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28 Aug 12

Workshop at the World Water Week Stockholm

Towards a green economy - the water-food-energy nexus

This Workshop will address a series of innovative frameworks that help analyse technical solutions as well as trade-offs in the water-food-energy nexus for better informed decision-making.

The workshop will also exemplify solutions to maximize synergies, towards a ‘green food security’, and to enable policy and institutional changes required to better address the social, economic and environmental dimensions the green economy through a “nexus” approach.

Achieving water security and food security for all in an increasingly water stressed world is intimately linked to energy security. While food demand may increase by up to 70 per cent by 2050, the global demand for energy may increase by up to 40 per cent. Agriculture accounts for some 70 per cent of the world’s freshwater withdrawals for food, feed and fibre, as well as for production of bio-fuels. Energy production in some parts of the world accounts for up to 45 per cent of all water withdrawals. Satisfying these demands, while maintaining ecosystems, livelihoods, fisheries and biodiversity, is a challenge. While energy production carries a heavy water bill, a significant energy bill is associated with pumping, treatment and desalination of water. The “footprints” work both ways. Hence water, food and energy security need to be addressed an in integrated way, in the context of a pro-poor green economy valuing ecosystem services, as a “nexus” with water at the heart.

This Workshop will address a series of innovative frameworks that help analyse technical solutions as well as trade-offs in the water-food-energy nexus for better informed decision-making. It will also exemplify solutions to maximize synergies, towards a ‘green food security’, and to enable policy and institutional changes required to better address the social, economic and environmental dimensions the green economy through a “nexus” approach.

Chairs and moderators

  • Dr. Fritz Holzwarth, BMU
  • Prof. Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI
  • Mr. Jeremy Bird, International Consultant

Rapporteurs

  • Dr. Alain Vidal, CPWF
  • Prof. Torkil Jønch Clausen, SIWI
  • Ms. Kristine Donnelly, Pacific Institute

Keynote speakers

  • Dr. Jane Madgwick, WI
  • Prof. Joachim von Braun, ZEF
  • Mr. Joppe Cramwinckel, WBCSD
  • Prof. Johan Rockström, SRC

Panellists

  • Dr. Letitia Obeng, GWP
  • Mr. Bai-Mass Taal, AMCOW
  • Mr. Hans Guttman, Mekong River Commission Secretariat
  • Mr. Alex McPhail, WB

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Further Reading

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There are strong reasons for a new approach to the issue of sustainable water management

08 Mar 12

The Call for Papers for the World Resources Forum 2012 has been published. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April. Full papers are not required.

26 Mar 14

“In the water sector, the food-energy-water nexus is slowly replacing the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management, “ says Jeremy Allouche, member of the IDS Water Justice Programme and the STEPS Centre.

NEXUS in the Media

11 Nov 11

Farming First

The Water, Energy and Food nexus refers to the interlinked risks of water security, food security and energy security. With the current combined challenges of degraded ecosystems, a rapidly increasing demand for resources, climate change, growing urbanization and globalization, there is a threat that social-ecological systems at all levels will be driven across critical thresholds.

19 Dec 11

Ethical Markets

20 Mar 12

Planet under Pressure - Conference Blog

We need green economy roadmaps with “concrete goals and benchmarks of progress” and we need them fast, according to the zero draft of the outcome document from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20. Between now and 2015 this ambitious plan aims to establish indicators to evaluate implementation, mechanisms for technology transfer, sharing of know-how and capacity building.

04 Jun 12

Mother Jones

Tens of millions of new jobs can be created around the world in the next two decades if green policies are put in place to switch the high-carbon economy to low-carbon, the UN has said.

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