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14 Jun 12

Panel Discussion

The European Report on Development 2011/2012

The third European Report on Development (ERD) – drawn up by three European think tanks, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) – focuses on the use of scarce resources for inclusive and sustainable growth in the spheres of water, energy and land.

Population growth, economic growth and rising incomes are increasing and changing the demand for food, energy and water. Despite declining income poverty in many developing countries, around 1 billion people are still undernourished, 0.9 billion do not have access to clean water, and 1.5 billion do not have access to electricity.

It is estimated that, compared with present levels, the demand for energy and water will grow by 40 per cent by 2030, the demand for food by 50 per cent. How can the current scandalous undersupply be overcome quickly, and how can the growing demand be satisfied sustainably in the future?

Just in time for the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in June 2012, the third European Report on Development calls on the international community for a fundamental change to its concepts for the use of water, energy and land with a view to supporting broad-based and sustainable growth in the poorest developing countries. This radical change is needed if the growing demand for water, food and energy is to be met without ecological limits or tipping-points being exceeded in the process. The most important factor in this is the need to take account of the interactions between these three spheres – the nexus – and not to pursue one-sided solutions that have adverse effects in other spheres.

What functions must policy and public administration perform if water, renewable energies and land are to be used sustainably by and for everyone? What institutional changes are needed if the rights of the poor are to be considered and integrated approaches adopted in all three spheres? What is the private sector’s role? What responsibility must the European Union and its Member States assume? With what should they align their trade, agricultural and development policies? These and other questions are discussed by the panellists after a brief presentation of the most important aspects of the third European Report on Development.


Welcome: Matthias Petschke, Head of EU-Representation in Germany

  • Introduction of ERD: Dr. Imme Scholz, Deputy Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) & Niels Keijzer, Policy Officer, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Imme Scholz, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
  • Niels Keijzer, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
  • Kevin McCarthy, European Commission, Directorate-General EuropeAid Development and Co-operation (DG DevCo)
  • Dr. Manfred Konukiewitz, Deputy Director General, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Europe.

Please register for the event with your name and full contact details at: presse[at]die-gdi.de

Related Resources


Confronting scarcity: Managing water, energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth

Presentation on the ERD 2011/12 by Dirk Willem te Velde and Imme Scholz, given at the UNCSD (Rio+20) on 19 June 2012

Press Release

Sustainable Development Goals: From “silo thinking” towards an integrated approach

Yesterday, the European Commission and the Government of the United Kingdom organised a side-event at the Rio+20 Conference to present the European Report on Development (ERD) 2011/2012 and discuss its findings in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. Following the launch of the report in Brussels in May, a number of other events have been organised throughout Europe to present and debate its findings on national level, involving civil society, governments and media. The series of events led to the Rio+20 Conference.

European Development Report 2011-2012

“How to get the future we want”

Interview with Dirk Willem te Velde, team leader for drafting of the ERD 2011/12

European Development Report 2011-2012

Effective natural resource management for inclusive and sustainable growth in the context of increased scarcity and climate change: what role for the public and private sector?

This project undertakes the preparation of an the European Report on Development (ERD) 2012 researching this issue with the objective of presenting a report on effective natural resources management for sustainable and inclusive growth in the run up to the next RIO+20 Earth Summit in 2012.

Related News

European Report on Development 2011-2012

Launched in Brussels on 16 May 2012, the 2012 European Report on Development (ERD) highlights predicted increases in the scarcity of natural resources – with demand for water and energy expected to rise by 40% and demand for food by 50% before we reach 2030.

Related Media Coverage

29 May 12


More technological innovation is needed to fight growing resource scarcity, but it will only be successful in achieving sustainable development if it considers the use of water, energy and land as interdependent issues, according to a European report. Investment in innovation is required for sustainable agriculture, for achieving more efficient use of water and energy, and for rolling out renewable energy technologies, says the ‘European Report on Development 2011–2012’, funded by the European Commission and seven European states.

21 May 12

The Guardian

Lowering consumption in the developed world, renewables, ending land grabs, a price for natural resources, private sector investment – what’s the answer?

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EU Neighbourhood Info Centre

Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Resilience is one of the three main themes of discussion at the European Development Days this year. The event will highlight the European Commission’s first ever set of proposals on resilience, which will outline a series of concrete recommendations on how to target the root causes of food insecurity and help millions of people to adapt and recover quickly from shocks. Universal food security is critical and underpins political stability, social welfare and economic growth. But challenges exist in the water-energy-food nexus, including increasing competition for land and water, rising prices of fuel and fertilisers, and climate change. Across the world, complex challenges abound. To help meet these challenges, the European Commission’s ‘Agenda for Change’ – a strategy for increasing the impact of EU development policy – urges support for sustainable practices in agriculture.

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Council on Foreign Relations

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On September 12 World Resources Institute had an event to unveil their new report on the fresh water impacts of shale gas development. The WRI report examines the availability of freshwater across shale plays globally. Shale resources of natural gas, natural gas liquids and tight oil are extracted using hydrofracking techniques that require substantial quantities of water for every well drilled.


  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

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  • BONN
  • BMZ

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  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen