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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.

NEXUS Resources

26 Apr 16


Thematic Briefing for Permanent Missions SE4All Water‐Energy Nexus Agenda

Vienna, Monday 16 March, 2015

17 Mar 16

Special Issue

Water International: Sustainability in the water-energy-food nexus

Publishing models and article dates explained

14 Mar 16


Mitigating risks and vulnerabilities in the energy-food-water nexus in developing countries: Full Report

Sustainability Institute Projects recently completed a year-long research project entitled “Mitigating risks and vulnerabilities in the energy-food-water nexus in developing countries”, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.

25 Feb 16


Governance of transitions towards sustainable development - the water-energy-food nexus in Cyprus

This paper presents a methodological framework to analyse sustainability innovations in the water-energy-food nexus

14 Dec 15

Panel Discussion

The Nexus in Asia: Local Praxis on Food, Water and Energy (September 2014)

Panel debate on the relevance of the food-water-energy nexus concept to Asia at the “Mekong Region and ASEAN in Transition: People and Transborder Issues” conference, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand, September 2014, published in November 2015.

10 Dec 15

Panel Discussion

The Nexus in Asia: Regional Policy on Food, Water and Energy (September 2014)

Panel debate on the relevance of the food-water-energy nexus concept to Asia

02 Dec 15


Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus

This publication contains the results of nexus assessments that have been carried out in the framework of the UNECE Water Convention’s programme of work for 2013–2015 in specific basin contexts.

29 Oct 15


Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS)

Baseline Report and Assessment

18 Sep 15


Policies and institutions for achieving the virtuous food-energy-water nexus in sub-Saharan Africa

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

17 Sep 15


Governing the water-energy nexus: new integrated management practices

distributed at the event of the same name at the 2015 World Water Week on 24 Aug. 2015

28 Aug 15


Ethiopian Highlands threatened by land degradation

German Development Cooperation supports multi-level integrated management solutions

22 Jun 15


State, Challenges and Issues of Water and Energy Nexus in Transboundary Basins of SEE

Prepared by Amar Sodilo as background document for the International Roundtable on Water and Energy Nexus in transboundary basins in Southeastern Europe on 6 - 8 November 2013 Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

15 May 15


Water for food security and nutrition

by The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition published in May 2015

08 Feb 15


Power-Sharing in the English Lowlands? The Political Economy of Farmer Participation and Cooperation in Water Governance

We analyse the current power dynamic that exists among farmers and between them and the key stakeholders involved in water management.

08 Feb 15


Understanding the political in groundwater management: Comparing Yemen and Ethiopia

This paper explores the role of politics in water management, in particular, comparing groundwater management in Yemen and Ethiopia.

19 Dec 14

Water Papers

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol for Use by World Bank Clients

The World Bank supports the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, a position that is articulated in the Energy Strategy.

18 Dec 14


Governance of the nexus - From buzz words to a strategic action perspective

In this think piece, the authors develop the foundations for a strategic action perspective on the governance of the nexus.

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.

05 Oct 14


Outline for assessing the governance system of the water-food-energyecosystems nexus in transboundary basins

by Christian Brethaut, University Geneva, at UNECE Task Force on the Water-­Food­‐Energy­‐Ecosystem Nexus, on 8 September 2014

15 Sep 14

Abstract Volume

Energy and Water

This volume contains material from the World Water Week in Stockholm August 31-September 5, 2014, focussing on energy and water

28 Aug 14


2014 World Water Week Programme

World Water Week is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991.

27 Jun 14


Nexus Water Energy Food Security in Arab Countries: A policy perspective and the way forward

By Hammou Laamrani, GIZ, held at the International Conference on Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Drylands: Bridging Science and Policy in Rabat, Morocco on 13 June 2014

26 Jun 14


Nexus meets crisis: Some considerations on water, food and energy in Darfur

By Brendan Bromwich, King’s College London and SOAS London, held at the International Conference on Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Drylands: Bridging Science and Policy in Rabat, Morocco on 13 June 2014

14 Jun 14


Water and land tenure security in the Nexus

By Jan Cherlet, International Land Coalition, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

10 Jun 14

Working Paper

Nexus Nirvana or Nexus Nullity? A dynamic approach to security and sustainability in the water-energy-food nexus

Over the last several years, the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus has emerged as an increasingly prominent global policy, governance and research agenda. Water, energy, and food security are often framed to be within a contested trade-off relationship between actors, and this framing has been reinforced by a “scarcity crisis” narrative put forward by a number of influential global policy actors promoting the WEF nexus. In this working paper, we argue that the governance of water, energy and food security - historically concerned with safety and certainty from contingency - has privileged control-orientated solutions, in particular the construction of large dams for water storage, in the belief they are more secure and more sustainable. We critically explore the associated risks and uncertainties of this pathway, and highlight that WEF systems are by nature complex and dynamic. Furthermore, recognizing the power inequalities that often close down the consideration of alternative development pathways, we make legible the multiple framings of water, energy and food security between actors and how these are shaping policy objectives and project outcomes. Responding to the emerging WEF nexus discourse, we seek to introduce a more dynamic perspective to water, energy and food security, and argue that a shift in governance is required towards also incorporating solutions where the limits to control are acknowledged. We propose that plural water storage systems that accommodate a variety of large- and small-scale solutions are an appropriate response to such conditions of complexity and uncertainty and if social justice is to be incorporated within the WEF nexus.

05 Jun 14


Implementing the Nexus of Water, Energy & Food at the Trans- boundary Basin Management level in the Himalayan Region of South Asia: Challenges and Solutions

By Arvind Kumar, India Water Foundation, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

28 May 14


The Water, Energy, Food Nexus: Lebanese Policy and Institutional Analysis

By Nadim Farajalla, American University of Beirut , held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

28 May 14


Reviewing for Results : Incentives for cross - sectoral “Nexus” orientation at different levels

By Marianne Beisheim, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - German Institute for International and Security Affairs, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

28 May 14


Sharing Our Earth: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

By Joyeeta Gupta, University of Amsterdam, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

20 May 14

Conference Report

Conference Summary of Bonn’s 2014 Nexus Conference (Day 1)

Over 200 participants of the International Conference on the Sustainability of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, meeting on 19/20 May 2014 in Bonn, could choose from over 15 parallel sessions on the first Day; these covered a broad range of topics from the very notion of the nexus, to on-the-ground issues such as energy and water subsidies in the Middle East, biofuels production in Brazil, and groundwater depletion in India.

14 May 14


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

09 May 14


GWSP assessments of water management and the WEF Nexus

Presentation held by Rick Lawford, International Institute on Sustainable Development (IISD) on 25 March 2014 at the workshop “Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus”, Rome/Italy

07 May 14


W-E-F Nexus - Potential for improved resource use efficiency

Presentation held by Anik Bhaduri, Global Water System Project, held on 25 March 2014 at the workshop “Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus”, Rome/Italy

06 May 14


“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.

09 Apr 14


The Water, Food and Energy Nexus: What does it mean for SA Cities? - A Practitioner’s Perspective

Presentation held by Ashwin Seetal at Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality on 27 March 2014

27 Jan 14


Policy and governance responses to the water-energy nexus challenge

Presentation held by Kathleen Dominique, Environmental Economist, OECD, on Jan 14th, 2014, at United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015

26 Jan 14


Policy and governance responses to the water-energy nexus

Presentation by Kathleen Dominique, OECD, held on Jan 14th, 2014, at the 2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Preparing for World Water Day 2014

06 Dec 13


Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Towards a widening of the water agenda

This report aims to widening the water agenda by an approach that requires a new thinking: intersectoral, international, interregional and between different stakeholders: If we fail to move towards a new water agenda, towards a sustainable use of natural resources such as water and energy, the social and economic consequences will be enormous.

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.

24 Sep 13

Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

Regional Workshop - Africa - Video

Video of the workshop that took place in Nairobi, 28-29 May 2013.

24 Sep 13

Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

Regional Workshop - Africa - Presentation: “Trajectory to Nexus 2050”

Presentation from the regional workshop that took place in Nairobi, 28-29 May 2013.

24 Sep 13

Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

Regional Workshop - Africa - Workshop Report

Report of the Workshop that took place in Nairobi, 28-29 May 2013. The aim of the Nexus Dialogue workshop was to identify the different options available as solutions for optimisation of cross-sectoral water, energy and food issues. Workshop participants were encouraged to identify the barriers to mobilisation of prioritised solutions and how these can be overcome.

16 Sep 13

Book Publication

Thinking about Water Differently: Managing the Water-Food-Energy Nexus

This publication is the result of a scoping study initiated by the Asian Development Bank to better understand the issues associated with the water-food-energy nexus in Asia and the Pacific. It provides high-level guidance on the choices available to address the region’s water security issues. - The water-food-energy nexus is emerging as a critical issue in Asia and the Pacific. It is clear that solutions must be found to assure water security, thereby eliminating the immediate--and increasing--risk to food security, energy security, and economic growth and stability: water must be recognized as an economic as well as a social good. Governments need to be encouraged to think differently about water, take the longer-term view, and be mindful of the strategic and economic value of this limited resource.

16 May 13


The Global Resource Nexus

A report of the Transatlantic Academy about the the Struggles for Land, Energy, Food, Water, and Minerals.

26 Feb 13


From Stream to Steam: Emerging Challenges for BC’s Interlinked Water and Energy Resources

The report was co-published by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. It is the first report in a two-part series addressing the water-energy nexus in British Columbia.

31 Oct 12


A Regional Perspective on Water-Food-Energy

held at the 10th European Conference: The Implementation of the Water Framework Directive Europe‐INBO, by Caner Aktaş, Boğaziçi University

11 Oct 12

Bonn Perspectives

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

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

08 Oct 12

Water Alternatives, Vol. 5/2012

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

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

17 Sep 12


The Nile Basin - The NEXUS in Science and Research

by Holger Hoff (SEI): Overview, Initial Scenarios, Charles Iceland (WRI): Hydropower, Vulnerability to and Impacts on Water Scarcity, Jakob Granit (SEI/SIWI): Water Energy Nexus Opportunities, Guy Pegram (Pegasys): Water Food Nexus Opportunities, Abby Onencan (Nile Basin Discourse): The Role of Science, Nexus, Cooperation

14 Sep 12


Rising prices, rising environmental regions?

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

04 Sep 12


Crossing Water, Food, and Energy Nexus Boundaries in the Middle East

Green Cities, Integrated Resource Planning Approach and Trade-offs to Meet a Green, Sustainable Economy. By Jay Witherspoon, Mark Anderson, Avinash Pathwardhan, and Jared Thorpe, CH2M HILL

03 Sep 12


The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

A global dialogue platform for best practices and optimisation of multi-purpose water infrastructure. By Mark Smith, Director IUCN Global Water Programme Gland, Switzerland

31 Aug 12


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

16 Jul 12

Messages for Rio

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

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

12 Jul 12


Nexus - Linking systems, resources and actors

by Peter Stigson, Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), held on 3 July 2012 at the Chinese Academy of Science, Institute for Policy and Management (CAS/IPM)

09 Jul 12

After Rio

“The Rio+20 Momentum. Implementing by Involving” Summarising statement by the German Council for Sustainable Development

Rio+20 displays a momentum for action. It justifies and requires broad attention. For those who want to use it, the Rio Agreement delivers options and opportunities, for those who do not want to advance the pursuit of sustainability the document does not give a leverage to turn backwards. The positive momentum is clearly insufficient against the benchmark of deliverables that seemed possible, and it is definitely so when judged against what appears to be necessary in order to face global issues. Nevertheless, the momentum is greater than publicly perceived at this moment. Translated into action, it may even turn out as more challenging than major parts of civil society are prepared to cope with.

06 Jul 12

Webinar Recording

The Water-Energy Nexus

This webinar explores the interconnections and interdependencies between water and energy — a topic that is rapidly becoming a priority area of focus in British Columbia and across North America. The guest speakers address the water-energy nexus in British Columbia’s energy sector and explore water conservation and efficiency as a possible path to realizing future energy savings for municipalities in Ontario. Speakers: Ben Parfitt, Resource Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives B.C. Office, Research Associate, POLIS Water Sustainability Project; Carol Maas, Innovation and Technology Director, POLIS Water Sustainability Project; Heather Cooley, Co-Director of Water Program, Pacific Institute

22 Jun 12

Roads from Rio+20

Pathways to achieve global sustainability goals by 2050

This report analyses how combinations of technological measures and changes in consumption patterns could contribute to achieving a set of sustainability objectives, taking into account the interlinkages between them. The potential exists for achieving all of the objectives.

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).

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.

08 Jun 12

Key Messages

Water: The Bloodstream of the Green Economy

Key messages to the 2012 Rio+20 Summit from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

07 Jun 12

Opening Speech

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

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

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.

24 May 12


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.

12 May 12

G-Science Acadmies Statement 2012

Energy and Water Linkage: Challenge to a Sustainable Future

Needs for affordable and clean energy, for water in adequate quantity and quality, and for food security will increasingly be the central challenges for humanity:these needs are strongly linked.

21 Mar 12


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

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

15 Mar 12


Global Risks 2011 – The Water-Food-Energy Nexus

15 Mar 12


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”.

12 Mar 12


Status of the “Blueprint Discussion”

The Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources will present the policy response to the challenges presented in the European Environment Agency’s 2012 State of Water Report. It will be the 2020 water milestone on the Resource Efficiency Roadmap. However, the analysis underpinning the Blueprint will in fact cover a longer time span up to 2030-2050.

27 Feb 12

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

Background Paper “Understanding the Nexus” by SEI

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

16 Nov 11

Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus: Update on the EU Food Security Policy

by Chantal Symoens, EuropeAid

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.

16 Nov 11


EU Policy on Energy & Development: Update and Outlook

by Rainer Hakala, Energy Unit C.5., Directorate General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid, European Commission (EC)

16 Nov 11


Lessons Learnt from Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20

Presentation by Josefina Maestu, UN Water Decade Program on Advocacy and Communication - Presentation at the BONN 2011 NEXUS CONFERENCE


14 Mar 16


Sustainability Institute Projects recently completed a year-long research project entitled “Mitigating risks and vulnerabilities in the energy-food-water nexus in developing countries”, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.

11 Dec 15


This publication contains the results of nexus assessments that have been carried out in the framework of the UNECE Water Convention’s programme of work for 2013–2015 in specific basin contexts.

21 Aug 15


Water for Development

28 Jul 15


Food and water are tied to one another fundamentally. But in addition to their biophysical relationship, human systems intervene, whether through pricing schemes and trade agreements or shifting patterns in consumption and taste.

25 Feb 15


Abstract submission for the conference “Exploring Geographic Connections”, organised by the Australian National University and taking place in Canberra, 1-3 July 2015, is now open. The event, organised by the Institute of Australian Geographers at the Australian National University (ANU), focuses on exploring and strengthening the links between geography and the diverse domains that geographers apply themselves. Two planned sessions deal explicitly with the nexus.

14 Nov 14

Call for Papers

Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), a constituent of Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune, India invites full length papers to be presented at the International Conference on Emerging Challenges in Business for Global Sustainability (SIIBICON 2015) to be organized on 20-21 February, 2015 in Pune, India. Deadline is 25 November 2014.

21 May 14

Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference

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

07 May 14

Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference

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

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).

03 Dec 13


On 12-13 June 2014 King’s College London (KCL), the OCP Policy Center and the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) will organize an international conference on The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus in Global Drylands, which will take place in Rabat, Morocco. Papers from the conference will be considered for a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development, subject to the Journal’s normal refereeing process. Deadline is 7 February 2014.

07 Nov 13

Research Scholarship

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

22 Mar 13

Nexus on IWA Water Wiki

The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus is this month’s hot topic at the IWA Water Wiki in conjunction with the IWA/IUCN Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

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.

31 May 12

NEXUS Interview

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

12 May 12

G-Science Acadmies Statement 2012

Needs for affordable and clean energy, for water in adequate quantity and quality, and for food security will increasingly be the central challenges for humanity:these needs are strongly linked.

16 Jan 12


A new approach – the water, energy and food security nexus

20 Nov 11


A Global Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Security Interlinkages

19 Nov 11


Reflections of the Co-Chairs on the outcomes of the Bonn2011 Nexus-Conference

Recent NEXUS Events

06 Apr 16


This year’s workshop on “Governance transformation and integrated information for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus” will be held in Kyoto, Japan.

06 Oct 15

Global Sustainability Institute Workshop

You are invited to take part in a workshop with practitioners, academics and policy makers to discuss how to better inform decision making in response to nexus shocks.

23–28 Aug 15


Water for Development


Climate change poses fundamental questions about current practices in the use of water and energy resources.

01–03 Jul 15


The conferences, organised by the Institute of Australian Geographers at the Australian National University (ANU), focuses on exploring and strengthening the links between geography and the diverse domains that geographers apply themselves. The conference will draw attention to the existing and potential contributions made by geographers to the policy sphere and wider governance system through interactions with the business sector, the not for profit sector and others, in a wide range of contexts, from urban to rural. Two planned sessions deal explicitly with the nexus.

10–13 Nov 14


The overarching vision of the National Climate Change Dialogue is to further develop South Africa’s lower carbon economy and improve its climate resilience. It also covered the nexus.

20–21 Feb 15


The Conference will aim to deliberate and discuss on business related issues revolving around sustainability, geopolitical impacts around global trade mechanisms, agriculture, land use, water and energy nexus, climate change and its linkages to development. Focus themes would include emerging market mechanisms that provide transformative solutions including potential game changers in business and industry.

04–08 Oct 15


This is a contribution to the global Future Earth programme, a 10-year international research initiative that will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades.

25–27 Mar 15

Conference Series

The conference is a first in a series of biyearly conferences aiming at developing a post-2015 agenda for a nexus approach on water, soil and waste

08–09 Sep 14


Intersectoral approaches as well as transboundary search for solutions on the nexus approach will be discussed on a meeting organized by UNECE in September 2014. This is a follow up meeting to an initial meeting in April 2013

18–20 Jun 14


This event will be the opportunity to make the bridge between the 6th World Water Forum (which took place in Marseilles on March 2012) and the 7th World Water Forum in Republic of Korea in 2015, from solutions to implementation.

02–04 Dec 13

Regional Workshop

The workshop will review the progress made so far in designing Nexus project initiatives in participating countries and share experiences and ideas.

15–16 Oct 13

Panel at the IWA Development Congress

Climate Services in support of water management decision making.

28–29 May 13

Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions held its first workshop in Nairobi, Kenya on May 28th and 29th with participants from across the continent and water, energy and food sectors.

24–26 Sep 13

Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions

The 2nd of the three anchor workshops will be held in Bogotá and will focus on the optimization of water infrastructure to meet growing water, energy and food needs.

10–14 Sep 13


1st Inter-Regional Conference on Land and Water Challenges, Bari, Italy

05–06 Dec 12


The 2-day conference in December 2012 will focus on how energy policy and governance are influenced by or influencing water and food sectors. The first day deals mainly with energy governance issues in Asia Pacific countries, but with papers pointing to the importance of Nexus internationally.

05–07 Nov 12


The objective of this conference is to discuss and identify priority areas following the outcomes of the 6th World Water Forum and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 or UNCSD).

13–14 Nov 12


The Second Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy will continue this constructive dialogue on the relationship between the cost and benefits of water development.

19 Sep 12

Side Event to the UN Human Rights Council

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

21–24 May 13


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

12 Jun 12

Side Event at the ICSU Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation

This session aims to consider how a new paradigm of adaptive management can be developed to address water security issues in a context of growing multiple needs and water scarcity.

14 May–18 Jun 12


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.

13–22 Jun 12

The Global Town Hall is being convened by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

NEXUS in the Media

13 May 16



The water, energy and food systems (the WEF) of the planet are under strain, sometimes described as the “perfect storm”.

30 Mar 16


Supporting Global Food Security in a Changing Climate Through Transatlantic Cooperation

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

07 Mar 16


Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its Implications for Governance, 15 and 16 June 2016, Germany

The “Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its Implications for Governance“ event will address challenges and key research gaps in dealing with the WEF nexus.

29 Jan 16

News Article

World Bank to report back on progress of its Thirsty Energy Initiative at African Utility Week in Cape Town in May

“The water-energy nexus is complex and wide-ranging”

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.

02 Dec 15

Press Release

Water Convention report showcases innovative water- food-energy-ecosystems nexus approach to drive transboundary water cooperation and environmental protection

Reconciling the competing and sometimes incompatible objectives of the water, energy and food sectors and environmental protection is fraught with difficulties even at the national level

04 Aug 15


Ignoring the water problem is no longer an option

The water crisis is about much more than water.

30 Jul 15


How can we prevent the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals from failing?

The UN’s Open Working Group has been crafting a comprehensive package of goals and targets that can drive global efforts towards a sustainable and poverty-free world by 2030.

10 Jun 15


Nexus Nirvana or Nexus Nullity? A dynamic approach to security and sustainability in the water-energy-food nexus

In this STEPS Center working paper, the authors argue that the governance of water, energy and food security has privileged control-orientated solutions

20 Apr 15


7th World Water Forum: Putting the Water-Energy Nexus into Practice with Economic and Policy Incentives

WaterLex sent its Legal Desk Director Jan van de Venis served as co-facilitator and a panellist to the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu, South Korea.

19 Jan 15


Third Edition of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Gets Underway

More than 32,000 people, from 170 countries, expected to attend, including global leaders from academia, industry and government

08 Dec 14

Press Release

UNECE and Global Water Partnership launch nexus assessment to promote a more sustainable use of natural resources in the Syr Darya River Basin

On Thursday, 4 December 2014, a three-day workshop was concluded on managing the water, land, ecosystem and energy resources of the Syr Darya River Basin.

10 Nov 14


Fresh impetus to social science research - EU-India platform launched

Research looking at India’s social transformations, crime and governance issues has just received a fresh boost.

23 Oct 14


We Must Think of Security in New Ways

Security is a multi-faceted domain that operates at the nexus of human development and sustainable management of water, energy and food resources.

10 Oct 14

Call for coverage subjects

What next for water and sustainability? - your ideas for our coverage

As The Guardian expand their water coverage and explore just how business, alongside governments and NGOs, will address water challenges - they’d like you to tell them what you’d like them to cover

07 Oct 14


Water wars: a new reality for business and governments

Violent tensions over water are on the rise, from India to Iraq. The solution lies in good governance and business has a key role to play

24 Jun 14

Blog Oil for Food

The Water Energy Food Nexus in Drylands

By Eckart Woertz. Nowhere else the nexus is as evident as in dry lands and in the MENA region in particular. Energy will be required to pump, treat and desalinate water for domestic and agricultural purposes. Water will be required to produce energy. About 1-2 percent of global energy consumption can be attributed to the production of nitrogen fertilizer alone. Such development challenges call for a nexus approach to broaden the analysis from a mere ‘blue water’ focus to the more efficient use of soil moisture (“green water”) and sustainable policy options.

05 May 14


Summer Fellow, Global Water-Food-Energy Nexus, Washington

This fellowship, which was created and funded by WRI’s founder, Gus Speth, provides funding for a student from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies master’s program to work at WRI for 10-12 weeks each summer.

28 Mar 14


World Water Day: UN highlights water, energy links for sustainable development

In many countries, people have to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, although it is a human right. The lack of water and santitation affects many aspects of life, even education, as this article on several UN reports show

26 Mar 14


World Water Day theme ignores the nuts and bolts of progress

Whether it is China or sub-Saharan Africa: Pragmatic solutions, not ideological ones, are the core to resource management and progress in the water-energy-land nexus, claims Robert Calow

12 Mar 14


“The nexus debate at African Utility Week will be specifically about Africa and for Africa”

Paul T. Yillia, consultant at Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) explains in this interview, what nexus topics will be raised on the African Utility Week

10 Mar 14


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

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

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.

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.


13 Feb 13

4 Grand Challenges to Energy, Food, and Water

This article by Manish Bapna discusses the four grand challenges to overcoming resource scarcity, as pointed out in the Global Trends 2030 report from the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC).

24 Sep 12

Building a safe world based on a sustainable water, food and integrity nexus

Our world is facing an urgent food management crisis that is leading to many continuing to go hungry whilst vast amounts of food are being wasted daily. This is why the link between water and food is of immense concern and this year, the World Water Week in Stockholm, organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) was dedicated to this issue. Within the complex nexus of water, food and energy, water plays a critical role and a fair governance mechanism for efficient management of water can lead to long-term positive implications for food security. However, water governance and management are currently suffering from numerous problems that prevent this positive long-term perspective from becoming a reality.

24 Sep 12

Interview: Ben Parfitt on the Water-Energy Nexus

The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance’s Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series is ramping up for another year, beginning with a session that will preview a forthcoming report on the water-energy nexus in British Columbia. Water Canada spoke with report author Ben Parfitt of the Candian Centre for Policy Alternatives to learn more.

24 Aug 12

World Water Week: A closer look at Water and Food Security

Feeding 7 billion people whilst maintaining the health of natural ecosystems and livelihoods is a huge challenge and urgent solutions will be required. During the six day conference, IUCN and partners will look into and discuss possible answers and solutions to the growing water, energy and food security challenge. The yearly conference attracts over 2,000 participants, from government, private sector and civil society, who will put forward policy recommendations and concrete actions.

24 Aug 12

Water Week chief: Better management, governance needed

Droughts, poor land use and water access have all contributed to recent volatility in food prices and regional food emergencies. To address such insecurity in food supplies, good water management and governance – as well as reliable early warning systems – are needed, says Jens Berggren, who heads World Water Week that begins on 26 August in Stockholm.

22 Aug 12

Feeding a Thirsty World

The World Water Week 2012 in Stockholm will zoom in on food security and the global water situation. This is warranted not least from the perspective of the increasing imbalances in global food security. In this article, Dr. Anders Jägerskog sums up the thrust of a report he edited on this topic, which is meant to provide input for the Week’s deliberations.

18 Jun 12

Interview: Integrated water management pivotal to sustainable development: UNESCO official

Management of water resources needs “substantial improvement and actual reform in many countries,” and an integrated management is significant for “the most valuable natural resources,” Olcay Unver from the UNESCO’s water assessment program told Xinhua. “There has been some improvement over the the past decade or so, but we would very much like to see this expedited mostly by national government,” the director of UENSCO Program Office for Global Water Assessment said in a recent interview.

15 May 12

Science academies call for action on global challenges

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

20 Mar 12

Green Economy: Roadmaps, Routes and Destinations

We need green economy roadmaps with “concrete goals and benchmarks of progress” and we need them fast, according to the zero draft of the outcome document from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20. Between now and 2015 this ambitious plan aims to establish indicators to evaluate implementation, mechanisms for technology transfer, sharing of know-how and capacity building.

15 Mar 12

UN to propose planetary regulations of water, food

An environmental report issued by an agency of the United Nations last month has some critics sounding the alarm, saying it is a clarion call for “global governance” over how the Earth is managed.


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