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NEXUS News, The third regional workshop on “Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: the Urban Nexus” took place from 25-27 June, 2014 in Da Nang, Viet Nam organised by GIZ in cooperation with UN ESCAP and ICLEI SEAS. The workshop concentrated on innovative technologies with regard to waste water management creating the link to energy, irrigation water and fertilizer/night soil generation (“close the loop”) as well as on alternative concepts of solid waste treatment (Maximum Yield Technology/MYT). | Water Energy Food Nexus, Bonn 2011

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03 Jul 14

Urban Nexus

The third regional workshop on “Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: the Urban Nexus” took place from 25-27 June, 2014 in Da Nang, Viet Nam organised by GIZ in cooperation with UN ESCAP and ICLEI SEAS. The workshop concentrated on innovative technologies with regard to waste water management creating the link to energy, irrigation water and fertilizer/night soil generation (“close the loop”) as well as on alternative concepts of solid waste treatment (Maximum Yield Technology/MYT).

The project (thereafter called “Urban Nexus Project”) is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ in cooperation with UN ESCAP, ICLEI SEAS and the Urban Nexus partner cities. The workshop was attended by more than 95 participants from Germany, Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Among them were Honourable John Bongat, Major of Naga City from the Philippines and Mr. B. Badral, City Manager of Ulan Bator from Mongolia.

03 Jul 14

Water Dialogue Forum

IGAD has designed the Inland Water Resources Management Program, INWRMP, with the objective of harnessing its water resources in an integrated and coordinated manner so as to achieve food security, avoid potential or real water related conflicts and attain peace and sustainable development.The IGAD-INWRMP is going to have a Water Dialogue Forum on “Water for Regional Cooperation” on 3-5 Dec 2014, Nairobi, Kenya. Deadline for papers is 15 Aug 2014.

30 Jun 14

Nexus and Security Thinking

The STEPS centre is currently conducting a research project investigating the impact of the nexus on water security issues in South East Asia. It has just published a working paper on the water-energy-food nexus. Being the new “buzzword” in policy circles, the nexus can perhaps further the important work of an integrated approach in policy making. But, to reach its full potential, it is important to consider questions of social justice, the current framings of security that are inherent in the nexus, and who stands in a position to influence these conceptions. - By Jeremy Allouche and Maria Cooper.

29 Jun 14

Nexus and Peace

Interview with Ciarán Ó Cuinn, director of the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), an international organisation working on solutions to fresh water scarcity in the Middle East.

27 Jun 14

Water-Energy Nexus and Hydropower

This opinion piece comments on the March 2014 paper “Should we build more large dams? The actual costs of hydropower megaproject development” by Atif Ansar and colleagues published in Energy Policy. By Jerson Kelman, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Former President of Brazilian Water Agency and Brazilian Electricity Agency.

26 Jun 14

Water-Energy Research

This question is answered by two new publications by SNV which analyse how biogas and renewable energy can be used by smallholder farmers for their irrigation needs.

NEXUS in the Media

11 Jul 14

Energy Exchange

EDF’s Energy Innovation Series highlights innovations across a broad range of energy categories, including smart grid and renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency financing and progressive utilities, to name a few. This Series helps illustrate that cost-effective, clean energy solutions are available now and imperative to lowering our dependence on fossil fuels.

10 Jul 14

Afronline

Global institutions are still in the learning phase when it comes to successfully managing water and energy in an integrated manner as part of the quest for sustainable development.

27 Jun 14

The Royal Gazette

An increased focus on risk resilience and disclosure by companies of the disaster risks they face would create an environment where the private sector and governments can more effectively respond to climate change, Britain’s Prince of Wales said yesterday. Prince Charles was speaking on Wednesday in London at the International Insurance Society’s 50th Annual Seminar, an event that is being held in conjunction with the United Nations Financial and Private Sector Disaster Resilience Global Summit. Advances in climate science and big data make it easier for organisations to assess their risks. “A comprehensive understanding of risk, including the risks of climate change, the food-water-energy nexus and resource scarcity is now increasingly straightforward,” Prince Charles said.

26 Jun 14

The Guardian

Debates about the food-energy-water nexus need to recognise that global priorities may not reflect local concerns, and resource allocations are always political. By Jeremy Allouche, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, member of the ESRC STEPS Centre and co-author of Nexus Nirvana or Nexus Nullity?, a STEPS Centre working paper.

24 Jun 14

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.

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