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11 Jun 14

Presentation

Addressing Gobal Change Challenges in Central (Metropolitan) Chile through the lens of FEW Nexus

By Francisco Meza, Centro de Cambio Global UC, held on the Bonn 2014 Nexus Conference „Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”, 19-20 May 2014.

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

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.

NEXUS News

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.

NEXUS in the Media

28 Aug 14

Article

The Water-Energy Nexus Takes Center Stage

Power plant operators have long understood the vital role water plays in power generation. Now, as the rest of the world begins recognizing that as well, a conflict is brewing between the growing demand for electricity and increasingly strained water resources.

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.

28 Mar 14

Blog

The Link Between Water and Energy in California - And Why It Matters

The interconnecteness of water, energy and food production is highly visible in California. Katie Hsia-Kiung explains why and presents innovative approaches to the nexus

07 Jan 14

Report

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

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