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NEXUS in Practice

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

by Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and the Government of Mali

Innovative Water Management

by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

NEXUS Resources

27 May 14


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.

24 Apr 14


Study on the impacts of mainstream hydropower on the Mekong river

Presentation by Nguyen Thi Thu Linh, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam (MONRE), held on April 3rd, 2014, at the conference “Cooperation for Water, Energy, and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate” in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

03 Dec 13

Nexus Policy Forum 2013

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

Two years after the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference, the six opportunity areas identified on this event are still guidin nexus-related activities and initiatives. This paper presents some food for thought on challenges and opportunities concerning the topics that were discussed at the Policy Forum Berlin 2013 in November 2013.

04 Sep 12


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

by Stuart Orr, WWF International

03 Sep 12


Water-energy-food security nexus in the Guadiana river basin

by Ramón Llamas and Maite Aldaya, Consultants, UNEP, Water Observatory - Botin Foundation

07 Jun 12

Lessons Learnt

Sharing the water, sharing the benefits: Lessons from six large dams in West Africa

West African countries are planning to construct new large dams in order to meet their energy and water needs and to promote food security against an uncertain backdrop of climate change. If these new dams are to offer development opportunities for all and avoid social conflict over land and water management then lessons need to be learned from past projects.

04 May 12


Mekong2Rio Message

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

28 Mar 12


Putting Nature in the Nexus: Investing in Natural Infrastructure to Advance Water-Energy-Food Security

Nature is the unseen dimension of the nexus. With its functions integral to the three securities and their inter-dependence, nature is part of the infrastructure needed to manage the nexus and its resilience. Nature helps mediate the nexus links, by storing, moving, cleaning and buffering flows of water, making drought and flood less severe, and food and energy production more reliable. Without healthy ecosystems in well-functioning watersheds, the infrastructure built for irrigation, hydropower or municipal water supply does not function sustainably, and is unlikely to achieve the economic returns necessary to justify investments.

23 Mar 12


Dams and Development – A New Framework for Decision-making – 2000 WDC Report

“At the heart of the dams debate are issues of equity, governance, justice and power – issues that underlie the many intractable problems faced by humanity.”

19 Mar 12

Case Studies

Water, Food & Energy Nexus

A collection of case studies on the NEXUS presented by CGIAR’s Challenge Programm, the EDF Groupe and the World Water Council on the WWF6


12 Dec 13

Scaling Up Nexus Collaboration

NGOs, businesses and governments are collaborating to tackle the water, food, energy nexus, but efforts must be scaled up - by Gabrielle Walker, chief scientist at Xyntéo

10 Oct 13

Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

Nexus Lessons and Solutions from Bogotà

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

31 May 12

NEXUS Interview

The SEI’s work on the water, energy and food security nexus – an interview with Holger Hoff

Recent NEXUS Events

02–06 Dec 13


The Workshop focusses on water-food-security nexus in Vietnam and Cambodia, brining together scientists, policy makers and practitioners

28 Aug 12

Workshop at the World Water Week Stockholm

This Workshop will address a series of innovative frameworks that help analyse technical solutions as well as trade-offs in the water-food-energy nexus for better informed decision-making.

22–25 May 12


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

NEXUS in the Media

08 Sep 14


World Water Week Offers Answers To Scarcity, Pollution, Security

Stockholm hosts largest-ever international conference on global contest for water and energy

24 Mar 14


World Water Day 2014 - AfDB’s Support to Avoid Waste and Allow for the Reuse of Water

Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, needs more energy for social and economic development. African Development Bank funds dams as well as studies on the dam’s impacts. They aim for a high rate of water reuse in the region

07 Jan 14


Amazon forest loss risks water security across South America

A new report, Amazonia Security Agenda by Global Canopy Programme and the Internatinal Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), which is summarized here, points out that continued deforestation of the Amazoinian region will cause the unthinkable: Droughts in the Amazonian region, among many other problems

12 Dec 13

Organisations find new ways to address water, energy and food pressures

“NGOs, businesses and governments are collaborating to tackle the water, food, energy nexus, but efforts must be scaled up”, says Gabrielle Walker, chief scientist at Xyntéo, which works with global companies to identify and carry out projects that aim to enable businesses to grow in a new way, fit for the resource, climate and demographic realities of the 21st century.

30 Oct 13

Water, energy and food nexus in the Arab world

Policymakers must take into consideration these links to improve sustainability, efficiency and equitability.

22 Feb 13

Understanding the relationship between water, energy and food security

Recognition and understanding of the closely-bound interaction between water, energy and food production and use – the ‘nexus’ – is established in these sectors, but perhaps for many, ‘this nexus’ is still not entirely understood - by Rebecca Welling, IUCN

19 Oct 12

“Drain it, lose it,” says new wetlands economics report

A major report that will help countries understand the economic value of inland wetlands, which cover a vast area of the earth’s land surface and provide key ecosystem services, was released at the conference of the Convention on Biological Diversity here on Tuesday. The message ofthe report is simply, “drain it, lose it.” Inland wetlands cover at least 9.5 million sq km of the earth’s surface, and together with coastal wetlands, 12.8 million sq km. Restoration of this particular type of ecosystem is the most expensive. These water bodies provide clean water for drinking and agriculture, cooling water for the energy sector; they also regulate floods. Agriculture, fisheries and tourism sectors depend heavily on the health of wetlands.

06 Sep 12

Beyond buzzwords: Turning nexus thinking into nexus action

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

31 Aug 12

Is nexus thinking finally taking off?

The increasingly joined up thinking towards tackling water, energy and food challenges is apparent but more is needed to build advocacy among civil society, writes Rebecca Tharme

27 Jun 12

Sustainable agriculture needs integrated solutions

In its RIO+20 Call-to-action, CGIAR called for “adopting cross-sectoral approaches which facilitate broader partnerships, coordinated regulatory frameworks and appropriate economic incentives. We need the vision and courage to transcend conventional sectoral approaches and apply integrated thinking to the management of agriculture, aquaculture, livestock, forests and water.” AlertNET wanted to find out more, and talked to Stephen Hall (Director General, WorldFish Center), Papa Seck (Director General, Africa Rice Center), Tony Simons (Director General, World Agroforestry Centre), Alain Vidal (Director, Challenge Program on Water and Food – CPWF), Amy Duchelle (Research Fellow, Center for International Forestry Research - CIFOR) and from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture - IITA), we have Peter Neuenschwander (Scientist Emeritus) and Piet van Asten (Systems Agronomist).

15 Jun 12

Findings and Solutions in the Living Planet Report

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

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.

04 Jun 12

Switching to a Green Economy Could Mean Millions of Jobs

Tens of millions of new jobs can be created around the world in the next two decades if green policies are put in place to switch the high-carbon economy to low-carbon, the UN has said.

31 May 12

UN Guidelines Address “Land-Grabs”

The United Nations has issued the first-ever set of guidelines that addresses the displacement of people or their livelihoods in deals made by their governments to lease or sell large areas of land. The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, issued this month by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is a first step toward defining and improving recognition of land, water, forest and fishery rights of people, many of them indigenous and poor, affected by land deals.

07 May 12

Opening the floodgates – A giant dam is about to be built. Protests are about to erupt

In December the Mekong River Commission (MRC), an intergovernmental body made up of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, called again for approval of a potentially devastating dam at Xayaburi in northern Laos to be withheld until more is known about its effect on the lower Mekong. But now CH. Karnchang, a Thai construction giant contracted to build a $3.8 billion dam at Xayaburi has told the Bangkok Stock Exchange that dam construction officially began on March 15th, and that 5,000 workers have just been hired.

05 Mar 12

A damming assessment of Mekong development

Dams on tributaries worse for fish than those on the main river


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