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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

NEXUS in Practice

by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (Laos), TheunHinboun Power Company, Statkraft Oslo, Electrcité du Laos, and GMS Lao Company Ltd.

NEXUS Resources

23 Oct 15


Water-Food-Energy: well-being indicators for a better quality of life

by Fabiola Riccardini, istat, in Paris in June 2015

03 Dec 14


Ecosystem perspective

by Irma Popovic Dujmovic, WWF, at the Workshop on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin in Zagreb (HR) March 4-6th, 2014

29 Oct 14


The Water Risk Filter

The “Water Risk Filter” is the first tool to quantify water-related risks for all industries in all countries. This tool helps companies and investors ask the right questions about water. It allows you to assess risks and offers guidance on what to do in response. It’s too easy not to use. More than 1,500 organizations from 32 industry sectors have assessed facilities located in almost all of the 405 largest river basins, as well as in hundreds of smaller basins all over the world. You can look at specific facilities or agricultural commodities, each with an automated basin assessment and questionnaire to evaluate direct operations.

02 Oct 14

WWF Report

Living Planet Report 2014

Natural capital is a key concept of the Living Planet Report. While it may be an economic metaphor, it encapsulates the idea that our economic prosperity and our well-being are reliant upon the resources ovided by a healthy planet. In a world where so many people live in poverty, it may appear as though protecting nature is a luxury. But it is quite the opposite. For many of the world’s poorest people, it is a lifeline. And we are all in this together. We all need food, fresh water and clean air – wherever in the world we live.

24 Apr 14


Transboundary integrated management of sediment related resources in the Lower Mekong (ecosystems, territorial integrity, power and construction sectors)

Presentation by Lois Koehnken, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), held on April 3rd, 2014, at the conference “Cooperation for Water, Energy, and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate” in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

05 Mar 14


“Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference”, 5-8 Mar 2014

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators will host the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference on March 5-8, 2014 to examine the thoughts and actions related to a nexus approach. The co-Directors of the Conference are Jamie Bartram, Director of The Water Institute, and Felix Dodds, Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute, with support from an International Advisory Committee. The Conference will bring together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders focusing on the questions of how and why the nexus approach is, and can be, used on international and local levels.

12 Mar 13


The River is the Nexus

Strategic Basin Planning and Water Allocation in the 21st Century - a presentation by Dave Tickner, WWF.

29 Oct 12

Report of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

Collective Responses to Rising Water Challenges

Water-related risks continue to place stress on economies and communities at both local and global scales. The financial impacts of floods, droughts, and overall water quantity and quality are rippling across the world as industries cope with the impacts of the massive floods in Thailand, the most severe US drought in 50 years, and the rising demand for water in developing economies. Swiss Re estimates that flooding impacts 500 million people every year and now rivals earthquake losses at $15B annually. High impact events like these and smaller, more acute local impacts contribute to the increase in reported water-related risk exposure from Global 500 respondents. In 2012, water-related impacts are being felt more broadly and more businesses have recognized these growing waterrelated risks than before. Across the board, respondents report more water-related risks and opportunities. More respondents are assessing water-related risks in their direct operations and supply chains and are also evaluating water-related opportunities. In addition, respondents report taking more tangible action to manage these issues and seize opportunities. However, despite increased awareness and activity among some respondents, the Global 500 response rate is static at 60% (191 companies); disappointing given the weight of investor interest in this issue and the increasing proportion of companies reporting water-related impacts, risks and opportunities. The Health Care sector has the highest response rate (77%) while Energy lags for the 2nd year running at just 44%; surprising considering this sector reports the highest exposure to risk. This report is based on analysis of 185 responses received by August 6, 2012 and investigates how companies are using collaborative approaches to solving some of the most complex water-related problems.

11 Oct 12

Bonn Perspectives

Adaptation to climate change – a case for business! Five messages to the private sector

Climate change is exerting an increasing influence on the general conditions faced by market economies. This poses a challenge that is complex, sometimes contradictory, and yet highly promising: the role of the private sector in adaptation to a changing climate. Climate change is certainly not exclusively – probably not evenpredominantly – a public responsibility. It is obvious that climate change affects enterprises in terms of risks as well as opportunities. In this context, there are five messages to the private sector which are important for further dialogue on this topic - by Friedrich K. Kitschelt, Director, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for Africa, Latin America; Global and Sectoral Affairs

08 Oct 12

Water Alternatives, Vol. 5/2012

Open for business or opening Pandora’s Box? A constructive critique of corporate engagement in water policy

The corporate world is waking to the realisation that improved water management is fundamental for future prosperity and human well-being. This special issue explores aspects of its response: from the application of an array of analytical tools such as water footprint accounting, risk filters and standards; water use efficiencies; derivatives and insurance mechanisms; to collaborative infrastructure and watershed projects; stakeholder engagement and attempts to influence water governance at all scales. Drawing on the papers in this issue the motivations for this new agenda are traced and its potential in helping to unlock some of our most intractable water challenges, or to open a Pandora’s box of controversies are considered. Key concerns include the potential for diverging corporate and public interests; policy and regulatory capture; privileging of economic over social perspectives; process inequities; displacement of existing water management priorities, and the risks of misguided interventions which undermine institutional and hydrological sustainability - with the financial support of Water Witness International, WWF, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and German Technical Cooperation (GIZ)

14 Sep 12


Rising prices, rising environmental regions?

Constructing a multi-level governance framework for the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus in the SADC region - by Inga Jacobs, Water Research Commission (WRC), and Manisha Gulati, WWF South Africa

05 Sep 12


Taste the Waste of Water

Global food losses and waste add up to more than a quarter of our water use for irrigation. Equivalent to the water withdrawn for the industrial sector worldwide. McKinsey calculates the value of annual global food waste at US$ 252 billion. The value of wasted food is almost double the sum spent on official aid for development.

04 Sep 12


Dams on the Mekong River: Lost fish protein and the implications for land and water resources

by Stuart Orr, WWF International

30 Aug 12

Website Relaunch

Water Futures Partnership

Since 2009, the Water Futures Partnership – composed of SABMiller, WWF, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ (working on behalf of the German Ministry for Development Cooperation BMZ), and our local partners – has been building the business case and creating mechanisms for companies to engage in local collective action to help address shared water risks facing businesses, communities and ecosystems. Now they are taking a fresh look at the Nexus: Water, Food and Energy are interconnected: agriculture accounts for about 70% of global freshwater use and can pollute freshwater supplies if mismanaged. Water is also used to generate electricity: in the USA, power generation accounts for about 50% of all freshwater withdrawals and drought in countries that use hydropower - Ethiopia and Ghana, for example - can lead to black-outs. Energy, in turn, is needed to fertilise and transport crops, which can themselves be used as biofuel to create energy. Large amounts of energy are also required to pump water to drier regions and, as water scarcity increases, so will the energy needed for technologies such as desalination. Given these trade-offs and interactions, successfully addressing the triple challenge of water stress, food security and energy supplies means taking a holistic view and balancing the many competing demands. This animation takes a fresh look at the Water-Food-Energy Nexus.

11 Jun 12


Living Planet Report 2012

The 2012 edition of the LPR highlights the tremendous pressure that humanity is putting on our planet. We are using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can provide. By 2030, even two planets will not be enough. Our natural capital is declining and our Ecological Footprint is increasing. Urgent action is needed to ensure that we can live in harmony with nature. We can create more just and equitable societies - providing food, water and energy for all - through the sustainable management of the Earth’s natural capital.

11 Jun 12

In Preparation of Rio+20

WWF: “It’s time to get serious about the planet.”

We all need food, water and energy. These come from nature. We need nature. World leaders need to react to the natural crisis we are facing, rethink how we use and manage the earth’s resources, and redesign a sustainable future. Rio+20 is an opportunity for governments to get serious by building on the success of the first Earth Summit in 1992, and the sustainable development successes since then. A video message by Jim P. Leape of WWF.

30 May 12


Power and the Water, Food, Energy Nexus

by Andrew Etzinger, ESKOM, held on the SAWEF Conference in South Africa

21 May 12

Living Planet Report 2012

The Living Planet Report is the world’s leading science-based analysis on the health of our only planet and the impact of human activity. Its key finding? Humanity’s demands exceed our planet’s capacity to sustain us. That is, we ask for more than what we have. A new edition of the report was released on 15 May 2012.

04 May 12


Mekong2Rio Message

Message from the International Conference on Transboundary River Basin Management, Phuket, 1-3 May 2012

21 Mar 12


The Water-Food-Energy Nexus - Why Everything you Consume is Connected

Andy Wales, Global Head of Sustainable Development at SABMiller, speaks about the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus: “We need new campaigns, new corporate strategies and new policies which consider these connections and drive dramatic efficiency and productivity improvements, the right land use choices and product innovation. And all this whilst meeting the legitimate needs and desires of those 3 billion new middle class consumers.”

03 Mar 12


Thirsty Crops

03 Mar 12


Thirsty Crops

Freshwater withdrawals have doubled every 30 years in last 100 years, about 4000 km2 per year at present. In India 80% of the surface water is utilized for agriculture. The WWF India`s “thirsty crop” project aims to reduce the impact of water intensive and polluting crops thereby maintaining sustainable fresh water habitats to support both biodiversity and livelihood.

03 Mar 12


How to feed the World’s Growing Billions?

Understanding FAO World Food Projections and their Implications

03 Mar 12


The WWF Energy Report

100% renewable energy by 2050 – WWF shows that such a transition is not only possible but also cost-effective, providing energy that is affordable for all and producing it in ways that can be sustained by the global economy and the planet.

03 Mar 12


Assessing Water Risk - A Practical Approach for Financial Institutions

It is understood that water is essential to life on Earth. It is also an essential ingredient in any production process, be it agricultural or industrial. Today, there is an increased awareness of the diverse ways in which water use can pose substantial threats to businesses in certain regions and sectors.

03 Mar 12


Big Cities – Big Water – Big Challenges. Water in an Urbanizing World

The growth of the earth’s urban population and areas continues as a major demographic trend; it is projected that 70 % of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. Urban growth today is most rapid in developing countries, where cities gain an average of 5 million residents each month.

03 Mar 12


Rivers at Risk

World’s top 10 rivers at risk – by

03 Mar 12


Dams Initiative

Dams – Blessing or curse? Over 48,000 large dams are in operation worldwide.

03 Mar 12



WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

27 Feb 12

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

Background Paper “Understanding the Nexus” by SEI

This paper is the scientific background paper of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference. It explains the Nexus and presents initial evidence for how a nexus approach can enhance water, energy and food security in a green economy by increasing efficiency, reducing trade-offs, and building synergies across sectors.


23 Oct 15


by Fabiola Riccardini, istat, in Paris in June 2015

03 Nov 14

River Management

If rivers run dry or we pollute them, it’s not just wildlife that suffers; water companies, farmers and power utilities are affected too. The trade-offs referred to in abstract food-water-energy nexus debates often take tangible form when decisions are made about how to use rivers. Yet we hear little in nexus debates about these vital freshwater ecosystems. - By Dave Tickner

29 Oct 14

Nexus Tools

The Water Risk Filter - developed by World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) in collaboration with German development bank Deutsche Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) - is a free, online tool that allows investors and companies from all industry sectors to assess and quantify water-related risks across the globe.

12 Mar 14

Sustainability Standards

To review, the food-energy-water nexus (one can keep stringing in nouns, -carbon –biodiversity –etc. into the “nexus”) is short hand for recognizing that many of these systems are interconnected.

18 Oct 13

Nexus Conference 2014

Felix Dodds has posted a first list of confirmed speakers for the forthcoming Nexus Conference in March 2014 in Chapel Hill.

28 Jun 12

Nexus at Rio+20

A voice from the ground, Edward Byers, PhD student from Newcastle/UK, gives his view of the NEXUS event at the German Pavilion in Rio.

14 Mar 12

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

Voices & Conclusions from the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

29 Nov 11

Nexus Blog

The flow of water through rivers, lakes and aquifers remains central to the Nexus

03 Nov 11

Background Paper

Background paper for the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference is now available

26 Oct 11

Nexus Blog

How Water Makes Green Economies a Moving Target

25 Oct 11


Interview with Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International

16 Jun 11

Short Film

International experts comment on the main topics of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

14 Jun 11


Brief profiles of its members

23 May 11


Brief profiles of its members

Recent NEXUS Events

23 Aug 15


Water reservoirs and hydropower have been drivers of economic development in many regions.

06 Nov 14


The world has woken up to the dangerous consequences of the looming water crisis. Demand is rising rapidly thanks to industrialization, population growth, climate change and the planet’s growing need for food, yet nature has decreed that supply is fixed. With agriculture, homes, factories and offices consuming water in ever greater quantities, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that by 2030, nearly half the world’s population could face a scarcity of water, with demand outstripping supply by 40%. As water plays a crucial role in all segments of nature, society and economy, access to water will become a fundamental issue to individuals, governments, companies and ecosystems.

03 Sep 14

Seminar at the World Water Week 2014

Energy production is globally the second largest water user with a share of fifteen percent which is a constraint for global energy development. Coal continues to be the dominant energy source with coal resources contributing about 30% to the world’s energy consumption.

20–21 Jan 14


More than 500 participants and more than 60 speakers from around the world are again expected to attend the conference in the next year, which will bring together representatives from biomass cultivation, trade and production as well as the petroleum and the automotive industry.

04 Sep 13

Seminar at the World Water Week 2013

The event will consist of stakeholders in the agricultural sector, food and beverage companies, retail and consulting (Deloitte) along with an NGO such as WWF.

05–08 Mar 14


The conference is hosted by the Water Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators and will take place from 3 until 7 March 2014. The conference will bring together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders focusing on the questions of how and why the nexus approach is, and can be, used on international and local levels.

06 Feb 13

Online Debate

by The Guardian and SABMiller

15–16 Nov 12


Bringing policy-makers together with agribusiness, donors, farmer organisations and civil society we will discuss what Africa needs in order to reproduce the Brazilian miracle.

06 Sep 12

Live Discussion

What are the next steps in addressing the world’s water, energy and food challenges and how can nexus-thinking help? The Guardian stages a live discussion reflecting on conversations at World Water Week, Thursday 6 September, 2-4pm (BST)

29 Aug 12

Seminar at the World Water Week Stockholm

This seminar presents policies, enabling conditions, innovations and solutions, for putting the quickly growing knowledge around the water-(land-)energy-food security nexus into practice.

21 Jun 12

Side Event at Rio+20

A central aspect of the Green Economy is water, energy and food security in particular for the bottom billion. In order to achieve this, it is of vital importance to consider the interlinkages and the interactions between the sectors. Incoherent approaches and “silo-thinking” will most likely worsen the situation further.

20 Jun 12

Side Event at Rio+20

The Side-Event aims at identifying trade-offs between the sectoral objectives and discussing how a better consideration of the interlinkages between energy, water and food security can contribute to the achievement of the energy objectives.

18 Jun 12

Side Event at Rio+20

This event will profile some of the world’s most innovative “natural capital partnerships” implementing integrated approaches toward the transition to green growth and green economies today. It will promote a south-south knowledge exchange and commitments from Mexico, the Coastal Eastern Africa region and Asia’s Greater Mekong Subregion.

16–18 Nov 11


Solutions for the Green Economy

NEXUS in the Media

30 Mar 16


Supporting Global Food Security in a Changing Climate Through Transatlantic Cooperation

Policy communities in the United States and Europe are increasingly identifying climate change, environmental deterioration, water management, and food security as key concerns for development and global governance.

10 Apr 15


Agriculture vital to social, economic stability

Farmers were meeting the challenge of producing enough food for the country, although the agricultural sector faced a number of problems in the coming years, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

25 Mar 15


Our Sustainability Challenge of the Future: Food-Water-Energy Nexus

As an avid catch-and-release fisherman, and in my position with Coca-Cola, I spend a lot of time thinking about water challenges while on the water.

03 Nov 14

Brazil’s Dangerous Climate Spiral

Drought is pushing the Latin giant toward more coal, and that means more carbon emissions. The lack of water has weakened output from the nation’s robust network of hydropower dams, leaving many states switching back to coal and gas for their power and boosting Brazil’s carbon emissions. - By Jason Plautz

09 Oct 14

Finding solutions for South Africa’s coal-fired water and energy problems

South African businesses, NGOs and government seek to address challenges in the water-stressed, coal producing country. Coal production, from mining to power generation, requires vast volumes of water. Furthermore, pollution from coal mining can irreparably harm water resources. In South Africa - one of the world’s most water stressed countries and one of the largest producers and consumers of coal - the water-energy nexus is a topic of great concern. By Tien Shiao and Andrew Maddocks

11 Sep 14


The similarity between circular economy and water stewardship

For both water stewardship and circular models the business model is clear but words must become actions to prevent them living and dying as buzzwords

17 Feb 14


The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Insights into resilient development

The water-energy-food nexus is crucial for future planning as well as contemporary economy. In this report WWF and SABMiller focuessed their interests and explain what policy makers need to take into consideration when planning ahead so all nexus aspects will be adressed properly. In this report, 16 countries are considered in case studies

16 Feb 14

Stress Nexus: when demands on food, water and energy become unsustainable

“The world has entered a period of volatility and transition - every choice that is made from here on will have an impact on what will happen in the near future. What is done today will determine if the planet will still be capable of sustaining life in the midst of the growing demands on energy, food and water,” says Zsarlene B. Chua.

14 Feb 14


Building resilience within economies: new report by SABMiller and WWF

The management of water, energy and food is a sign of economic development. The water-energy-foodsecurity nexus is a global challenge of the 21st century, widely discussed among governments, companies and NGOs alike. SABMiller and WWF present a report on the issue

06 Dec 13

Corporate Story

Looking Ahead: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

This article outlines the initiatives Coca-Cola supports in addressing the water-energy-food nexus

12 Sep 13

Is the water debate suffering from a language problem?

“Reference to the nexus - the link between water, energy and food - was all the rage last year, but it’s time to drop the jargon,” says Dave Tickner.

12 Sep 12

Nexus thinking: Because water, food and energy belong together

Why is it so important to look at sustainability issues related to water, food, and energy together, rather than treating each of them a potential problem on their own? Brewing conglomerate SABMiller (selling brands Grolsch, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Miller, among many others) is one of the frontrunners in the business community promoting nexus thinking. As their website states: “Water, food and energy are interconnected. Agriculture accounts for about 70% of global freshwater use and can pollute freshwater supplies if mismanaged. Water is also used to generate electricity: in the USA, power generation accounts for about 50% of all freshwater withdrawals and drought in countries that use hydropower - Ethiopia and Ghana, for example - can lead to black-outs. Energy, in turn, is needed to fertilise and transport crops, which can themselves be used as biofuel to create energy. Large amounts of energy are also required to pump water to drier regions and, as water scarcity increases, so will the energy needed for technologies such as desalination. Given these trade-offs and interactions, successfully addressing the triple challenge of water stress, food security and energy supplies means taking a holistic view and balancing the many competing demands. We call this interconnected issue the water-food-energy nexus.”

06 Sep 12

The Water Nexus, Partnerships, Tools and Data

For progressive action on mitigating water risks to become the norm, creating a strong foundation of understanding is crucial, says David Grant

06 Sep 12

Beyond buzzwords: Turning nexus thinking into nexus action

By Stuart Orr, Freshwater Manager, WWF International, and David Grant, Senior Manager: Water Risk and Partnerships, SABMiller

05 Sep 12

Nestle, SABMiller See World Water Week as Far From a Washout

“If something isn’t given a value, people tend to waste it. Water is our most useful resource, but those using it often don’t even cover the costs of its infrastructure,” said Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, speaking in Stockholm for 2012 World Water Week, which concluded Friday. The key issues this year: water and food security, followed by partnerships, tools and data. The water-food-energy triangle was key at the 2011 Bonn Nexus Conference, but the key the difference this year, according to an essay penned by David Grant, SABMiller’s senior director of water risk and partnerships, for the Guardian, “was the progression of the issue from a broad theoretical concept to actually seeing practical examples of how it is being both experienced and addressed on the ground.”

03 Sep 12

Why partnering with NGOs for water stewardship makes business sense

The global water crisis makes collaboration between business, NGOs and civil society essential for securing a sustainable, long term future for all. In Stockholm, 2,500 delegates have gathered for World Water Week to discuss the global water crisis and its effects on food security. Droughts and floods from America to Australia have devastated farms, frustrated civic leaders and caused food prices to skyrocket at a disturbing rate. Now companies are realising that water stewardship is both a moral imperative and makes smart business sense. With the world confronting a 40% gap between the planet’s supply and demand by 2030, the time to confront water scarcity is now.

31 Aug 12

World Water Week blog: why we just can’t get enough water

“Water plays a key part in energy and food production but as this precious resource becomes scarce, smarter decisions must be made,” says Dave Tickner

29 Aug 12

Stockholm and the Nexus

A summary of the Stockholm Water Week’s discussions on the NEXUS on 28 August 2012.

02 Jul 12

Advanced biofuels: Separating the wheat from the chaff

Biofuels will be the biggest contributor to the EU’s target of providing 10% of transport fuel from renewable energy by 2020, but consumers at the petrol pump could be forgiven for feeling confused about their environmental benefits. Initially hailed as a solution to soaring roadside carbon dioxide emissions – which rose by 26% between 1990 and 2008 – headlines have recently turned to the damage that feedstock-based fuel crops such as biodiesel might have on the planet’s climate. This is because of indirect land use change (ILUC) that happens when arable land taken to grow fuel crops is then compensated for by clearing forests, wetlands and other natural habitats elsewhere in the world to grow the missing food. Futuristic biofuels made from the residues of agricultural products or algae do not compete with food production and have a “crucial role” to play in mitigating carbon dioxide emissions, a new report says.

17 Jun 12

Spelman on Rio: Time to “nail the myth” you can’t be green and growing

Environment secretary says it’s time to shatter the myth that you can’t be green and growing – The clouds may be gathering around the Rio +20 Earth Summit next week with walkouts marring last-minute talks, the negotiating text remaining a mess of brackets and clauses, commentators convinced the summit will end as a damp squib, and the row over David Cameron’s refusal to attend refusing to die down.

15 Jun 12

Findings and Solutions in the Living Planet Report

Richard Matthews on the Messages of WWF’s Living Planet Report – The WWF’s Living Planet Report (LPR) is the world’s leading science-based analysis on the health of the Earth and the impact of human activity. The ninth biennial publication released in May, reviews the cumulative pressures humans are putting on the planet and the consequent decline in the health of the forests, rivers and oceans. Its key finding is that humanity’s demands are exceeding the planet’s capacity to sustain us.

12 Jun 12

So much to do, so little time

“Along with thousands of government delegates, activists, academics, business chiefs and other journalists I’m making my way this week to Rio de Janeiro,” says BBC’s correspondent Richard Black.

09 May 12

Eight radical solutions for the water shortage

With population rising, how can a water crisis be averted? After two unusually dry winters - which have left reservoirs, aquifers and rivers below normal levels - seven water companies across southern and eastern England are about to impose water restrictions. But experts say population growth and climate change could spell a much grimmer future.

28 Mar 12

Food-Water Nexus, an Important Issue for Canadian Companies

While Canada is blessed with far greater water abundance than most countries around the world, growing population intensity and industrial activity is creating stress on local resources. Growing demand locally or from international markets affect Canadian waters that are relied upon to help grow and process foods.

26 Mar 12

South Africa’s water future in a crowded, connected and complex world

“Water quality and availability underpins both food and energy production, leading us to what is fast becoming recognised as the defining challenge of our generation – the water, energy, food nexus.”

22 Mar 12

A World Water Day question: How do we do more with less?, asks Andy Wales of SABMiller

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is Water and Food Security, and its aim is to encourage us all to be more aware of the amount of water we “drink” through the food we eat - for example, producing 1 kilogram of beef uses 15,000 liters of water while 1 kilogram of wheat “drinks” 1,500 liters.

19 Mar 12

Joined-up thinking on water, energy and food

Africa’s third longest river, the Niger, is a source of water, food and energy for nine West African countries. But frequent droughts induced by a changing climate, and exacerbated by rapidly growing demand, pose a threat to water availability and livelihoods. However, countries and communities can overcome the problem of how to share water resources if they adopt what scientists call “the nexus approach”, a key agenda item at the week-long Water Forum in Marseilles, France.

13 Mar 12

Der Kampf ums Wasser tobt

Die Ressource Wasser ist knapp. Das ist nicht nur ein Problem der Wüstenzonen. Wasser muss gerechter verteilt werden, denn Industriestaaten verschwenden es schonungslos. Deutschland beteiligt sich an der Weltwasserdiskussion seit dem vergangenen Jahr mit der sogenannten Nexus-Diskussion.

28 Oct 11

Die Welt ist nicht genug

Sieben Milliarden Menschen bevölkern die Erde - und alle wollen essen, trinken, einkaufen, in Wohlstand leben. Schon jetzt verbrauchen sie mehr, als der Planet langfristig bieten kann. Forscher wollen der verhängnisvollen Entwicklung mit neuen Technologien begegnen. Doch das allein reicht nicht.

29 Aug 11

Balancing water, food and energy equation a global challenge

One of the world’s key challenges in an increasingly challenging future will be balancing the water, food and energy equation, WWF predicted at the conclusion of this year’s World Water Week.


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