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NEXUS Initiatives

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.

NEXUS in Practice

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.

Energy and Ecosystems

by Hamburg Wasser, Germany

Energy and Ecosystems

by RWE Power, Germany

Modern Agriculture

by University of Hohenheim, Germany

Innovative Water Management

by Ministry of Water and Irrigation (Jordan)

NEXUS Resources

25 Jul 14

Presentation

Vacuum Sewerage & Water Management Systems

By Michael Gürtler, Bilfinger Water Technologies, at Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 25 - 27 June 2014, Da Nang, Viet Nam

24 Jul 14

Presentations

Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus: Day 1

Presentation by Ms. Le Thi Kim Phuong, Department for Planning and Investment, Da Nang, Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 25 - 27 June 2014, Da Nang, Viet Nam

23 Jul 14

Presentations

Nexus - Implemented by Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS

By Ruth Erlebeck, GIZ, at Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 25 - 27 June 2014, Da Nang, Viet Nam

21 Jul 14

Presentation

The Urban Nexus: Towards resource efficient and integrated solutions for cities in Asia and the Pacific

By at Donovan Storey, UN-ESCAP, at Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 25 - 27 June 2014, Da Nang, Viet Nam

21 Jul 14

Speech

Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: Opening Remarks

By Ruth Erlbeck GIZ, at Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 25 - 27 June 2014, Da Nang, Viet Nam

21 Jul 14

Speech

Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: Opening Remarks

By Donovan Storey, UN-ESCAP, at Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 25 - 27 June 2014, Da Nang, Viet Nam

21 Jul 14

Speech

Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: Opening Remarks

By Hans-Dieter Stell, Federal Republic of Germany, held at Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 25 - 27 June 2014, Da Nang, Viet Nam

04 Jul 14

Presentations

Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus: Day 1

Presentations: Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 25 - 27 June 2014, Da Nang, Viet Nam

14 Jun 14

Presentation

The relevance of nexus thinking towards adaptive and integrated resources management

By Kathrin Knüppe, University of Osnabrück, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

14 Jun 14

Presentation

Co-optimizing economic and ecological goals - how can companies contribute to the Nexus challenge

By Edeltraud Guenther, TU Dresden, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

10 Jun 14

Presentation

The Impact of Using Water - Why is Continuous Sediment Transfer in Reservoirs and Rivers so important for Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus?

By Dietrich Bartelt, DB Sediments, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

02 Jun 14

WBCSD Report

Co-optimizing Solutions: Water and Energy for Food, Feed and Fiber

The report shows how meeting the world’s growing demand for food and other agricultural products can be achieved while minimizing environmental impact, and is based on research and quantitative analysis of global linkages.

27 May 14

Presentation

The NeXus of - Water, Food, Energy

By Peter Rutschmann, TU Munich, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

27 May 14

Presentation

Using Earth Observations to address the basin scale information needs of the Water-Energy-Food security nexus

By Richar Lawford held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

27 May 14

Presentation

An Integrated Map to Coordinate Coastal, Water & Fisheries Policies in Japan: Visualizing a Water & Food Nexus

By Aiko Endo, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

27 May 14

Presentation

Hydropower development on the Coruh River shared between Turkey and Georgia

By Waltina Scheumann, German Development Institute, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

27 May 14

Presentation

The Water-Energy Nexus in Shared River Basin: How hydro-power shapes cooperation and coordination

By Ines Dombrowsky and Waltina Scheumann, German Development Institute, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

19 May 14

Video

Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

A video on achieving water, energy and food security for everyone - one of the greatest challenges humankind is facing today. This video was commissioned by the Global Water System Project (GWSP) as an introduction to this pressing 21st century challenge. The video was launched at the International Conference “Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, held in Bonn, Germany on 19-20 May 2014.

01 Apr 14

Presentation

The Nexus Perspective on Water, Energy and Food Security

Leveke Neumann of the Division “Water, Energy, Urban Development, Geosector” at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (BMZ) discusses the Nexus perspective and gives examples of how the German government puts the nexus approach into practise.

10 Dec 13

Presentation

Let’s look long term: What Difference will Nexus Thinking have made in 2050?

The nexus approach works best with clear strategic goals. Implementation works best when all stakeholders work together and decisions are based on information and strives to learn from past mistakes. This presentation by Mike Muller, Commissioner, National Planning Commission, South Africa, outlines what could be achieved in 2050 implementing the nexus approach on water and energy security - to point this out, to focus on unintended consequences of South African water planning

28 Nov 13

Policy Brief

Realising the Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus

This policy brief provides an overview of Nexus Dialogues, the implementation of the nexus perspective in German development cooperation and present Nexus Initiatives which have emerged from the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference.

08 Nov 13

Nexus Policy Forum 2013

Berlin2013: “Realizing the Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus” - Programme

Tentative programme for the Berlin Nexus Policy Forum, as of 25 Nov 2013

25 Mar 13

Presentation

The Nexus Perspective on Water, Energy and Food Security

This presentation outlines the Nexus Perspective as well as the activities of the German Development Cooperation.

23 Jan 13

Lecture Series - Webinar

“The Role of Scarcity in Global Virtual Water Flows”

“Water scarcity is affecting other sectors which heavily rely on the availability of water supplies. Water is an important determinant of food security and irrigation will be the first sector to suffer from increasing scarcity. In this lecture, Dr. Anik Bhaduri from the University of Bonn talks about the interlinks between water and food security with a special focus on the concept of virtual water and its measurement.”

26 Nov 12

Lecture Series - Webinar

“Biomass for Energy: The Water Footprint for Biodiesel”

The concept of water footprint has been around for some time now and led to valuable debates about the interlinks between consumption patterns, resource scarcity and also trade. In this third webinar of the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus Lecture Series, Dr. Gerbens-Leenes explains the current knowledge from the water footprint concept with a focus on the water footprint in the production of biomass for energy.

14 Nov 12

Policy Paper

Biofuels - Opportunities and risks for developing countries

The Strategy Paper of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

12 Nov 12

Lecture Series - Webinar

“Rainwater Harvesting: Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Food Security”

With climate variability increasing in upcoming years, rainwater harvesting is seen as a feasible adaptation strategy for many regions of the world. In this second webinar of the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus Lecture Series in Cologne/Germany, Prof. Dr. Clement Dorm Adzobu talks about the potentials of rainwater harvesting and the applicability of this strategy to African Countries like Ghana.

29 Oct 12

Lecture Series - Webinar

“Eco-Innovation for Greening Growth”

The sustainable and integrated management of the resources land, water and energy is indispensable for any future development strategy. The way to link the management of these resources to green growth is through the focus on eco-innovations. In this first webinar of the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus Lecture Series, Prof. Dr. Harald Sander talks about the concept of eco-innovations. Before that, Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe gives a short introduction to the issues in the Water, Energy, Food Nexus.”

16 Jul 12

Messages for Rio

New Drivers for Sustainable Urban Development - Key Messages on Green Urban Economy from Bonn to Rio

Three focal areas need to be addressed for a transition to a Green Urban Economy, which promotes environmental well-being and improved quality of living for all income groups (i.e. Green Jobs and Poverty Eradication; Financing and Green Investments; Effective Governance and Institutions). The messages and their conditions offer potential ways to address environmental and social concerns in an economically viable way at the local level.

21 Jun 12

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.

19 Jun 12

Messages for Rio

Sustainability is Essential for Development

Interview with Stephan Opitz, Director General of KfW, on the Rio+20 conference and the work of KfW. On the occasion of the UN-conference Rio+20 he explains how Germany’s promotional bank implements this task. KfW promotes sustainable projects and programmes in developing and transition countries in areas such as water supply, food security and energy and is in this way supporting a “green economy” in its partner countries.

10 Jun 12

Publication

Rio+20 – A Water Guide for Negotiators and Young Water Experts

Water will be a central component of the Rio discussions due to its role in the green economy. Furthermore, water management structures will be part of the discussions at the Summit. A strong unified front from the water community is required to assure that the agreements made at Rio produce positive and lasting results regarding water resources. This guide seeks to introduce the Rio+20 process and facilitate water stakeholders’ participation in the process.

07 Jun 12

Opening Speech

Germany’s Foreign Office Secretary of State Emily Haber opens the Presentation of the Report “The Global Resource Nexus: The Struggles for Land, Energy, Food, Water, and Minerals”

“The report is indeed timely and very pertinent to our efforts in finding answers to some of the great questions of our time: how do we handle resource scarcities? How do we tackle climate change and mitigate its consequences? How does the growth of world population affect the globe? And – of course – what does all this imply for foreign policy?”

16 May 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.

25 Apr 12

Presentation

Food, Energy and Water – The Meganexus: South Africa at the Stress Epicenter

by Margaret Catley-Carlson, held at the South African Water, Energy and Food Forum: “Managing the Mega-Nexus”, 18-19 April 2012

14 Mar 12

Declaration

The Blue Group Declaration to the 6th World Water Forum

“The time for solution is upon us.” The member countries of the Blue Group call upon all stakeholders of the 6th World Water Forum 2012, and the wider international community, to integrate human rights standards and principles when finding solutions to support the aim of universal access to water and sanitation.

09 Mar 12

Institute

Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT)

The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) provides teaching, research and consultancy services. The ITT is an interdisciplinary and international interface. The aim of the institute is to enable people of various technical and cultural backgrounds in the capacity for wide ranging cooperation on an interdisciplinary and international level as well as at the university and post-graduate level.

07 Mar 12

Speech

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle at the Conference “Water Diplomacy in Central Asia” in Berlin

“How we shape all this change is one of the key questions for the future. How can we shape the necessary worldwide switch to a sustainable economy so as to alleviate poverty and preserve our environmental resources?”

02 Mar 12

Presentation

Green Energy from Black Water

by Hamburg Wasser, Germany

02 Mar 12

Presentation

Sustainable Lignite Mining and Utilisation in the Rhineland

by RWE Power, Germany

02 Mar 12

Presentation

Skyfarming

by University of Hohenheim, Germany

01 Mar 12

Presentation

Contributing Towards Solving Three Major Economical Growth Challenges in Jordan

by Ministry of Water and Irrigation (Jordan)

19 Nov 11

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

Conference Daily 3: Solutions Are More Than Just a Dream

Content: Three Strategy Panels: Doing More With Less - Global Sustainability Panel to Support Nexus Approach - Plenary Highlights Immediate Outcome Initiatives - Conference Voices - Practitioners Urged to Think Interlinked and Look at Bio-Economy - Practitioners Inspire Concrete Actions - Integrating WASH Into the Nexus - Urbanization Provides an Opportunity to Optimize Linkages

18 Nov 11

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

Conference Daily 2: Bonn Launches Nexus Perspective

Content: Growing Food in Cities, Preventing Food Waste - Human Rights-Based Approach Requires Structured Actions - Solutions From the Sky, the Sea and the Sewer - Conference Voices - Road to Rio Connects Water to Green Economy - Young Scientists Bring Creativity to Nexus Solutions - EU to Reinforce Nexus Linkages With “Agenda for Change” - Q & A With Shenggen Fan of IFPRI

17 Nov 11

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

Conference Daily 1: A Unique Opportunity to Address Common Challenges

Content: The Bonn Perspectives and the Nexus Approach - Pre-Conference Symposium Brings Nexus Thinking to Bonn Public - Conference “Ambassadors” to Promote Outcomes - Attendee Snapshots - Conference Co-Chairs: Government, Business, NGOs All Have Role to Play in Addressing Nexus Problems - Ensuring Nature Is Considered in Nexus Talks: Q&A With Lasse Gustavsson, WWF

16 Nov 11

Presentation

Increasing the Impact of EU Development Policy: An Agenda for Change

The EU as a whole is the world’s largest donor and a key trading partner for developing countries. With its broad and ambitious development policies and comprehensive partnerships, the EU it is already making a significant contribution towards the MDGs. But we could have even greater impact.

01 Nov 11

Press Background

More goods for more people with fewer resources – Can it be done?

Is there a contradiction between providing secure access to water and energy and supplying sufficient food to the world‘s growing population? The answer right now is: in many cases, yes! In many situations throughout the world it is becoming clear that increases in the supply of water or food or energy only come at the expense of one or both of the other resources.

01 Nov 11

Press Background

Networked solutions for an interlinked world

Our world faces enormous challenges. Water, energy and food will become ever scarcer in future, especially in poor countries. Although solutions can be found for many of the impending problems, the measures taken to tackle one problem impact on other sectors – often with negative consequences. Conflicts of objectives arise. Thus, more food or energy has, so far, come at a high cost: rising water consumption. And this is only one example of the contradictory relationships at work.

NEXUS News

28 May 14

Agroforestry

With the global population increasing and our climate changing, now more than ever we need to halt the overexploitation of natural resources which supply us with water, energy and food, and manage these resources sustainably. For smallholder farmers across the developing world, this need is perhaps most critical, for without a secure food supply, access to clean water and sources of energy, their livelihoods are threatened. - By Kate Langford.

21 May 14

Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference

The Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference that took place 19/20 May 2014 has closed with a call to action by all participants, demand for responsible governance of natural resources, broad involvement of stakeholders, and an expansion of financial, institutional, technical and intellectual resources for nexus research and applications

07 May 14

Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference

The international conference in Bonn on 19/20 May 2014 aims to identify research and funding gaps to influence Nexus policy-making and research on a global level. It will bring together policy makers, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss the linkages across three key resource sectors – water, energy and food. Participants will address the sustainability of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus as a key research-for-action initiative and aim to develop ideas, ways and solutions to inform, influence, and catalyse necessary action by key stakeholder groups such as policymakers, non‐governmental organizations, the private sector, educators, researchers and others.

17 Dec 13

Research

Research papers are welcome for Volume 2 Issue 1 (May 2014) based on the theme of “Water for Food”.The submission deadline for abstract is 30 Dec 2013.

07 Nov 13

Research Scholarship

Humboldt University Berlin/Germany calls for applications for joining a Master or PhD/Postdoc programme on water governance in the MENA region. One of the potential research topics is management of the water-land use-agriculture nexus.

28 Oct 13

NEXUS Grant

Technische Universität München (TUM) has been successful in receiving €250,000 per year from the DAAD for the next four to five years.

04 Jun 12

Side Event at the Africa Water Week

“The nexus is an important process which has been started at the Bonn conference and needs to be continued by committed people at all levels in order to effect change”. — by Nicole Kranz

19 Apr 12

Green Climate Fund

On 13 April 2012 Germany officially submitted its application for Bonn to accommodate the headquarters of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Uschi Eid, Co-Chairs of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference, has recently been nominated as ambassadors to promote this application.

16 Apr 12

NEXUS event in the German House in New York

German-Rwandan Side event on the Nexus on 22nd March before the 3rd Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD

14 Mar 12

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

Voices & Conclusions from the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

08 Mar 12

Conference in Berlin

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle introduces the results of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

08 Dec 11

Satellite Initiatives

A satellite initiative of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

17 Nov 11

Bonn2011

Growing demand for water, energy and food demands resource-efficient economics

26 Oct 11

City of Bonn

In Bonn, the United Nations are working towards sustainable development worldwide with more than 950 employees in 18 secretariats.

21 Sep 11

Berlin Water Dialogues

The main results and findings of the first meeting of the Berlin Water Dialogues

20 Sep 11

Stakeholders

Civil society contributes to the debate around water, energy and food security

19 Sep 11

News

Third meeting of the International Steering Committee (ISC) on 7-8 September 2011

22 Jul 11

Bonn Perspectives

Nexus Conference opens perspectives: The City of Bonn and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) signed a memorandum on 21 July 2011, stating their intent to strengthen Bonn as a United Nations location for international cooperation, development and sustainability.

16 Jun 11

Short Film

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

18 Apr 11

Global Food Security

An interview with Joachim von Braun, member of the International Steering Committee

19 Jan 11

Process

Consultation process shaped by representatives from the spheres of politics, business and civil society

01 Jan 11

City of Bonn

United Nations gives the city a new face

Recent NEXUS Events

19–20 May 14

Conference

The conference will address the water-energy-foodsecurity nexus to create win-win situations for human development and sustainability

20–21 Jan 14

Conference

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.

16 Dec 13

Lecture Series Cologne

Lecture by Dr. Fritz Holzwarth, Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU). The Lecture is part of a series that addresses Nexus key issues by bringing scientists and experts from many disciplines together. It wants to contribute to the current global dialogue regarding the future of our planet. Organised by German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE-GDI), Institute of Geography/University of Cologne, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

14 Oct 13–13 Jan 14

Lecture Series

The Lecture Series addresses Nexus key issues by bringing scientists and experts from many disciplines together. It wants to contribute to the current global dialogue regarding the future of our planet. Organised by German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE-GDI), Institute of Geography/University of Cologne, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

06–08 Feb 14

14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

At the World Water Week 2011 in Stockholm, discussions focussed on how population growth, expanding cities, and accelerating economic activity increase the demand for energy and food and create unsustainable pressure on water resources. The 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit will deliberate on these topics and strive to find ways forward, toward a greener and more sustainable future. DSDS 2014 will continue to feature thematic tracks, successfully introduced at DSDS 2013, revolving around specific issues in the areas of energy, water and food security.

28–29 Nov 13

Policy Forum

On 28-29 November 2013, the Berlin2013 Policy Forum “Realizing the Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus”, hosted by BMZ in coordination with BMU and organized by GIZ, represents a major building block in a series of Nexus Dialogues which emanated from the Bonn2011 Nexus-Conference.

17 Jun 13

Expert Hearing

The IASS Potsdam, in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), invites to an expert discussion.

29 May 13

Side Event

The Vienna Energy Forum 2013 will focus on the energy dimension captured in the Rio+20 outcome document “The Future We Want” and will facilitate on how energy should be integrated into the post- 2015 global development framework.” During the Forum a side-event about the recent international undertakings and progress on the water-energy-food nexus is taking place.

29–30 Aug 13

Conference

The 1st International Terra Preta Conference aims at bringing experts and interested people from the different sectors – water/sanitation, agriculture, soil, energy, health – together to present their research results and to share their experiences in the field of Terra Preta Sanitation.

26 Nov 12

Workshop

On 26 November 2012, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) conducts a one day meeting for young professionals in Koblenz, Germany, to discuss the water and energy nexus.

29 Oct 12–14 Jan 13

Lecture Series

The Lecture Series addresses these key issues by bringing scientists and experts from many disciplines together. It wants to contribute to the current global dialogue regarding the future of our planet. Organised by German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE-GDI),
Institute of Geography/University of Cologne, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

08–09 Oct 12

Workshop

The workshop is part of the German-South African Year of Science 2012/13, which was initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST).

19 Sep 12

Side Event to the UN Human Rights Council

WaterLex, with the sponsorship of the permanent missions of Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany and Spain, invites to a side event on “The Future of Water in the United Nations System”, Wednesday 19th September, 1-4pm, Room XXIV, Palais des Nations.

21–24 May 13

Conference

New Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System, Bonn

10–11 Jul 12

Workshop at the 3. Water Research Horizon Conference (Berlin)

Water is a prerequisite for food production which requires also nutrients and energy. Vice versa alternative energy production by biogas plants is based on biomass derived from agriculture. Thus agricultural food production seems to be the most important integrative part concerning the water-food-energy nexus.

06 Jun 12

Report Presentation

by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), the Transatlantic Academy and the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)

20–24 Aug 13

Conference

Seventh Biennial Conference of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH), Munich, Germany

26–27 Mar 12

Workshop

“BONN PERSPECTIVES” workshop in Bonn

12–16 Mar 12

WWF 2012 Marseilles

Programme of the German Pavilion

20–21 Jan 12

Satellite Initiatives

A satellite initiative of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

16–18 Nov 11

Conference

Solutions for the Green Economy

NEXUS in the Media

13 Jun 14

Fracking: Could Mexico’s Water Scarcity Render It’s Energy Sector Reforms Self-Defeating?

In many countries, including the U.S., France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Australia, fracking has been partially banned or delayed on environmental concerns. Also known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking is a controversial oil and gas producing method that relies on injecting massive amounts of water, chemicals and sand into the earth to break up rocks to free up oil and gas reserves buried deep underground. Yet the government of Mexico, which has largely suppressed national debate on a highly unpopular energy reform that will end the state’s 75-year old control of the oil industry, has fully embraced fracking as an alternative to its declining energy production. Mexico, the third-largest exporter of crude oil to the U.S, has seen its oil output fall around 25% over the past decade.

24 Mar 14

News

Aquaponics allows for emission-free sustainable food production

With global population on the rise, the demand for water, land, energy and food is rising as well. As the ability of unsustainable agriculture to meet these demands is limited, an EU funded project is looking for new ways

10 Mar 14

Interview

IEA chief: Only a decade left in US shale oil boom

In this interview, Maria van der Hoeven of IEA points out that the US’s shale gas solution can’t be “copy-and-pasted” to other countries and why she thinks Africa can “leap-frog” in terms of engrgy infrastructure

10 Dec 13

Blog

A discussion on biofuel policies: a key link in the water-food-energy nexus

Biofuels a being pushed by policy makers. But the production of biofuels has quite a few implications on both environment, economy, and poltics in the European Union and beyond. An interesting opinion piece sheds light on these impacts

28 Aug 13

Choke Point: U.S. Water, Energy and the Ohio River Valley’s New Course

Few places in the United States better understand the economically essential and ecologically risky accord between energy and water than this southeast Ohio town: Athens, where Ohio University was founded in 1804 as a Northwest Territories frontier institution, was once surrounded by dozens of working underground coal mines. Thousands of miners spent much of the 19th and half of the 20th centuries digging long horizontal and vertical shafts that essentially hollowed out most of the rounded hills of the Hocking River Valley. Coal from southeast Ohio fired steel mills and fueled electricity-generating boilers that turned Ohio into an industrial powerhouse.

15 May 13

Biofuels boom in Africa as British Firms Lead Rush on Land for Plantations

British firms have acquired more land in Africa for controversial biofuel plantations. Biofuels have been linked to rising food prices and hunger, as well as increased greenhouse gas emission.

15 Dec 12

Japan builds a Galapagos of power

Rising resource and food costs add to the increasingly constraining effect the water-energy-food nexus exerts on our energy and other choices. Among other things, the water demands of conventional energy - including nuclear - threaten to overwhelm our capacity to cope with global population increases and urbanization.

14 Sep 12

Ludgate Targets Recycling, Water in USD 300 Million Resources Fund

Ludgate Investments Ltd., a London-based private equity investor, is seeking to raise as much as $300 million to finance waste-recycling and water-treatment businesses through a second resource-efficiency fund. “The value proposition is resource scarcity and the fact that wastes have now become commodities, providing strong returns,” Chief Executive Officer Gijs Voskamp said in an interview in London. “There is no other way than becoming more efficient with resources.”

08 Jun 12

Improving conflict management where resources are at stake

Important resources such as water, land, energy and minerals are becoming ever scarcer. This is due to population growth and rapid economic development, but also to the lack of suitable forums for conflict settlement and resource management. A report released by the Transatlantic Academy investigates this problem. It was brought to policymakers’ attention at an event co‑hosted by the Federal Foreign Office, the Transatlantic Academy and the German Advisory Council on Global Change in Berlin on 6 June.

23 May 12

Tomaten aus der 13. Etage

The world population keeps growing, and with it the demand for food. Students of Urban Ecology at the Technical University Berlin have developed ideas for innovative agriculture.

15 May 12

Scientists urge action on world’s biggest problems

Scientists from 15 countries are calling for a better political response to the provision of water and energy to meet the challenge of feeding a world of 9 billion people within 30 years.

15 May 12

Science academies call for action on global challenges

National science academies of 15 countries issued joint statements today calling on world leaders about to meet at the upcoming G8 Summit and other international gatherings this year to give greater consideration to the vital role science and technology could play in addressing some of the planet’s most pressing challenges.

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.

26 Apr 12

William Hague: “There is unprecedented global demand for green innovation”

We have left behind an era in which energy, food, water, and other resources have been relatively cheap and plentiful. Rising demand is carrying us into an age of higher and more volatile prices for energy, food and raw materials. Political tensions in the regions traditionally supplying the world’s oil have added to the uncertainties. Climate change is amplifying these stresses, and will do so increasingly. These risks post a serious threat to growth, through price shocks and inflation. Their political consequences could be more serious still, with some tempted to see a zero sum competition for resources between consumers and between nations.

25 Apr 12

Entwicklungsausschuss beschließt Antrag zur weltweiten Bekämpfung der Wasserknappheit

Der Ausschuss für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung hat heute einen Antrag der Koalitionsfraktionenzur weltweiten Bekämpfung der Wasserknappheit gegen das Votum der Opposition angenommen. Nach dem Willen von Union und FDP soll die Bundesregierung beim Rio+20-Prozess dafür eintreten, wirksame Maßnahmen gegen Wasserknappheit zu vereinbaren – „unter Berücksichtigung des Nexus von Ernährungssicherheit, Wasser und Energie“.

29 Mar 12

Union und FDP wollen Kampf gegen Wasserknappheit forcieren

Mit ihrem Antrag fordern die Abgeordneten die Bundesregierung unter anderem dazu auf, beim Rio+20-Prozess dafür einzutreten, wirksame Maßnahmen gegen Wasserknappheit zu vereinbaren – „unter Berücksichtigung des Nexus von Ernährungssicherheit, Wasser und Energie“.

15 Mar 12

Food, Energy and Water: The Nexus Determining Our Future

“Never had I imagined before that representatives of countries, international organizations, and private and public sectors would agree on unifyng and synchronizing their efforts under the threat of a common enemy: Water Scarcity.”

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.

03 Mar 12

Berlin Water Dialogues 2012 – Sustainable use of water in agriculture

07 Jan 11

Brot allein macht nicht satt: Kühe als Klimafaktor, stiller Hunger als Bedrohung

Kühe als Klimafaktor, stiller Hunger als Bedrohung: Ein Gespräch mit dem Ernährungsexperten Joachim von Braun

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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