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17–19 Jul 12


“Managing Water, Energy, & Food in an Uncertain World”, Santa Fe

by the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)


  • Marc Andreini, Water for Food Institute
  • Scott Verhines, State Engineer of New Mexico


  • Bridging Science and Application
    Nicole Wilkinson, Sharon Megdal, Connie Woodhouse, Christine Kirchhoff, and Tony Willardson
  • Consistency in Policy Making
    Michel Webber (Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy), Celeste Cantu’ (Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority)

The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) organization consists of over 90 member universities and organizations throughout the world. Each member university appoints up to eight faculty or staff as UCOWR delegates. Others may join as individual members. See UCOWR’s mission for more information.


UCOWR’s main objectives include to:

  • Facilitate water-related education at all levels
  • Promote meaningful research and technology transfer on contemporary and emerging water resources issues
  • Compile and disseminate information on water problems and solutions
  • Inform the public about water issues with the objective of promoting informed decisions at all levels of society

Further Reading

26 Oct 11

How Water Makes Green Economies a Moving Target

23 May 12

World Bank Group identifies six key issues and key messages for Rio+20

01 Feb 13

An interview with Diego Rodriguez, Senior Economist and Task Team Leader TWIWA, World Bank on the World Bank Initiative “Quantifying Tradeoffs of the Water-Energy Nexus”.

NEXUS in the Media

29 Oct 12

The Straits Times (Singapore)

ENERGY, water and food - three cornerstones of the world - are deeply intertwined, and will be demanded in ever larger quantities in the future. To meet these inter-related demands, businesses can play a key role, working closely with government, said Ms Ruth Cairnie, executive vice-president of strategy and planning at energy giant Royal Dutch Shell.

24 Nov 14


Kofi Adu Domfeh reports Fourth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) on the importance of sustainable land and water management to overcome the challenge of Africa’s ability to feed itself.

24 Nov 14

Modern Ghana

At the recently hold Fourth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV), interest groups discussed the water-energy-food production nexus in relations to threats of alterations to be caused by climate change.

25 Apr 12

MarketWatch (by Wallstreet Journal)

The international business and finance community must take the lead in solving increasing food, energy and water scarcity as population growth and economic development puts greater strains on the planet’s resources. This call to action was issued today by Re|Source 2012, a new initiative created by the University of Oxford, its Smith School of Enterprise and Environment and The Rothschild Foundation to tackle resource scarcity and highlight the business opportunities of sustainable management.

26 Jun 12

UN Chronicle

We live in the Anthropocene in which humans have become a major force shaping the environment. Rising incomes and reduced poverty have coincided with the growing demand for goods and services, such as food and energy, which in turn has increased the pressure on natural resources and ecosystems leading to their over-exploitation and degradation. Climate change adds to this predicament, as several climate adaptation and mitigation measures such as irrigation, desalination, or biofuels, are also resource intensive. In a recent attempt to quantify the limits of global resources, the Planetary Boundaries framework, a critical environmental threshold beyond which rapid and unexpected systemic or “regime” shifts may be triggered, was developed. This framework tries to establish global limits for water, land, and energy use (atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration as a proxy), and for other natural resources, such as nutrients or biodiversity.


  • 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