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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

23 Mar 16

The road to resilience - managing the risks of the energy-water-food nexus is the second risk dimension investigated as part of the Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure initiative.

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

NEXUS in the Media

18 Jun 12

World Economic Forum

The world’s demand for fresh water is growing so fast that, by 2030, agriculture, industry and expanding cities will face such scarce supplies that the confrontation could disrupt economic development and threaten political stability and public health. People in places as disparate as north Africa, Central Valley, California, and India’s northern states, among others, are already facing similar threats to their livelihoods, while population growth, ageing infrastructure, pollution and resource-intensive ways of life are putting a huge strain on local fresh water supplies.

02 Oct 15

Business Wire

Resilient energy needs smarter not just stronger solutions

19 Apr 16

blue&green tomorrow

The energy-water-food nexus triggers economic and social challenges among numerous stakeholders.

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.

20 Apr 15

Science 2034

Water, energy and food strongly influence a society’s health, wealth and security, making the long-term careful management of them a public policy priority.


  • 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