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NEXUS Initiatives

In Bolivia, German Development Cooperation agricultural, water and energy programmes are developing joint indicators, in a more nexus-driven approach. Moving forward, activities could include things such as increased energy efficiency of water utilities, production of the required energy in the processes of drinking water treatment and provision and reusing waste water in agriculture.

GBEP endorsed a set of 24 relevant, practical, science-based, voluntary sustainability indicators for bioenergy. These indicators are intended to guide any analysis undertaken of bioenergy at the domestic level with a view to informing decision making and facilitating the sustainable development of bioenergy. The main objective of the project is to assess data availability and collection capacity, and tailor methodologies for measuring the indicators to country conditions.

NEXUS Resources

23 Oct 15


Water-Food-Energy: well-being indicators for a better quality of life

by Fabiola Riccardini, istat, in Paris in June 2015

17 Dec 14


Water and Climate Adaptation Plan (WATCAP) for Sava River Basin

by Jasna Plavsic, COWI, at the Workshop on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin in Zagreb (HR) March 4-6th, 2014

19 Oct 14


Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners

Stocktaking Report prepared by the United Nations Environment Management Group

02 Oct 14

WWF Report

Living Planet Report 2014

Natural capital is a key concept of the Living Planet Report. While it may be an economic metaphor, it encapsulates the idea that our economic prosperity and our well-being are reliant upon the resources ovided by a healthy planet. In a world where so many people live in poverty, it may appear as though protecting nature is a luxury. But it is quite the opposite. For many of the world’s poorest people, it is a lifeline. And we are all in this together. We all need food, fresh water and clean air – wherever in the world we live.

29 Mar 14


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.

17 Sep 12


Rethinking Human Security: The Nexus on the Ground

In the final installment of the Global Resource Nexus Series, Junior Fellow Corey Johnson examines the everyday politics behind resource allocation and consumption. He examines the role resources play in causing migration, and the importance of cities in understanding and addressing the resource nexus.

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.

03 Mar 12


Assessing Water Risk - A Practical Approach for Financial Institutions

It is understood that water is essential to life on Earth. It is also an essential ingredient in any production process, be it agricultural or industrial. Today, there is an increased awareness of the diverse ways in which water use can pose substantial threats to businesses in certain regions and sectors.

16 Nov 11


Water in a Green Economy: The UN System’s Position

by Zafar Adeel, Chair of UN-Water - Presentation at the BONN 2011 NEXUS CONFERENCE


23 Oct 15


by Fabiola Riccardini, istat, in Paris in June 2015

12 Mar 14

Sustainability Standards

To review, the food-energy-water nexus (one can keep stringing in nouns, -carbon –biodiversity –etc. into the “nexus”) is short hand for recognizing that many of these systems are interconnected.

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

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

04 Dec 13


Although the public consultation period came to a close 1 Dec 2013, the Alliance for Water Stewardship reports it has received multiple requests for additional time. To allow for maximum participation in this critical consultation period, the feedback deadline has been extended to December 31st.

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

Recent NEXUS Events

23–25 Nov 15


to be held at Fraunhofer IOSB in Karlsruhe, November 23– 25, 2015.

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.

21–24 May 13


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

NEXUS in the Media

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.

12 Aug 13

Indonesia at the crossroads: Addressing food security

Indonesia faces a silent but imminent crisis in food, energy and water supplies. There are several indicators that point to food scarcity in which the reduction in energy subsidies will not play a big role.

29 Nov 12

Global Creating Shared Value Forum 2012

The GSV Forum 2012 in New Delhi/India on 5 November 2012 brought together opinion leaders from South Asia and beyond to discuss the role business in society, nutrition, water and rural development. This video contains the session on “Water, energy, food security”.


  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

  • Bonn Perspectives

initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen
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