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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

28 Aug 14

Entrepreneurship Matters

We can’t prevent global shortages of drinking water while providing enough food and energy to meet the needs of a growing population in a climate-constrained world if we don’t understand the linkages ...  between water, energy and food security. Here’s a look at how our demands for energy, food and water all drive each other, and how we can prevent them from driving in the wrong direction.

28 Aug 14

Power

Power plant operators have long understood the vital role water plays in power generation. Now, as the rest of the world begins recognizing that as well, a conflict is brewing between the growing demand ...  for electricity and increasingly strained water resources.

26 Aug 14

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has published the Final Programme for World Water Week 2014 which starts on Sunday – this year’s thematic focus is on the energy-water nexus.

26 Aug 14

SundiataPost

The experts proposed a “nexus approach’” in plans to improve food, energy and water security by integrating the management of the limited resources, while transitioning to a more “green” economy which ...  would provide adequate food, energy and water for the expanding human population.

25 Aug 14

China

China’s rapidly growing economy is very quickly testing the limits of its resource constraints. While China is home to a quarter of the world’s population, it is endowed with disproportionately less arable land, oil and water. By Julian L. Wong.

Such natural resources are vital to any nation’s ability to be self-sufficient, but China’s predicament is especially dire not only because of its large population, but also its rapid urbanization and climate change, both of which will exert more intensive demands on food, energy and water supply. Yet, other than recognizing that water is essential for agriculture, the discussion of each resource constraint is often conducted in isolation, without paying heed to the inter-linkages of food, energy and water systems.

03 Jul 14

Urban Nexus

The third regional workshop on “Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: the Urban Nexus” took place from 25-27 June, 2014 in Da Nang, Viet Nam organised by GIZ in cooperation with UN ESCAP and ICLEI SEAS. The workshop concentrated on innovative technologies with regard to waste water management creating the link to energy, irrigation water and fertilizer/night soil generation (“close the loop”) as well as on alternative concepts of solid waste treatment (Maximum Yield Technology/MYT).

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

More News

03 Jul 14

Water Dialogue Forum

IGAD has designed the Inland Water Resources Management Program, INWRMP, with the objective of harnessing its water resources in an integrated and coordinated manner so as to achieve food security, avoid potential or real water related conflicts and attain peace and sustainable development.The IGAD-INWRMP is going to have a Water Dialogue Forum on “Water for Regional Cooperation” on 3-5 Dec 2014, Nairobi, Kenya. Deadline for papers is 15 Aug 2014.

30 Jun 14

Nexus and Security Thinking

The STEPS centre is currently conducting a research project investigating the impact of the nexus on water security issues in South East Asia. It has just published a working paper on the water-energy-food nexus. Being the new “buzzword” in policy circles, the nexus can perhaps further the important work of an integrated approach in policy making. But, to reach its full potential, it is important to consider questions of social justice, the current framings of security that are inherent in the nexus, and who stands in a position to influence these conceptions. - By Jeremy Allouche and Maria Cooper.

29 Jun 14

Nexus and Peace

Interview with Ciarán Ó Cuinn, director of the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), an international organisation working on solutions to fresh water scarcity in the Middle East.

27 Jun 14

Water-Energy Nexus and Hydropower

This opinion piece comments on the March 2014 paper “Should we build more large dams? The actual costs of hydropower megaproject development” by Atif Ansar and colleagues published in Energy Policy. By Jerson Kelman, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Former President of Brazilian Water Agency and Brazilian Electricity Agency.

26 Jun 14

Water-Energy Research

This question is answered by two new publications by SNV which analyse how biogas and renewable energy can be used by smallholder farmers for their irrigation needs.

Forthcoming Events

31 Aug–05 Sep 14

Water-Energy Nexus

In addressing the water-energy nexus, the World Water Week 2014 in Stockholm will attempt to take an overall “systems view” of how to develop and manage energy and water for the good of society and ecosystems ...  - at local, national, regional and global levels - and avoid unintended consequences of narrow sectoral approaches. The “water, energy and food security nexus”, underpinning the green growth approach, will be central to the agenda.

05 Sep 14

Summit

The Energy and Water Nexus Summit 3 is follow-up to the preceding Summits held in 2012 and 2013, and this year’s event will provide the opportunity to continue to explore the vital intersection of energy ...  and water resources, and the effects and economic implications of energy and water issues on our state.

New Resources

28 Aug 14

Programme

2014 World Water Week Programme

World Water Week is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991.

28 Aug 14

Statement

Sustainable Energy for All, High Level Ministerial Dialogue

H.E. Karel J.G. van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations during the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), High Level Ministerial Dialogue.

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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