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About the NEXUS

The challenge of thinking in a Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus perspective is central to the Green Economy and the consideration of sustainability development goals.

The Bonn2011 Nexus Conference from 16-18 November 2011 resulted, among others, in this online resource platform, which presents a large variety of documents, presentations, news, messages and other Information from various sources on the Nexus. It aims to demonstrate the relevance of a Nexus approach for sustainable development and raises awareness that more systemic thinking is needed.

NEXUS in the Media

17 Sep 14

Not only water, but energy as well and the connection between them is in focus of World Water Week 2014.

15 Sep 14

GreenBiz

We know how important food, water and energy are to our daily lives, but what happens when we fail to value them as critical, interconnected resources for our economy?

12 Sep 14

IChemE President’’s Blog

Some of you will be aware of the “nexus” approach to the grand chemical engineering challenges. Although, we often look at energy, food, water and health in isolation, in fact many of them should be considered ...  alongside each other.

12 Sep 14

The Guardian

The energy UN under-secretary general says funding and collaborating are key to giving renewables a fighting chance

15 Sep 14

Survey

To understand the existing knowledge, experience and competencies of academia and industry on the Nexus, especially in Egypt, Trinex have designed a questionnaire. It will help to understand which expertise is already available and what specific support stakeholders need to integrate their activities in the water-energy-food nexus. Everybody is invited to participate.

The EU-funded project TriNex - Knowledge-Triangle Platform for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus - is taking the lead in making the WEF Nexus the next research, education and innovation frontier for sustainable resource management in Egypt.

10 Sep 14

World Water Week 2014

The 2014 World Water Week just ended in Stockholm and this year’s theme was “Water and Energy: a vital link for a sustainable future”. Miriam Imalingat of the Global Water Initiative - East Africa - summarises why this was an event for GWI.

11 Sep 14

Water-Energy Nexus

ERANETMED, an EU initiative aiming at co-ordinating research activities, has pre-announced the first joint call for transnational research projects. The objective is to develop joint research and to enhance new innovative approaches and technologies in the Mediterranean region. Deadline is 31 Jan 2015.

More News

09 Sep 14

PhD Project

PhD research opportunity at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester. The project will use life cycle thinking to assess the sustainability of different food production options with the aim of minimising energy and water use as well as other environmental impacts. This will be carried out through whole system modelling and use of tools such as life cycle assessment and life cycle costing. As a result, recommendations and guidance will be provided to industry and government on how energy, water and environmental impacts from food production and consumption can be minimised.

08 Sep 14

Urban Food Production

Producing food at a local scale is one of the ways urban agriculture is involved in sustainably reshaping the interconnections between local water, energy, and food sectors in San Francisco. Here’s how! - by Colleen L. Boodleman

02 Sep 14

World Water Week 2014

2014 is shaping up to be the year of the energy-water nexus. First, the United Nation’s World Water Day centered on this topic. Then, the U.S. Department of Energy released a 250-page report on the energy-water nexus and indicated that it will be included in its Quadrennial Energy Review. And, this week, the biggest international water conference, World Water Week, is taking on the nexus. - By Kate Zerrenner

31 Aug 14

Job

Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hires an Assistant Professor for the Economics of Energy, Water and Food Systems. Deadline for application is 31 Jan 2015.

28 Aug 14

Water-Energy Nexus

A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities, attempts to plan for this uncertainty by providing a landmark review of the US energy-water nexus - the first report of its kind from DOE. - by Kate Zerrenner

Forthcoming Events

06–08 Oct 14

Panel

This panel at SXSW Eco at Austin/Texas intends to teach how the renewable energy water nexus can be harnessed together.

08 Oct 14

Seminar

An initiative of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Business Week

New Resources

17 Sep 14

Study

Making the case: How Agrifood Firms are Building New Business Cases in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

This study was commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to complement its comprehensive work on a Water-Energy-Food Nexus Assessment Approach and funded by the OPEC Fund for Internatioanl Development (OFID). This study analyzes several existing business cases specifically addressing the nexus. In looking at commonalities and variances across large and small enterprise approaches, the report identifies several model pathways for nexus-related business cases, and showcases real life business examples.

16 Sep 14

Infographic

Interactions between water, energy and food

Optimization - innovation - solution

New NEXUS Practice Solutions

21 Feb 14

Research and Technology

This project which is funded by the European Union aims to bring emission-free plant and fish breeding from research to market.

02 Dec 13

Case study

Mauritius has recently developed a remarkable tourist and financial sector. Nevertheless the agricultural sector is still strong: The sugarcane production uses a considerable part of the water resources. ...  This case study focusses on the options of reaching food and energy sufficiency on Mauritius by changes in the agricultural sector.

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
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