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Core Research Project

The WEFN (Water-Energy-Food Nexus) project aims to maximize human-environmental security (minimize the vulnerability) by choosing management structures and policies that optimize both the water-food and water-energy connections in Asia-Pacific coastal regions.

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

NEXUS Resources

07 Nov 14

Presentation

Urbanization and the WEF Nexus in Asia

by Cecilia Tortajada, Instititute of Water Policy, and Lee Kuan Yew, School of Public Policy, NUS at the Singapore International Energy Week on Oct. 31, 2014

05 Nov 14

Interview

Award Winning Journalist Talks Water, Energy, and Climate Nexus

Keith Schneider, an award winning journalist for Circle of Blue and the New York Times, sat for a fascinating interview with WOUB’s Tom Hodson about global nexus between water, energy, and food issues.

23 Oct 14

Video

Turning Blue-Sky Thinking into Solutions for the Food-Water Nexus

Keynote by Cees Buisman held at the BlueTech Innovation Forum

07 Oct 14

Presentation

Water, food and energy security in shared river systems - case study Eastern Nile Basin

by Prof. Lars Ribbe at the 8th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 2013

11 Sep 14

Project

Analysis of impacts of large-scale investments in agriculture on water resources, ecosystems and livelihoods; and development of policy options for decision makers

The goal of this research project on behalf of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) is to analyze the nature and extent of impacts of foreign direct investments (FDI) in agriculture in Africa.

14 Jun 14

Presentation

Polestar: A nexus scenario framework

By Richard A. Rosen, Tellus Institute, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

16 May 14

Video

5th Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF): “Water-Energy-Food Nexus”

The forthcoming Assembly of GEF, taking place on 29 May 2014 in Cancun/Mexico, will focus on the interconntectedness

14 May 14

Publication

China’s Water-Energy Nexus Challenge

Access to water and energy and continuity of supply are two critical issues facing China today. With the population expected to reach 1.6 billion people by 2030, the increasing demand for water and energy will far exceed available resources. Even today, China struggles to provide enough clean, fresh water and energy for industry, agriculture and domestic users. Limited resources have driven China to devise large infrastructure projects, which will significantly change the flows of natural waterways. It is also looking at the Tibetan Plateau as a potential source of future water and energy supply. Encompassing the sources of many of the largest rivers in Asia, China has the power to play water hegemon in the region, raising concerns about water security for downstream riparian neighbours. By Sinéad Lehane, Acting Research Manager, Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme

06 May 14

Publication

“The Energy-Water-Food Nexus: Insights for the Business Community”

Through a thorough review of 54 documents (vetted by government, industry, and NGO experts), this document, published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, identifies steps that companies can take to understand and address their connections to the E-W-F nexus. These steps include: 1) Understanding the interconnected nature of the nexus; 2) Surveying and Data Collecting to find a company’s total resource consumption, and from where the resources are consumed; 3) Assessing Risks and Opportunities to see how a corporation’s consumption of resources can impact business operations; 4) Implementing technologies and programs to mitigate nexus risks; 5) Collaborating with stakeholders to address shared risks; 6) Leading the charge to address nexus challenges through engaging the business community.

22 Apr 14

Presentation

Robust approaches to managing nexus issues: experiences from around the world

Presentation by Eric Kemp Benedict, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), held on April 2nd, 2014 at the conference “Cooperation for Water, Energy, and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate” in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.

29 Mar 14

Publication

Food, water, and energy security in South Asia: A nexus perspective from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region

By Golam Rasul. - With limited land resources, inadequate energy supply, and growing water stress, South Asia faces the challenge of providing enough water and energy to grow enough food for the burgeoning population. Using secondary data from diverse sources, this paper explores the food, water, and energy nexus from a regional dimension, emphasizing the role of Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) ecosystem services in sustaining food, water, and energy security downstream. The analysis reveals that the issues and challenges in the food, water, and energy sectors are interwoven in many complex ways and cannot be managed effectively without cross-sectoral integration. The most distinctive feature of the nexus in South Asia is the high degree of dependency of downstream communities on upstream ecosystem services for dry-season water for irrigation and hydropower, drinking water, and soil fertility and nutrients. This finding suggests that along with cross-sectoral integration to improve the resource-use efficiency and productivity of the three sectors, regional integration between upstream and downstream areas is critical in food, water, and energy security. Within the nexus approach in South Asia, equal attention should be paid to management of HKH ecosystems–especially the watersheds, catchments, and headwaters of river systems–and to tapping the potential of collaborative gains in water, hydropower, and other ecosystem services through coordination across HKH countries.

23 Jan 14

Presentation

Understanding the water requirements of the power sector

Presentation by by Anna Delgado, World Bank, held on Jan 14th, 2014, 2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Preparing for World Water Day

22 Jan 14

Presentation

The Energy-Water Nexus (Thirsty Energy)

Presentation on by Pol Adarve, from Abengoa, held on Jan 2014, at 2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Preparing for World Water Day 2014

27 Nov 13

Research

The nexus across water, energy, land and food (WELF): potential for improved resource use efficiency?

By Claudia Ringler, Anik Bhaduri and Richard Lawford. Water, land and energy resources are all crucial contributors to food security. As a result of growing natural resource scarcity, the inter-connectedness of these sectors has become more apparent, as evidenced by growing tradeoffs and the incipient search for cross-sector efficiencies. Proactive engagement by the water, energy, land and food (WELF) sectors with important roles for national governments and international bodies is required to holistically assess and promote investment options that co-balance benefits across different sectors. Nexus assessments need to consider both human well-being and environmental outcomes, that is, the environment has to have “a seat at the table” for nexus analyses. Outcomes must also be evaluated for the poor, whose well-being is tightly interrelated but often in conflict with maintaining environmental integrity. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a globally significant test for the implementation of nexus thinking. In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, November 2013.

09 Sep 13

Video

Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Interview with Karl Falkenberg, Director General in DG Environment at the European Commission

The interview took place at the IIEA after a seminar on “Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”.

21 May 13

Speech

“The Importance of a Holistic Approach to Key Resources”

Speech by EU Commissioner Janez Potočnik at UN General Assembly Debate on Sustainable Development about Energy-Water Nexus.

02 Jan 13

Publication

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

The U.S. National Intelligence Council identifies the Water-Energy-Food Nexus as one of the mega trends for the coming decades. “The increasing nexus among food, water, and energy - in combination with climate change - will have far-reaching effects on global development over the next 15-20 years. In a tectonic shift, demand for these resources will grow substantially owing to an increase in the global population from 7.1 billion today to 8.3 billion by 2030.”

26 Oct 12

Policy Brief

Concretizing vagueness: new momentum for development through sustainable development goals?

One possible new impetus for development is the idea of so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which has emerged in the run-up to the Rio+20 Summit. It is still unclear if these goals will find sufficient backing, what they would include and when they would be implemented. Yet, some important aspects have to be considered in order to avoid mentioned past shortcomings of both UN processes. A balance and interconnectedness of issues is essential both to emphasize the interlinkages and to address the criticism of an environmental bias in the Rio Process. Importantly, central issues like poverty eradication must not be neglected. Additionally, measuring success is of importance. Here, measuring techniques as well as the quality of data collection have to be taken seriously. Institutional backing is equally important. This is relevant for the structures of international governance of development which have to be embedded in competent institutions and for implementation on national and local level where often-praised “ownership” has to be realized. Content: From MDGs to SDGs? - Balancing issues - Interconnecting issues - Measuring success - Institutional backing - Strong signal for post 2015 - by Stine Klapper and Nicole Kranz

25 Oct 12

Research

Energy-water Nexus: Energy Use in the Municipal, Industrial, and Agricultural Water Sectors

Industrial processes rely on water for cooling, chemical solvents, cleaning, just to name a few. Forty percent of the worlds’ food is produced from irrigated lands. However, much of this would not be possible without energy; which is a critical input to pump, move, and treat the water required by municipalities, industries and agriculture. Ironically, however, much of this energy would not be available without water to turn turbines, wash inputs, or cool equipment. Thus in many cases use of one resource is inextricably linked to use of the other - hence, the energy-water nexus.

25 Oct 12

Presentation

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

24 Oct 12

Presentation

Rethinking Food Security: New Dynamics of Green Growth, Food-Water-Energy Nexus, Public-Private-Partnerships and the Changing Role of Rice

by Dr Larry C.Y. Wong, Program Director, TIES, held at the National Convention on Food Security in Malaysia, 15-16 Oct 2012, Putrajaya, Malaysia

17 Oct 12

Web Platform

Gender and Water Alliance

The Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) promotes women’s and men’s equitable access to and management of safe and adequate water, for domestic supply, sanitation, food security and environmental sustainability. GWA offers a number of resources on its website, notably its resource guide on gender and IWRM, aimed at assisting water and gender practitioners and professionals as well as persons responsible for gender mainstreaming.

17 Oct 12

Web Platform

African Regional Water Resource Information System (UN-Water/Africa)

The UN-Water/Africa (formerly IGWA) comprises many UN agencies, including the Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Environmental Program, World Meteorological Organization, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,The United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Water and Sustainable Development Programme in Africa, The New Partnership for Africa’s Development, African Development Bank Group. The collaboration began in 1992 as the Interagency Group for Water in Africa (IGWA) which was formed as African regional counterpart at the initiative of ECA of in response to a request by the UNACC Subcommittee on Water Resources, to coordinate and harmonize water activities in Africa by various UN and other subregional IGOs. The other objective of IGWA was to promote joint collaborative activities in water sector in Africa by these agencies. The UNECA was the Secretariat of IGWA s and continues to serve as the Secretariat of UN-Water/Africa. Members of UN-Water/Africa meet routinely to review progress, to exchange information and to plan follow-up-activities.

28 Sep 12

Handbook

Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa - Foreign Direct Investment and Food and Water Security

According to estimates by the International Land Coalition based at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), 57 million hectares of land have been leased to foreign investors since 2007. Current research has focused on human rights issues related to inward investment in land but has been ignorant of water resource issues and the challenges of managing scarce water. This handbook will be the first to address inward investment in land and its impact on water resources in Africa. The geographical scope of this book will be the African continent, where land has attracted the attention of risk-taking investors because much land is under-utilised marginalized land, with associated water resources and rapidly growing domestic food markets. The successful implementation of investment strategies in African agriculture could determine the future of more than one billion people. An important factor to note is that sub-Saharan Africa will, of all the continents, be hit hardest by climate change, population growth and food insecurity. Sensible investment in agriculture is therefore needed, however, at what costs and at whose expense? The book will also address the livelihoods theme and provide a holistic analysis of land and water grabbing in sub-Saharan Africa. Four other themes will addressed: politics, economics, the environment and the history of land investments in sub-Saharan Africa.

25 Sep 12

Website

GrowingBlue

This site is meant to serve as a resource for credible, accurate information on water. It is also aimed at increasing global awareness of our water challenges and the need for thoughtful solutions. In that regard, we hope Growing Blue is a catalyst and platform for dialogue on this important topic. Water is one of the most critical factors in determining how and at what pace our world can support humanity’s continued growth. That story needs to be told with a greater voice and to a broader audience, now and in the future. In consultation with industry colleagues, scientists, academia and environmental professionals at leading NGOs, Growing Blue was created by Veolia Water in consultation with The Nature Conservancy, the Clean Water America Alliance, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Global Water Intelligence and Cardno ENTRIX.

18 Sep 12

Conference Proceedings

Balancing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: Focusing on Food-Water-Energy Nexus

A major international conference was held by CEP-BCI in February 2012. The conference benchmarked GMS economic growth between 2001 and 2010 and its impact on environmental and social development as well as provided an outlook for the next decade. Topics discussed included known and emerging economic, environmental, and climate change challenges in the context of food, water and energy security, and participants charted out key strategic thrusts for the coming decade. More than 233 delegates, including senior government officials from the GMS countries, private sector representatives and development partners attended. The conference outcomes have provided important inputs to the GMS program in general, and CEP-BCI Phase II in particular. During the next decade, emphasis will need to be placed on the management of food, water and energy resources in the GMS, which requires a careful balance of economic and environmental interests and better management of natural resources.

14 Sep 12

Presentation

Main Outcomes of the High Level Panel on the Water, Food and Energy Nexus at the WWF 2012

by Alain Vidal CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

07 Sep 12

Integrated Planning Tools

WEAP - Water Evaluation And Planning

Freshwater management challenges are increasingly common. Allocation of limited water resources between agricultural, municipal and environmental uses now requires the full integration of supply, demand, water quality and ecological considerations. The Water Evaluation and Planning system, or WEAP, aims to incorporate these issues into a practical yet robust tool for integrated water resources planning. WEAP is developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute’s U.S. Center. WEAP Hightlights: Integrated Approach: Unique approach for conducting integrated water resources planning assessments - Stakeholder Process: Transparent structure facilitates engagement of diverse stakeholders in an open process - Water Balance: A database maintains water demand and supply information to drive mass balance model on a link-node architecture - Simulation based: Calculates water demand, supply, runoff, infiltration, crop requirements, flows, and storage, and pollution generation, treatment, discharge and instream water quality under varying hydrologic and policy scenarios - Policy Scenarios: Evaluates a full range of water development and management options, and takes account of multiple and competing uses of water systems - User-friendly interface: Graphical drag-and-drop GIS-based interface with flexible model output as maps, charts and tables - Model integration: Dynamic links to other models and software, such as QUAL2K, MODFLOW, MODPATH, PEST, Excel and GAMS

04 Sep 12

Presentation

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

by Stuart Orr, WWF International

31 Aug 12

Presentation

Nexus in and nexus-driven connections between river basins: Reflection of global nexus changes in large basins

by Janos J. Bogardi, Executive Officer of GWSP

28 Aug 12

Video

The Food, Water, Energy and Ecology Nexus

Video description of the NEXUS. Looking at a practical example of the interconnectivity in the natural and human environment between the food, water and energy. An initial introduction and perhaps inspiration for those looking to produce better examples of how the Nexus might influence them.

16 Aug 12

Publication

Large-scale Water Storage in the Water, Energy and Food Nexus. Perspectives on Benefits, Risks and Best Practices

The paper provides an overview of the current status of large scale artificial water storage development and its functions in the water, energy and food security nexus. The paper presents a typology of water storage structures and provides an analysis of the risks, benefits and trade-offs posed by different storage options. It also highlights good practices and lessons learned from past experiences and explores emerging opportunities for water storage schemes to enhance water, energy and food security in the future.

02 Jul 12

Forthcoming: to be released on 12 Nov 2012

World Energy Outlook 2012

Drawing on the latest data and policy developments, the 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook presents analytical insights into trends in energy markets and what they mean for energy security, environmental protection and economic development. It sets out updated projections of energy demand, production, trade, investment and carbon-dioxide emissions, broken down by country, fuel and sector, to 2035. The water-energy nexus is one central chapter.

27 Jun 12

Publication

The Green Economy Pocketbook: The Case for Action

This publication describes a vision for change. It provides a snapshot of the opportunities, as well as the questions, presented by a shift to a green economy for communities, for governments and for businesses. It describes glimpses and gives examples of a transition that is already underway but has yet to be taken to scale. It connects some of the dots between the many different actions going on at all levels - civil society, government, finance, business - to show how we can evolve our economies to work for people and planet. This is our vision for a green economy - one founded on fairness and inclusion, and respecting planetary boundaries.

21 Jun 12

Report of Side Event at Rio+20

Mountain Knowledge Solutions for Sustainable Green Economy and Improved Water, Food, Energy, and Environment Nexus

Co-chaired by Keshab Man Shakya, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Nepal, and Pema Gyamtsho, Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan, this side event highlighted local, national and regional knowledge-based solutions that are inclusive and supportive to the water, food and energy nexus and have promoted green growth strategies and reduced poverty. Organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Government of Nepal, Mountain Partnership, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), EVK2CNR, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA).

21 Jun 12

Presentation

Confronting scarcity: Managing water, energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth

Presentation on the ERD 2011/12 by Dirk Willem te Velde and Imme Scholz, given at the UNCSD (Rio+20) on 19 June 2012

18 Jun 12

Messages for Rio

CGIAR Call to Action

CGIAR calls for a focus on the entire agricultural landscape as an integrated system, which recognizes that isolated solutions will not reduce risks or achieve required progress in the same way as integrated approaches will. CGIAR calls for a focus on harmonizing food security and environmental sustainability through agricultural research and development. This will require us to minimize the harmful effects of agriculture on the environment through more efficient management of water, soils and agricultural inputs. CGIAR calls for the sustainable management of complex agricultural systems while maximizing agricultural productivity and improving the livelihoods and food/nutrition security of the poor.

12 Jun 12

Publication

Sustainable water management through green economy?

Twenty years after the international community meeting in Rio de Janeiro agreed on the triad of ecological, economic and social sustainability, the subject of the green economy is gaining ground in debates on the environment and development. Many international organisations have developed their own definitions and programmes designed to boost economic growth, create jobs and protect natural resources all at the same time. In view of the ecological, social and economic problems caused by the overuse of natural resources and the continued increase in greenhouse gas emissions, the question of a sustainable economic order is more urgent than ever. Even the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or the Rio+20 Summit for short, is dominated by the green economy debate, which is almost threatening to supplant the established concept of sustainability. Although it is emphasised that sustainable development remains the contracting parties’ principal objective and that the achievement of the green economy is only a means to that end, most of the proposed measures and the debates have so far focused on strengthening environmentally compatible growth, with little attention paid to possible unintended effects on society and ecosystems. For human development and ecosystems, however, the water sector plays a key role in the implementation of many green economy projects. This paper therefore analyses the extent to which the green economy may help the water sector to achieve sustainable development and to meet the major challenges. It reaches the conclusion that, while the attention paid to the water sector that accompanies the debate on the green economy is good, the concept has serious weaknesses.

11 Jun 12

Policy Recommendation

Briefing Note “Water for Energy” by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

This paper aims at identifying and recommending best practices and policies from global business to address the water-energy nexus, while outlining potential drivers of innovation.

11 Jun 12

Report

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.

08 Jun 12

Publication

Nuclear Technology for a Sustainable Future – Water, Energy, Food, Ocean, Health

Nuclear technologies are used daily to find and protect sustainable sources of fresh water, produce energy and food, while providing researchers the tools to study the ocean’s past and predict its future. The IAEA helps its 154 member countries safely employ these technologies to ensure peace, health and prosperity throughout the world.

04 Jun 12

Concept Paper

The Water Security Nexus – Challenges and Opportunities for Development Cooperation

Is water the “gold of the 21st century,” potentially triggering “water wars” between countries sharing the precious resource? Such scenarios proliferated in the 1990s, but today a different paradigm is taking root. Politicians are beginning to emphasise the peace dividend of water cooperation; and development agencies are now supporting transboundary water cooperation projects around the world. And even at the highest level of political discourse, water cooperation has been identified as an entry point for broader peacebuilding.

04 Jun 12

Publication

Working Towards Sustainable Development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy

A green economy is necessary if sustainable development is to be realized. However, as this report emphasizes, a green economy can also, if accompanied by the right policy mix, create more and better jobs, lift people out of poverty and promote social inclusion. In fact, the growth model of the past few decades has been inefficient, not only economically, but also from environmental, employment and social perspectives. A new development model – one which puts people, fairness and the planet at the core of policy-making – is urgently needed, and is eminently achievable. More fundamentally, this report demonstrates that employment and social inclusion must be integral parts of any sustainable development strategy and must be included in policies that address climate change and ensure the preservation of the environment. In particular, the report assesses the sectoral, employment and income implications of the transition to a green economy. It highlights the necessary conditions, policy prescriptions and good practices required to ensure that the green economy is characterized by gains in job quality, reductions in poverty and improvements in social inclusion.

30 May 12

Presentation

Power and the Water, Food, Energy Nexus

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

29 May 12

Statement

Water in a Green Economy

This statement reflects a collective opinion of the UN-Water Members and comprises recommendations to the participants of the UNCSD 2012 as well as a list of potential actions in support of green economic approaches.

24 May 12

Publication

The Global Resource Nexus: The Struggles for Land, Energy, Food, Water, and Minerals

Unless the transatlantic community takes the lead in addressing the challenges arising from the unprecedented global demand for land, energy, food, water, and minerals, severe market disruptions are likely to occur, as are increased chances of violent conflict at interstate and local levels in many “hot spots,” especially in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

16 May 12

European Development Report 2011-2012

“How to get the future we want”

Interview with Dirk Willem te Velde, team leader for drafting of the ERD 2011/12

08 May 12

Issue Brief

The end to cheap oil: a threat to food security and an incentive to reduce fossil fuels in agriculture

Global Environment Alert Service (GEAS) of UNEP produces bulletin on peak oil and food security: While we already face a situation of food insecurity caused by climate change, exploding populations and an economic downturn, “peak oil” will make it harder to maintain food security, and in the longer-term, could further accelerate global warming. UNEP’s latest GEAS bulletin urges a reduction in fossil-fuel use in agriculture to avoid food shortages and higher food prices in the future. Innovative farming techniques that are less reliant on oil can help ensure a more sustainable food production system while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts of fossil fuels.

02 May 12

Presentation

Food Security: Priorities for Small States and LDCs

by Dirk Willem te Velde (ODI), held on 19 April 2012, Washington Commonwealth-Francophonie-G20 - Development Working Group Outreach Meeting

26 Apr 12

Draft Agenda

International Water Stewardship Standard

The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (the Standard) is designed to be an international, ISEAL-compliant, standard that defines a set of water stewardship principles, criteria, and indicators for how water should be stewarded at a site and watershed level in a way that is environmentally, socially, and economically beneficial. The Standard is intended to provide water stewards with an approach for evaluating the existing processes and performances within their sites and watersheds, and ensuring that responsible water stewardship actions are in place to minimize negative impacts and maximize positive impacts. The first public consultation will be open to stakeholders until June 15th, 2012.

26 Apr 12

Draft Agenda

IISD – GWSP Conference on the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus

1-4 May 2012 Inn at the Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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

13 Apr 12

Research

Considering the Energy, Water and Food Nexus: Towards an Integrated Modelling Approach

The areas of energy, water and food policy have numerous interwoven concerns ranging from ensuring access to services, to environmental impacts to price volatility. These issues manifest in very different ways in each of the three “spheres”, but often the impacts are closely related. Identifying these interrelationships a priori is of great importance to help target synergies and avoid potential tensions. Systems thinking is required to address such a wide swath of possible topics. This paper briefly describes some of the linkages at a high-level of aggregation – primarily from a developing country perspective – and via case studies, to arrive at some promising directions for addressing the nexus.

11 Apr 12

Presentation

Food, Bev & Ag: Energy – Water — Food

by GE: Megatrends, shocks and constraints with regard to the Energy-Water Nexus and the Energy-Food Nexus

15 Mar 12

Publication

21 Issues for the 21st Century – Results of the UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Environmental Issues

The purpose of the UNEP Foresight Process is to produce, every two years, a careful and authoritative ranking of the most important emerging issues related to the global environment. UNEP aims to inform the UN and wider international community about these issues on a timely basis, as well as provide input to its own work programme and that of other UN agencies, thereby fulfilling the stipulation of its mandate: “keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action”.

08 Mar 12

Policy Papers

Rio+20: Water Security for Growth and Sustainability

Water security for a green economy – Institutional effectiveness – Integrated approaches – Leadership – Future strategy

03 Mar 12

Publication

Rivers at Risk

World’s top 10 rivers at risk – by

03 Mar 12

Initiative

Dams Initiative

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

03 Mar 12

Organisation

WWF

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.

02 Mar 12

Organisation

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 member governments — in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector — to address global environmental issues.

NEXUS News

16 May 14

Research Funding

“Integrated approaches to food security, low-carbon energy, sustainable water management and climate change mitigation” is one of the topics of Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly 80 billion Euros of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) - in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. Submission of proposals is open until 10 Mar 2015.

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.

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 Feb 14

Felix Dodds

“We will not solve the food security challenge unless we solve the water and energy challenges,” says Felix Dodds. “This may be the puzzle to end all puzzles. But there’s a plan. - by Jon Turney

28 Nov 13

Water Management Roundtable

Closer regional cooperation of water, energy and environmental sectors on the sustainable use of waters; involvement of private sector in water infrastructure development; and introduction of a regional legal and coordination instrument to ensure achievement of these goals, are key issues South East Europe (SEE) needs to address in water resources management and hydropower production until 2020.

19 May 12

European Report on Development 2011-2012

Launched in Brussels on 16 May 2012, the 2012 European Report on Development (ERD) highlights predicted increases in the scarcity of natural resources – with demand for water and energy expected to rise by 40% and demand for food by 50% before we reach 2030.

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

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

Upcoming NEXUS Events

28 Nov 14

The Nexus Network

The first thematic workshop of the The Nexus Network, led by the University of East Anglia, will take place in London, immediately after the Network’s annual conference.

Recent NEXUS Events

06–09 Aug 14

Camp

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.

05 May 14

Roundtable

The Atlantic Council and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center are hosting a series of roundtables regarding the Energy, Water, and Agriculture Nexus: Risks and Opportunities for the Private Sector.

19–20 May 14

Conference

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

11–12 Feb 14

Symposium

Several inter-disziplinary approaches on how to secure water security in future times will be discussed on this conference. One of the panels focusses on the nexus approach.

04–06 Dec 13

Event

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.

24 Oct 13

Weston Roundtable Series

This presentation will include case studies dealing with soil, air, and water contamination and carbon cycling/sequestration to show how the application of a multi-scale, interdisciplinary approach can provide important insights into environmental degradation and restoration.

29 Oct 13

Lecture and Discussion

Lecture on water-energy-food Confrontations in China and India by Jennifer Turner, Director, China Environment Forum of the Woodrow Wilson Center

17 Oct 13

Lecture

Public Lecture by Dr. David Feldman at the University of Kentucky

15–16 Oct 13

Panel at the IWA Development Congress

Climate Services in support of water management decision making.

21–24 Sep 13

Conference

The International Conference on Water, Energy and Environment (ICWEE) is organized by the Izmir Katip Celebi University (IKCU), American University of Sharjah (AUS) and United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). The conference will be held on September 21-24, 2013 in Kusadası, Turkey.

22–27 Sep 13

Conference

The 8th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems – SDEWES will focus on furthering the sustainable systems knowledge base in all aspects of society from energy, to water, natural resources and food production systems. Sponsored by UNESCO.

22 Feb 13

World We Want 2015

On 22 February 2013, the Energy Nexus Consultation, a special segment of the global energy consultation of the World We Want online consultations, will be closed and wrapped up.

18 Jun 12

Side Event at Rio+20

This side event aims to contribute to the “The Future We Want” outcome document by highlighting the need to better manage mountain natural resources as global public goods supplying water for life, food for health, and clean energy for livelihoods.

11–13 Jun 12

Side Event at Rio+20

Second Trade Union Assembly on Labour and Environment, Rio de Janeiro

14 May–18 Jun 12

Conference

The Africa Water Week (aww) is organized by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and represents a political commitment at the highest level with over 1000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society, and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa, meeting to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation challenges.

04–05 Apr 12

Conference

The evidence for climate change is now considered to be unequivocal and it can cause huge impact on global water resources. Substantial adaptation is needed to ensure management of water resources for food, energy and environment.

05 Jun 12

The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is Green Economy: Does it include you? Evidently, there are two parts to this theme and the first tackles the subject of the Green Economy. This is where some people shut off their minds because they find the concept of the Green Economy a little too complex to understand. On the contrary, the Green Economy is really something that is applicable all around you and it is easy to imagine how one can fit in it.

22–25 May 12

Conference

The 12th edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy.

09–15 Sep 12

Conference

Held every four years, the Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.

18–23 Jun 12

Rio de Janeiro

NEXUS in the Media

06 Nov 14

Article

Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Arab Countries

Addressing water scarcity, both natural and human-induced, in the Arab region is considered one of the major and most critical challenges facing the Arab countries.

22 Oct 14

Article

PFS confirms viability of Monont’sa pumped storage power plant

A 12-month prefeasibility study (PFS) by consulting firm GIBB to investigate the viability of the Monont’sa pumped-storage power plant, in Lesotho, has concluded that the scheme will provide significant power to South Africa’s rapidly developing neighbour when required to do so.

11 Sep 14

Article

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

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.

27 Jun 14

Prince Charles urges businesses to focus on risks

An increased focus on risk resilience and disclosure by companies of the disaster risks they face would create an environment where the private sector and governments can more effectively respond to climate change, Britain’s Prince of Wales said yesterday. Prince Charles was speaking on Wednesday in London at the International Insurance Society’s 50th Annual Seminar, an event that is being held in conjunction with the United Nations Financial and Private Sector Disaster Resilience Global Summit. Advances in climate science and big data make it easier for organisations to assess their risks. “A comprehensive understanding of risk, including the risks of climate change, the food-water-energy nexus and resource scarcity is now increasingly straightforward,” Prince Charles said.

02 May 14

Articles

Water and energy

Here are assembled some of the research and transformative reviews related to water and energy – focussing on the relevance of water in dealing with the challenge of energy production and sustainability from across journals published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. All these articles are available for free until 11 May 2014.

21 Mar 14

Focus Article

The Food-Water-Energy Nexus: Smarter Environmental Policies

Africa is particularly key to the wa-ter-energy-food security nexus. In this focus article, Jean AbiNader explains why he thinks so

07 Mar 14

Opinion

Resolving Water, Food, Energy Nexus for up to 10 Billion People to Define 21st Century

Wim Thomas of Shell points out that if energy crisis was the defining feature of the 1970ies, then the water-energy-food stress nexus is the defining feature of our time and the decades to come. His company Shell tries to facilitate data collection and evaluation among others to help facing the water-energy-food security challenge in times of global polulation growth and climate change

25 Feb 14

Infographic

The Stress Nexus

This infographic visualizes the connection between energy, water, and food, known as the nexus

25 Feb 14

Podcast

Nat Geo’s Dennis Dimick on the Food-Water-Energy Nexus, Coal, and the Year Ahead

Dennis Dimick of National Geographic explains in this podcast the connection between political unrests, food price, and energy investments. All of these are connected by the nexus of water-energy-food-security-climate-change

22 Feb 14

Forum news

Powering Progress Together: A global forum

In this report the key positions of the global shell Forum in Manila, The Philippines, are summarized. Additionally, footage from the different panels is to be found

16 Feb 14

Blog

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.

11 Feb 14

Forum

Oman’s reed beds create wetlands to support ecology

The article reports main points discussed on the Shell Powering Progress Together Forum in Manila, The Philippines. Shell executives pointed out, that the expected increase of energy demand of about 60 percent in Asia alone will put a tremendous stress on natural resources and only a cross-sector, public-private, transnational partnership will be able to cope with these challenges

07 Feb 14

Lack of Clean Water, Food and Energy is Affecting the Growth of Developing Countries

Global think tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) launched the 14th edition of its annual flagship event, The ‘Delhi Sustainable Development Summit’ (DSDS) in New Delhi today. The course of three days will witness an array of speakers voicing their opinion on the theme of the conference: “Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security For All”. Sustainable growth and development was stressed by various speakers, especially in the context of developing countries facing a crisis in midst of climate change and scarcity of natural resources.

29 Jan 14

Press Release

Dry Fields, Dirty Water: Fresh Water in American Farm Regions is in Precarious Condition

Water scarcity and pollution endager not only ecosystems, but particularly the food basket regions of the USA and many other countries all over the world.

20 Jan 14

Giant Gleaming Eggs Will Help Solve Urban Water, Energy And Waste Problems

Not too long ago, cities could be labeled strictly as takers: taking in food, water, energy and other resources, while dumping out mountains of garbage and oceans of polluted wastewater. But take a look at the gigantic egg-shaped structures that dominate New York City’s Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant, and you’re looking at the key to a sustainable future.

16 Jan 14

Article

Nature requires collective answers

With environemtal issues interconnected policy makers, scholars, grassroot organizations meet to discuss problems and possible solutions on th 14th Dehlis Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS). This reports points out who will be attending and which nexus problems are going to be discussed

13 Jan 14

Report

Nepal on the brink of water insecurity

An analysis by UK scientists reveals that Nepal is - despite its abundant water resources - on the brink of water insecurity, caused by poor water management. Here is the report’s summary

09 Jan 14

Article

Sahara Forest Project to Revegetate Parts of the World’s Largest Desert

This article focuses on the investment aspects of the “Sahara Forest Project”. This project tries to solve a number of of topics around the water-energy-food nexus

13 Dec 13

Video-Interview with Andy Wales: How can collaboration help solving the complexity of the future nexus challenges?

SABMiller’s head of sustainable development on the changing landscape of sustainability. The biggest victory over the last 20 years has been collaboration and partnerships between businesses and campaigning organisations. Big companies understand the agenda but the next step is to involve global small to medium-sized companies (SMEs), where the majority of economic activities and use of resources happen.

13 Dec 13

Article

The Water-Energy Nexus

This article by the river network explains precisely the water-energy-climate nexus, and also gives its dimension: It quotes a report by the U.S. Departement of Energy saying in 2006 as much water was used for power generation as for irrigated agriculture - 39 persent of the U.S. consumption

13 Oct 13

News

Advancing Water Treatment Technologies to Impact the Water-Energy Nexus

Clean water and on-demand energy are intimately intertwined. This talk covers technical challenges and solutions for water treatment across broad component technologies (reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, ion exchange, and macrofiltration).

19 Sep 13

Never-Released Energy Department Report Predicts Increasing Domestic Conflicts over Water, Energy

his year, as the drilling industry drew millions of gallons of water per well in Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, residents in these states struggled with severe droughts and some farmers opted to sell their water to the oil and gas industry rather than try to compete with them for limited resources. Even the Atlantic coast’s mighty Susquehanna River faced record lows last year, leading regulators to suspend dozens of withdrawal permits – the majority of which were for fracking Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale. Researchers for the Federal Department of Energy saw problems like this coming, according to thousands of pages of documents about the topic provided to DeSmog, but their recommendations and warnings were consistently edited and downplayed and the final version of their report has yet to be released.

23 Apr 13

India’s resource nexus: priorities for action

Resource security matters for India. It has to simultaneously secure energy, water and other minerals to support economic growth; meet basic needs for food, fuel and water for a growing population; and manage the environmental constraints and consequences of increased resource use.

18 Jan 13

Balancing the Water-Energy Nexus

What cost are you willing to pay for energy independence? Is it enough to invest in pricier light bulbs to increase your energy efficiency and reduce your energy bill? What about our natural resources? Does it make sense to sacrifice our water quality to achieve a lower price at the pump?

23 Oct 12

How Important Is the Nexus between Water and the Economy? The Case of Ecosystem Services

There’s an old Western phrase, “Whiskey’s for drinking; water’s for war.” The quip captures the significance of water - water is essential to life. It is also fundamental to economic well-being - with a nexus to food, energy, industrial production, and a host of goods and services.

17 Sep 12

India’s blackout exposes choice between water and electricity

In India, like in the United States, the power sector is the single largest user of water – more than agriculture. Presuming that India could solve its power problems and build more coal, they would run out of fresh water even faster.

14 Sep 12

Why PepsiCo is a Global Leader in Water Stewardship and Sustainable Agriculture

In a wide-ranging interview with Sanjeev Chadha, President, PepsiCo Middle East & Africa, we discussed the evolving relationship between business and society, water management and sustainability at PepsiCo, shortages and scarcity particularly in the Middle East and Africa, the interconnectivity of water with a number of other critical issues, and key leadership lessons learned from a business perspective in tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.

05 Sep 12

Johan Kuylenstierna on “making the connections”

As World Water Week 2012 begins, we talk with SEI’s executive director about the key themes and how SEI is addressing them. Johan L. Kuylenstierna is moderating and participating in several events at World Water Week. In this interview, he draws on SEI’s work and on his own insights and experience to identify key challenges of the “nexus” - and how SEI can help policy-makers tackle them.

20 Aug 12

China’s coal expansion may spark water crisis, warns Greenpeace

China’s plan to rapidly expand large coal mines and power plants in its arid northern and western provinces threatens to drain precious water supply and could trigger a severe water crisis, a report by environmental activists Greenpeace said on Tuesday. China intends to boost coal production in provinces including Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi and Ningxia, with output in those areas expected to reach 2.2bn tonnes, or 56% of the country’s forecast production of 3.9bn tonnes, by 2015.

13 Aug 12

To solve climate change, let’s move beyond climate change

Water, energy, food - these three issues are the essential holy trinity of environmental sustainability. They are maddeningly intertwined and their effect reaches everyone – private, public, and social sectors alike. Because everyone is affected by each of these issues, and because they are so intertwined, everyone needs to be at the table. No one entity, no matter how large, can save us from ourselves.

27 Jun 12

SEI Calls for Integrating the Water-Land-Energy Nexus in the SDGs

Researchers from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have published an article, titled “Managing the Water-Land-Energy Nexus for Sustainable Development,” arguing that systemic thinking and integrated solutions are needed to successfully develop and implement sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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.

13 Jun 12

The Alarm Is Ringing, Time to Wake Up to Water

No resource is more fundamental than water to the health and security of people and the environment. Yet the alarm bells are ringing as this finite, yet essential, natural resource comes under increasing pressure from growing demand, poor management and climate change creating a growing global water challenge. With Rio+20 on the immediate horizon, and a focus on water, energy and food, water will be an issue that world and business leaders are likely to find absorbed into their agendas - and rightly so. Water scarcity and stress is not only an issue of protecting ecosystem and biodiversity, but is also presents a real and present risk to local communities, business and world economies.

04 Jun 12

Tödlicher Fortschritt am Turkana-See

Hunderttausenden Menschen droht eine ökologische Katastrophe: Ein gigantischer äthiopischer Staudamm könnte dazu führen, dass der Turkana-See in Kenia noch weiter austrocknet. Die Region gilt jetzt schon als eine der gewalttätigsten Afrikas - die Konflikte würden sich weiter verschärfen.

01 Jun 12

Video Interview

Energy efficiency and water sectors outperform global equity markets

The Association of the Luxembourg Funds Industry talks to David Harris, Director for Responsible Investment at the FTSE Group, London about Environmental Investing.

23 May 12

First India Water Week Focuses on Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Under the theme, “Water, Energy and Food Security: Call for Solutions”, more than 1,000 water professionals from India and abroad participated in the first India Water Week in April, in New Delhi. In an indication of the role of water as of critical importance to economic prosperity, the week was inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

22 May 12

Bring the Water-Energy Nexus to Rio+20

Global demand for energy will increase 30 percent by 2030, according to estimates, but in regions that are experiencing rapid economic growth, the increased demand for energy will lead to increased demand for water. The conflicting nature of achieving both water and energy security is exacerbated by a lack of institutional policy frameworks that integrate both concepts. However, the upcoming UN Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference could provide an opportunity to change that.

21 May 12

Is environmentally sustainable water, energy and land for all possible?

Lowering consumption in the developed world, renewables, ending land grabs, a price for natural resources, private sector investment – what’s the answer?

24 Apr 12

Conference highlights vitality of alternate energy resources

The alternate energy sources in Pakistan need to be utilized in order to meet the demand of the country. Pakistan is amongst the countries that divert the maximum amount of water for irrigation but has the minimum water productivity and researchers need to make their contribution in optimal use of water resources.

11 Apr 12

The Other Arab Spring

Tensions over land, water and food: The Arab awakening was driven not only by political and economic stresses, but, less visibly, by environmental, population and climate stresses

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.

23 Oct 11

Changing Direction towards a New Energy Future

As the world transitions to a more sustainable energy future, the right decisions need to be made now to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible. In this speech, Shell Chairman Jorma Ollila discusses the important role that natural gas can play as an affordable, flexible energy source. He calls on policymakers to take a market approach to regulating CO2 to ensure all mitigation measures will be used, starting with those that are lowest cost and fastest to implement. He also talks about research Shell is conducting to understand the complex interrelationship between energy, water and food, and how we can be more efficient in managing them. - Speech given by Jorma Ollila, Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc, at the International Energy Agency Governing Board at Ministerial Level, October 18, 2011

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