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Hydropower

Hydropower // Is the Consideration of a Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus a Solution on the Search for Greener Hydropower?

By Miroslav Marence and Mário Franca. Hydropower is accountable for approximately 16% of world electrical energy production and it is the largest renewable energy source. Like it or not, hydropower is a key element in the renewable energy mix, thus an inevitable resource to be considered when equating the reduction of carbon emissions from electricity production. But they also have a lot of negative impacts on the surrounding ecosystems and the people living on the river. Can the Nexus approach...

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Modelling and Assessment

Assessment // The Transboundary Basin Nexus Assessment (TBNA) Methodology

Interview with the authors of the UNECE Synthesis Report on the TBNA Methodology Mario Roidt and Lucia de Strasser. What are insights and lessons learned from the implementation of this methodology? What are suggestions for the way forward to better manage transboundary basins with a Nexus approach?

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

SPIS // Kickstarting India’s Multi-billion Dollar Solar Irrigation Scheme

By Shehnab Sahin, CCAFS South Asia. A multi-stakeholder policy consultation assesses the best way forward for implementing a scheme to promote solar farming in India

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News

Opinion // The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Guiding Light or a Continuation of Power Relations?

By Micaela Edelson. Water is complex. It’s defined as either an economic or social good, varies across time and space, and is increasingly scarce. As of 2015, 663 million people globally lacked access to clean drinking water. This complexity causes an international dispute about managing water as a resource. There is also a range of views on how to address water insecurity—a priority outlined in the sixth Sustainable Development Goal.

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Conferences, Forums and Symposiums

Energy Water Nexus Technical Conference // Driving Savings in Manufacturing

The largest category for water consumption in the US is electric power generation. Similarly, the largest demand for electricity is water extraction and distribution. This strong interdependence drives great opportunity in the Energy-Water Nexus (EWN) to impact both energy and water consumption.

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Webinars

Webinar // Opportunities of Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach

The American University of Beirut (AUB) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) invite you to a webinar presenting the findings published in the Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) Special Issue: Opportunities in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach: Innovatively driving economic development, social well-being, and environmental sustainability.

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Workshops

Workshop // Resource Nexus Policy & Cluster Workshop

The Resource Nexus Policy & Cluster Workshop is co-organised by the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), SIM4NEXUS, MAGIC, and DAFNE, and will bring together EU-funded projects related to the resource nexus as well as other (non-EU funded) related initiatives with the objective to stimulate peer-to-peer and science-to-policy discussions on how to get the most out of nexus research for the benefit of society and policymaking.

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Networking

Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) // Info Day

PRIMA is glad to announce that a PRIMA Infoday will take place at the UfM Premises, in Barcelona for the presentation of PRIMA AWP 2019 in view of the official launch of the 2019 Call for proposals. The event will provide information about the PRIMA initiative and all aspects of the Call process.

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Urban Nexus

Special Issue // Systems Thinking and Urban Water Cycle Management

Equitable social, economic and environmental management of water resources and ecosystem services is central to planning for a world challenged by population growth and an increasingly variable climate. The evolution of urban areas to accommodate growing populations and in response to economic development results in profound changes to the natural water cycle and creates a modified urban water cycle. Among these, the Urban Nexus can be one answer to sustainable, future-proof water management.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

(Re)thinking (Re)connection // Young People, “Natures” and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in São Paulo State, Brazil

By Peter Kraftl, Jose Antonio Perrella Balastieri, Arminda Eugenia Marques Campos, Benjamin Coles, Sophie Hadfield‐Hill, John Horton, Paulo Valladares Soares, Mateus Ricardo Nogueira Vilanova, Catherine Walker, Cristana Zara. This paper critically analyses pervasive contemporary discourses that call for children and young people to be “reconnected” with nature and natural resources. Simultaneously, it reflects on emerging forms of nexus thinking and policy that seek to identify and govern...

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Resource

Estudio de Caso // La Gestión del Agua desde el Punto de Vista del Nexo entre el Agua, la Energía y la Alimentación en el Perú

Por Eduardo Zegarra Méndez. El presente estudio utiliza el enfoque del Nexo entre el agua, la energía y la alimentación para analizar las interacciones entre actores públicos y privados en el valle de Ica, ubicado a 300 kilómetros al sur de Lima, Perú.

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Organisations & Networks

​​​Water-Energy-Food-Health Nexus Renewable Resources Initiative (WEFRAH)

WEFRAH is an initiative led by AUB's FAFS. This two year seed funding initiative includes a critical mass of faculty from across the university. WEFRAH’s focus is collaboration to achieve primary resources security. The initiative is in response to the President’s vision of engagement and impact to strengthen collaborations between AUB Faculties and Schools, particularly to promote interdisciplinary collaboration by nurturing a bottom-up, participatory approach within AUB and between AUB and its...

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Getting Credit for Solar // Partnering up to launch finance for smallholder irrigation

By Samwel Tobiko of Juhudi Kilimo, and Genia Sokolova. In Kenya, 80 percent of the population derive their livelihoods from agriculture, yet the share of agricultural finance in national credit is below 5 percent. Juhudi Kilimo, a Kenya-based microfinance institution, aims to address unmet demand for agricultural lending by focusing on rural smallholder farmers. Juhudi, through its Juhudi Labs division, recently joined with Winrock to launch one of the first credit facilities for solar...

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Media

Bangkok Post // Saving the Planet, Making Profit: A 'Nexus' Approach

Asean has put together an ambitious sustainable development agenda with its 2025 community vision. It has also played an important role in shaping the United Nations 2020 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda. If the 17 SDGs are achieved, this will combine with the impact of global trends such as climate change to intensify the competition for resources -- energy, water, raw materials and land.

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Media

CrossTalk // The Water, Food, and Energy Nexus: Rapid-Fire Research in 3 Quick Sentences

As the population of Earth increases, it is urgent that we develop in more sustainable ways. In response to this, the United Nations has identified what it terms the "water-food-energy nexus"—three resources that are in ever-higher demand.

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