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27 Aug 12

Seminar at the World Water Week Stockholm

Addressing the Water - Energy - Food Security Nexus: Challenges and Solutions in (International) River Basins

The seminar focuses on the water-food-energy security nexus in (international) basins. It discusses tools for understanding the nexus dimensions and seeks to identify innovative management approaches in targeting challenges, which allow for considering water, food and energy needs of riparian states and are conducive to benefit-sharing.

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The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991.

28 Aug 12

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13 Jun 11

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  • 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