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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

29 Jul 14

Presentation

City Profiling & Benchmarking The Urban Nexus

By Constanze Heydkamp, Fraunhofer Insitute for Industrial Engineering IAO, at Third Regional Workshop on Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban Nexus, 25 - 27 June 2014, Da Nang, Viet Nam

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.

NEXUS News

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

22 Jan 14

Water-Energy Nexus

Moving forward into an uncertain energy future, the water intensity of a particular electricity source should be taken into consideration as a matter of course.

22 Jan 14

Research & Workshop

In 2014, the Award will be linked to a workshop at the University of Oxford: “Water, Food and Energy: Understanding and Managing the Risks and Trade-offs” that will take place in June 2014. The author of the winning entry to the Award will be invited to participate in this exclusive 4 1/2 day intellectual retreat attended by 35 leading researchers and water practitioners. Applications open on January 22nd 2014 and close on April 22nd 2014.

21 Jan 14

Data Project

Circle of Blue, a team of journalists and researchers reporting on water and worldwide resource issues, today launched Choke Point: Index, a dynamic on-the-ground journalism and data project that reveals the globally significant competition between water, food, and energy. The first phase, called “Dry Fields, Dirty Water,” explores three critical, water-challenged agricultural regions in the United States, and was announced during the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi.

17 Jan 12

Nexus in the Media

To allocate scarce resources efficiently, it is vital to understand the inter-dependencies between the distinct areas of water, energy and food, says Joppe Cramwinckel

19 Sep 11

News

Third meeting of the International Steering Committee (ISC) on 7-8 September 2011

16 Jun 11

Short Film

International experts comment on the main topics of the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

16 Jun 11

News

Second meeting of the German Advisory Group on 17 May 2011 in Bonn

14 Jun 11

Process

Brief profiles of its members

19 Apr 11

Interview

Interview with Uschi Eid, Vice-Chair of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)

12 Apr 11

News

Further focusing of content profile for the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

19 Jan 11

Process

Consultation process shaped by representatives from the spheres of politics, business and civil society

18 Jan 11

News

First meeting of experts in December 2010 in Bonn

NEXUS in the Media

24 Jun 14

The parched planet: Water on tap

Researchers are exploring unconventional sources of fresh water to quench the globe’s growing thirst.

16 Feb 14

Stress Nexus: when demands on food, water and energy become unsustainable

“The world has entered a period of volatility and transition - every choice that is made from here on will have an impact on what will happen in the near future. What is done today will determine if the planet will still be capable of sustaining life in the midst of the growing demands on energy, food and water,” says Zsarlene B. Chua.

20 Jan 14

Solar Micro-Grid Aims to Boost Power and Food in Haiti

EarthSpark, the project’s leader, won a Powering Agriculture grant for clean energy development. This new model for connecting homes and businesses to clean, reliable power using smart meters, solar panels, and a small, independent power grid is being put to the test in Haiti.

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.

14 Jan 14

EDF Blog

We can’t expect a reliable energy future without talking water

“It’s no secret that electricity generation requires substantial amounts of water”, writes, Kate Zerrenner, project manager with EDF’s US Climate and Energy program, “and different energy sources require varying amounts of water. Nor is it a surprise that Texas and other areas in the West and Southwest are in the midst of a persistent drought. Given these realities, it is surprising that water scarcity is largely absent from the debate over which energy sources are going to be the most reliable in our energy future.”

30 May 12

Sustainable Development Goals for the New Generation

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become a contentious proposal among Member States that are currently negotiating the outcome document for Rio+20. Member States and the international community are looking for the successors of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will expire in 2015. The current framework helped the international community to rally behind a common understanding of poverty eradication, and it provided targets and indicators to guide policy decisions. However, the MDGs overemphasised economic poverty and gave limited attention to the structural causes of poverty or to sustainable development.

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

Partners

  • 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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