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NEXUS Resources

09 Nov 15


Framing the Water-energy Nexus for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

We present three fundamental narratives of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative to reinforce the argument for a global nexus perspective aimed at sustainable development.

14 Aug 15


Decentralized Energy in Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus in Developing Countries: Case Studies on Successes and Failures

This paper seeks to study the underlying factors behind the successes and failures of household- and community-based decentralized energy technologies through local case studies from different parts of the world, analyzed through the lenses of the Water-Energy-Food Security (WEF) nexus.

02 Jul 15


empowering people. Award to identify tech-based social solutions is looking for nominations

Win the award and join the “empowering people. Network” for further promotion, training, network opportunities or individual support!

10 Dec 14


The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Enhancing Adaptive Capacity to Complex Global Challenges

Fulfilling the essential human aspirations for quality of life, meaningful education, productive and rewarding work, harmonious relations, and sustainable natural resource use requires ingenuity, foresight and adaptability.

25 Nov 14


Beijing Nexus Symposium

Beijing hosted a symposium on Solutions for the Nexus: Building Partnerships to Optimise Infrastructure and Technology for Water, Energy and Food Security from 11-13 November 2014.

20 Nov 14

Case Study

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Demonstrating the Urban NEXUS approach to link water, energy and food resources in schools

The Urban NEXUS pilot project harnessed opportunities to link water and sanitation, energy, food and waste, solutions which would have otherwise been missed with a singular development application.

03 Jun 14


Clean Energy and Water: Assessment of Mexico for improved water services with renewable energy

Mexico is a diverse nation with an estimated population of over 113 million people. Vast natural resources and strained water supplies make Mexico an interesting setting for studying the energy-water nexus. Despite its energy status as a major oil producing country, Mexico struggles with water stress with nearly all of its land area experiencing or approaching physical water scarcity. With over 11 million people lacking access to water supplies and 22 million lacking access to sanitation, there is a pressing need for development of the water sector in both rural and urban settings. Solving much of Mexico’s water issues requires energy for extracting, transporting, and treating water where it is needed most. Yet such energy use is not always possible since 3 million people are not connected to an electricity grid. Consequently, there is an opportunity to improve water services through use of distributed renewable energy technologies. Various policies and technologies are relevant to the energy-water nexus on a decentralized scale. In particular, distributed rainwater collection and solar hot water heating are effective technologies that deliver water services solely from renewable energy, directly offsetting use of primary fuels or fossil fuel-generated electricity. Additionally, policy levers such as mandates and right-pricing of water and energy can help encourage sustainable operation of established water and energy systems. The efficacy of integrating renewable energy and water systems is demonstrated through case studies of northern Mexico and the Mexico City Metropolitan area. Particularly important factors for technology development include consideration of performance parameters, cultural acceptance, willingness to pay, and financing. Based on this analysis, we deduce the following key findings: Solar hot water heating can reduce fuel use when appropriately implemented; Affordable financing is essential for technology adoption; Understanding a customer’s ability and willingness to pay is important; Fresh ideas for water and energy conservation can make large strides towards mitigating the acute challenges at the energy-water nexus; Information communication technology (ICT) can be an effective means of education. By C.W. King, K.M. Twomey, A.S. Stillwell, and M.E. Webber. Prepared for the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 2011.

28 May 14


The Mena Nexus Initiative for A Green Economy, Human Security and Stability

By Rabi H. Mohtas, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

14 May 14

Video Presentation

C-STEM Water Energy Nexus Curriculum Challenge

A short presentation of a Water-Energy-Food Nexus curriculum for elementary, middle and high schools within the framework of the 2014 C-STEM challenges. By Reagan Flowers. C-STEM’s mission is to inspire the next generation of innovators and thought leaders by engaging them in exciting hands-on projects solving real world problems to encourage entry into the talent pipeline, bolster self-confidence, and foster a well-rounded mastery of the areas of communication, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. More at www.cstem.org

02 Dec 13


Transformation of Alice Springs through the Energy-Water Nexus

Presentation by Darryl Day, previously General Manager Remote Operations (Now Executive Director Energy Policy, Northern Territory Department of Mines and Energy, September 2013

30 Oct 13


A Marshall Plan for Energy and Water Supply in Developing Countries

Many developing countries strive to achieve political stability, democracy and economic growth - none of which will be achieved without a the availability, accessibility and affordability of clean energy and water, as this report points out.

07 Aug 13

Strategy Document

Toward a Sustainable Energy Future for All: Directions for the World Bank Group’s Energy Sector

As global energy markets evolve rapidly, producing and maintaining a reliable power supply for many countries in the developing world remains a significant issue. The World Bank Group will approach this energy crisis in partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Client countries focus on universal access, accelerating improvements in energy efficiency, and doubling the global share of renewable energy by 2030. Achieving these goals will help to end extreme poverty, because economic growth and shared prosperity is not possible without access to energy. Even with the proper infrastructure for energy production, prices often remain higher than the global average, resulting in households using self-supplied alternatives such as unclean, diesel generators. To remedy this situation, energy must be distributed and consumed efficiently through programs supported by a sound pricing and tariff policy, by subsidies targeting the poor, and by mechanisms for carbon pricing. The World Bank Group is committed to providing long-term solutions tailored to specific circumstances of each client country in the areas of renewable energy, natural gas, transmission and distribution, regional trade and market integration, financial performance, sector planning, access, and post-conflict reconstruction.

25 Oct 12


The Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Climate Change in Southern Africa

Held at the Second Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa Addis Ababa, 19-20 October 2012, by Gisela Prasad, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town

27 Sep 12


Visualizing Water

In a poll taken last year, The Nature Conservancy found that 77% of Americans have absolutely no idea where their water comes from. This lack of understanding about how water is delivered to our homes is symptomatic of broader water illiteracy - too few understand the basic workings of global or local water cycles, how much water we use in our homes, factories, or farm fields, how water shortages develop, or how our use of water might affect the health of natural ecosystems. If we don’t understand these basic characteristics of water and its use, we likely won’t understand how we can use water more sustainably, or what we should expect of other water users or managers. In the past few months Brian Richter has been working with Jason Pearson of TRUTHstudio to develop some graphical illustrations of our water sources and uses.

27 Sep 12


“What if I told you: you eat 3.496 litres of water”

Animation on virtual water: “Eating water might sound strange, but you are about to discover that actually you eat loads of it, you are addicted to it, and you don’t know it. An understanding of our water consumption can help us provide a solution to one of our most pressing problems: making sure there is enough water for everybody on the planet.”

23 Apr 12


International Finance Corporation

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. Established in 1956, IFC is owned by 182 member countries, a group that collectively determines our policies. Our work in more than a 100 developing countries allows companies and financial institutions in emerging markets to create jobs, generate tax revenues, improve corporate governance and environmental performance, and contribute to their local communities. IFC’s vision is that people should have the opportunity to escape poverty and improve their lives. Population Growth, environmental pressures, and urbanization are putting significant pressures on valuable resources such as water, energy, food and land. Climate change is central to the fragile nexus between energy, water and food security, and will significantly impact economic development going forward.

20 Apr 12


Water for Food

A large quantity of water is needed to produce the food we eat every day. This animation aims to show the relationship between food production and water use.

03 Mar 12


World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

02 Mar 12


Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR)

The Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR) was established under the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative to serve as the central administration unit to coordinate research, education and outreach activities amongst the partnering U.S. and Ethiopian Universities.

16 Nov 11


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.


09 Oct 15


Addressing the interconnected systems involving food, water and energy is critical to achieving solutions to one of the most pressing issues facing our planet.

03 Feb 15

The Nexus Network

ESRC would like to invite leading UK academic and non-academics to be selected for a two-day workshop in Cape Town to develop the scope of the programme, on 24 and 25 Feb 2015. Deadline for application is 6 Feb 2015.

05 Jun 14

Water-Energy Nexus in Australia

Water demand of Australian cities is growing. A lack of quantitative information regarding water-energy links has constrained the motivation and solutions. However, there is substantial opportunity for action. Understanding the nexus, or connection between water and energy, is the key. - By Steven Kenway, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

11 Mar 14

Nexus at the Africa Utility Week

“We should galvanize the interest the nexus debate is generating by operationalizing commitments into concrete programmes by building strategic partnerships and alliances as we move into the future,” says Paul T. Yillia, consultant at Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

21 Jan 14

Data Project

Circle of Blue, a team of journalists and researchers reporting on water and worldwide resource issues, today launched Choke Point: Index, a dynamic on-the-ground journalism and data project that reveals the globally significant competition between water, food, and energy. The first phase, called “Dry Fields, Dirty Water,” explores three critical, water-challenged agricultural regions in the United States, and was announced during the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi.

12 Sep 13

Student Competition

Shell Ideas360 is a global competition organised by Shell International Limited for students to develop game-changing ideas for tackling Energy, Water and Food issues.

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.

04 May 12

South Africa

The South African Water, Energy and Food forum could not have come at a more opportune time. COP17 has come and gone and with the new year in full swing, many remain doubtful about whether or not all the hype has left us with a successful outcome to the complicated international climate change negotiations process; and about what the outcomes to this process mean for business. — by Aimée Girdwood

Recent NEXUS Events

19–21 Jan 16


Addressing the interconnected systems involving food, water and energy is critical to achieving solutions to one of the most pressing issues facing our planet.

28–30 Jul 15


Solar 2015 (#Solar2015) will be hosted within a new environment at the Pennsylvania State University.

18 May 15

Preconference Workshop

The International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Consortium, the Rural Policy Research Institute and the Rural Policy Learning Commons announce a workshop

29–30 Jan 15


The Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting will take place in Bangkok during 29-30 January 2015 with an emphasis on the cooperation on water, energy, and food issues

28 May 14


In this online class, Dr. Michael Webber builds from his extensive body of research, his course lectures, and his congressional testimony to share his perspective on the global nexus of energy and water to outline trends while identifying technical and policy options that might mitigate the challenges.

06–09 Aug 14


The camp is targeting 10-15 year olds. The camp theme is tied to the UN’s World Water Day 2014. Organised by Greyfos Consulting Nairobi, Kenya.

Independent Research Forum

The Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) are to achieved in 2015 which is just ahead.

04–06 Dec 13


The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), in collaboration with the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, UN-Energy and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), will be convening a Global Conference on “Rural Energy Access: A Nexus Approach to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication” at the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on December 4-6, 2013.

29 Nov 12


The African Union and the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) are convening a High-level African Dialogue on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Nairobi, Kenya on November 29, 2012.

22 Oct–03 Nov 12


KTH Division of Energy Systems Analysis (DESA) invites PhD students and researchers with an interest in integrated resource modelling to the course on Integrated Assessment of Climate, Land Use, Energy and Water Systems. The course will be held in conjunction with an IAEA meeting hosted by the Swedish government at KTH with the same name, bringing together analysts from several countries as well as leading modelers and academics.

NEXUS in the Media

07 Apr 16


Virginia Tech creates sustainable-energy research initiative

Virginia Tech is creating a sustainable-energy research initiative to bolster its energy research programs.

17 Feb 16

Press Release

Research into critical national issues at forefront of NSF’s FY2017 budget request

Budget request addresses clean energy technologies, food sustainability, disaster response and education

22 Jan 16


Visualizing where food, water and energy meet

Nada, meet NASA.

05 Jan 16


Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems

There is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting to future challenges.

05 Jan 16


Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems

There is a critical need for research that enables new means of adapting to future challenges.

28 Dec 15


Authors Jon O’Riordan and Robert Sandford raise alarm over links between soil quality and climate change

Former senior civil servant Jon O’Riordan says human beings can no longer count on natural processes to absorb the impact of people on the Earth.

24 Nov 15


Israeli private-public funds fight climate change

Israel is the perfect laboratory for cleantech technologies to solve technology problems at the energy-food-water nexus.

15 Sep 15


New Engineering Dean Brings Experience to School, Campus

New School of Engineering Dean Mark Matsumoto is not new to UC Merced.

02 Jul 15


Siemens Stiftung Offers Cash Awards for Innovations that Help Impoverished Areas

Siemens Stiftung has launched a competition that offers awards for innovations that help impoverished areas with basic supplies, including energy.

02 Jul 15


“empowering people. Award” to identify tech-based social solutions is looking for nominations

The Award is on the lookout for solutions in the categories of Water & Waste Water, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Waste Management, Healthcare, Sheltering, Education and Information & Communication.

02 Jun 15


Collaboration: US-Pak universities to work on energy, water

Three US and four Pakistani universities have agreed to collaborate on research on energy, water and agriculture

21 May 15


What can be done about a water shortage?

The water crisis in the western United States – most notably in California and Washington – may be the most severe and most publicized, but other threats to the nation’s water supply loom

13 May 15


Managing water-energy nexus pressures in the MENA region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is one of the most water scarce regions in the world.

18 Dec 14


To Cool a Warming Planet, Give Developing Countries a Voice (Op-Ed)

The cornerstone for all negotiations at COP21 in Paris next year remains helping nations cut carbon emissions, but other factors can easily derail the journey towards deep decarbonization.

03 Sep 14


Urban Water-Energy Strategies

Urban WEN strategies are crucial as coal-power generation is shifting westwards to water scarce regions. There are a variety of price & non-price (subsidies, retrofitting...) management tools to reduce WEN demands.

26 Aug 14

Featured Article

Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Catalyst for economic development?

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.

19 Aug 14


Tanzanian schools urged to teach and practice sustainable development

Schools in Tanzania are being encouraged to become more self-supporting, with projects for better food, water supplies, sanitation and energy usage. There is the hope that the wider community will also benefit.

25 Mar 14


Govt taking measures to avoid water crisis in future: Ahsan Iqbal

20 Feb 14


Tackling water, sanitation, energy nexus key to sustainable future, say UN officials

UN officials are cited here with their views on the nexus approach for water-energy-sanitation. They also take a look at what has or has not been achieved of the Millenium Goals and outline new 2015 goals.

16 Feb 14


The Year That Resilience Gets Real

With the desasters happened in 2013 and the desasters to be expected for 2014, buliding resilience is crucial. Not only for the water-energy-food nexus but also fpr ecosystems and global health systems.

14 Feb 14


Asian economies concerned over future energy needs

The news summarize a survey on Asia’s future energy demands which was conducted by Shell

13 Dec 13


South Asia faces food, water, energy insecurity

A conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, focussed on a number of development related topics in the South Asia region. Among them was connected infrastructure between Pakistan and India to address the water-energy-food-security nexus

19 Sep 13

Water-energy-air Nexus

“Saving water is just as important as saving electricity. But few know about the direct connection between saving both. One of the best ways to save energy is to use water more efficiently. When you save water, you’re helping your water and wastewater providers to save energy and save money, too. On the hottest afternoons, everyone can help prevent blackouts by minimizing energy and water use,” says Garry Brown, Executive Director of Orange County Coastkeeper

15 Apr 13

The Future Is Coming: What’s the U.S. Plan?

“Global Trends 2030” a report by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) predicts that one of the four megatrends will be the “Food, Water, Energy Nexus.”

20 Jun 12

Bangladesh wary of “green economy” agenda at Rio+20

Bangladesh will advocate for a “green economy” approach that does not constrain poorer nations’ potential to grow at the U.N. conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro this week. “We are concerned the green economy path will hamper our economic development. How effective will it be for poverty eradication?” Quazi Khaliquzzaman Ahmed, convener of Bangladesh’s climate change negotiation team, told AlertNet. “Unless poor countries get adequate funds from the major polluter (nations), it won’t be possible for them to green their economy.

05 Jun 12

Water for Food Conference Ends with Calls to “Think Big”

Humanity is in a “race against time” to produce enough food to feed itself, hampered by a false sense of comfort that set in over the last few decades when food supplies generally outpaced demand, said a University of Nebraska-Lincoln agronomist who’s one of the world’s leading experts on feeding the world. Ken Cassman was one of several who reflected Friday on the final day of the fourth annual global Water for Food Conference, hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation at the University of Nebraska and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

25 Apr 12

The megatrends companies must face to meet sustainability challenges

Systems thinking comes of age as KPMG says environmental, social and economic problems cannot be solved separately. The megaforces that KPMG highlights represent all the usual suspects, from climate change, unpredictable energy supplies and water scarcity to urbanisation, deforestation and food security.

29 Mar 12

Why Kids Should Learn About Water, Energy and Food

In science class, kids are taught about the many systems of their bodies, for example: the nervous system, digestive system, and the skeletal system. It is important for them to understand how their bodies work so they can take good care of themselves. Likewise, it is also important for students to understand how the critical systems of their communities work. Even after decades of environmental activism in this country, we still struggle to reliably deliver clean and safe water, food and energy to our nation’s children.


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