, and ending perverse subsidies could also be part of the mix.

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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