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The “Water Stewardship Initiative” intends to scale up cooperation with the private sector. It will create innovative partnerships to mobilise bottom-up action between government, business and civil society for improved water (and land) management in developing countries. It recognizes that water is a shared resource and cannot be secured by one actor alone.

The project aims at enhancing the capacities of rural communities to adapt to climate change effects by adopting a comprehensive and integrated approach that aims at various Nexus issues, including ecologically friendly and weather-responsive agriculture, water budgeting to match water availability with demand, “precision farming” that optimises land and water productivity in field conditions, and renewable energy for household cooking and lighting. It also aims at developing practical knowledge, tools and systems that can be widely adopted thus facilitating upscaling.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Water Association (IWA) offer a space for the linkages across water, energy and food to be discussed through the Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions. The Dialogue is a call to action to those leading transformations in water infrastructure planning, financing and operation.

This private-public partnership intends to reduce water risks for a large South African energy company by enabling it to invest in water loss reduction in an “upstream” municipality, simultaneously reducing the municipality’s costs and its resident’s water insecurity. Key result will be the reduction of water losses in the ELM area by 12 million m3 by June 2014.

GBEP endorsed a set of 24 relevant, practical, science-based, voluntary sustainability indicators for bioenergy. These indicators are intended to guide any analysis undertaken of bioenergy at the domestic level with a view to informing decision making and facilitating the sustainable development of bioenergy. The main objective of the project is to assess data availability and collection capacity, and tailor methodologies for measuring the indicators to country conditions.

This commitment will aim at helping water utilities around the world move towards carbon neutrality, by reducing water losses, improving energy efficiency and turning wastewater into an energy source.

This policy statement focuses on investments in women’s access to energy and water to improve agricultural production, living conditions, food security, and boost national economies.

UNSGAB calls on Country Governments at UNCSD2012 to commit to strengthen their respective actions on pollution of freshwater by human activities by recognizing the linkages between wastewater, food and energy to ensure wastewater is used as a vital resource for development; adopting a shared vision of the ways to manage urban, industrial and agricultural wastewater including collection, treatment and reuse; taking steps to agree on targets related to wastewater management; and requesting the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) or another UN agency to collect national statistics on wastewater management and report on its global progress

The international data research initiative aims at collecting better data for better policies: The ELD initiative aims at the preparation and presentation of a cost-benefit analysis in the context of land degradation, in order to put decision-makers in politics and business in a position to take the necessary measures for better rural development and food security and promote sustainable land management.

In Bolivia, German Development Cooperation agricultural, water and energy programmes are developing joint indicators, in a more nexus-driven approach. Moving forward, activities could include things such as increased energy efficiency of water utilities, production of the required energy in the processes of drinking water treatment and provision and reusing waste water in agriculture.

This project will develop a mapping tool to connect actors with a shared interest in improving water management on a location-specific basis, to help generate “collective action”. Water-related activities of companies, NGOs, governments and donors will be overlaid onto water risk maps to encourage dating and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The Multilateral Development Banks (MDB) heads agreed to develop a joint action plan, stressing the need to reduce food price volatility and improve food and water security in coordination with the Group of Twenty (G-20). The 3-year action plan focuses on four priority areas: Supporting food access for poor and vulnerable people, addressing food market volatility, financing investments and promoting policy frameworks to improve agricultural productivity, and helping countries allocate water efficiently across sectors, and supporting the agricultural sector in using water productively throughout the value chain.

This research project will present, develop and demonstrate a tool for the concurrent evaluation of crop production, national energy and water management, as well as the simultaneous assessment of selected GHG mitigation, vulnerability and adaptation scenarios, therefore providing a valuable tool for policy makers addressing nexus challenges.

This project will establish a series workshops series to promote and develop capacities in developing countries and countries in transition for safe reuse of waste water (incl. grey water) in agriculture to reduce the impact of water scarcity without risk to human health and to minimize water pollution.

This year Berlin has started a series of events called “Blue Planet – Berlin Water Dialogues”. The issue of water is an umbrella under which the organisers integrate the other aspects of the Nexus and provide a platform for dialogue for stakeholders and experts across different sectors.


The Bonn2011 Nexus Conference introduced and successfully established several concrete Outcome Initiatives related to the Nexus. We present each of them briefly below and will provide regular updates on each initiative.

NEXUS in the Media

14 Apr 14

Environmental Leader

The link between energy and water greatly impacts the food sector, the EDF says. Stakeholders are increasingly talking about the energy-water-food nexus and how to manage growing populations and the demand on all three resources, the organization says. The EDF recommends creating a systematic approach to solve the interconnected issues the link energy, water, food and climate change. The EDF points to a declaration submitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations by 300 delegates from 33 countries centers on the idea that Earth and the communities that live on it are part of a system.

11 Apr 14

Science Unstained

The event Smart Solutions for 2050: “Water, Food, Energy, Climate” was sponsored by Shell. The blogger debates the inpact of this fact on the event itself, as this is the topic of the blog: “We think the public discussion of science and technology should be kept public. We appreciate that private funding is a big part of science, but it doesn’t have to frame public debate about it.”

10 Apr 14


It is our common sense that water and the human life are inextricably linked. Water is part and parcel of all the aspects of human life: health, food production, economic vitality, etc. In a country like Sri Lanka, still we are rich with a good number of water sources. But Sri Lanka has been facing hardships in recent years due to changes of rain patterns, a result of the climate change.

09 Apr 14

United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)

Sri Lanka is highly dependant on hydro-generation for much of its power needs. Nearly 50 percent of the country’s power is water-based. With the continued drought, power prices are likely to increase as only 13 percent of the country’s power needs are being met. The poorer sections of the country are likely to be hit hardest, as the government is forced to import oil to meet power needs. The water shortages in the past have slowed down economic growth for the water dependant isle.

09 Apr 14


Strengthening cross-border cooperation for water, energy and food security in transboundary basins during a time of climate change lies at the heart of a conference that is being held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 2 and 3.


  • 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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