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Rethinking the Nexus // Why a Systemic Approach is Necessary

"I do not think we need to abandon the nexus concept," says Oliver Taherzadeh. "The nexus agenda has sparked an interesting and necessary discussion around the reconciliation of environmental goals. However, to date, the theoretical and empirical contribution of the nexus agenda offer a blunt tool to navigate this problem space."

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SDGs

HLPF Nexus Side Event Presentation // Addressing Resilience through the Nexus of Water-Food-Energy – Cities as SDG Laboratories

By Felix Dodds. The Nexus community is growing in numbers, in depth of analysis and in influence. While the focus of the existing Nexus is on Water, Energy, Food, and Climate, the time has come to consider applying the approach more widely as it can help to enhance the understanding of connections among other issue such as health, gender, human mobility, population growth and other matters pertaining to the 2030 Agenda.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Getting Pumped // A Quest to Finance Solar Irrigation in Kenya

By Evgenia Sokolova. Solar pumping is a well established technology. But financing solar irrigation can be difficult, escpeially for small farmers.

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Sanitation and Wastewater

Water Supply in Southeast Asia // "Water is life, contaminated water might mean death"

By Ruth Ehrbeck. 2.1 billion (3 in 10) people worldwide lack access to safe, readily available water, 4.5 billion (6 in 10) people worldwide lack safely managed sanitation, though there is a human right to water and sanitation! The energy cost for pumping water and treating waste water closely links water and energy. As part of the Urban Nexus Programme, GIZ has set up metering and monitoring schemes in India's city of Rajkot and in Korat in Thailand.

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Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (logo)
Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (SWWW) // Water, Ecosystems and Human Development

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organised by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development.” In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organisations from 135 countries participated in the event.

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Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (logo)
Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Session // Pollution-Driven Water Scarcity for Ecosystems and Human Uses Worldwide

To meet the SDGs, we need to understand regional hotspots of water scarcity, both in terms of water quantity and quality. This session focuses on the modelling of causes, impacts and solutions to reduce the gap between the supply and demand of clean water to ecosystem functioning and societal needs.

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Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (logo)
Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Panel // Using Information Tools on Multifunctional Nature-based Solutions to Achieve SDGs

The implementation of the water- and interrelated SDGs calls for joint action by various stakeholder groups empowered by the provision of data, information and knowledge on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) through modern easy-to-use information and communication tools. The objective of the event is to understand how information tools need to be designed to optimize and increase the use of multifunctional nature-based solutions.

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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Session // Investing in Freshwater Ecosystems and Biodiversity: A Key Development Challenge

Conserving biodiversity and freshwater related ecosystem services is essential to help achieve the goals of Agenda 2030. Equally, ecosystems and the freshwater services they provide will be needed to achieve the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Freshwater management is key for protecting and sustaining biodiversity. At the same time healthy ecosystems play a critical role in maintaining freshwater quantity and quality, and...

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Urban Nexus

RESNexus Project // Resilience and Vulnerability at the Urban Nexus

This project is investigating resilience and vulnerability at the urban nexus of food, water, energy and the environment. Dubbed ResNexus for short, the project team, which includes partners at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and University of São Paulo in Brazil will examine how vulnerabilities within urban communities are constructed by through trade-offs and aggravations at the food, water and environment nexus, in three mid-sized highly-dynamic cities in East Africa (Kampala),...

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Waste treatment

A New Waste and Energy Nexus? // Rethinking the Modernisation of Waste Services in Delhi

By Rémi de Bercegol and Shankare Gowda. One important aspect of sustainability involves the flows of materials and energy, extracted, consumed, transformed and disposed of in the functioning of urban societies, which makes it directly linked to the ‘nested’ character of infrastructure that this special issue of Urban Studies on ‘urban nexus’ is keen to address. In particular, the question of urban waste, a sector previously neglected in the field of urban policy, has slowly become a major issue...

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Policy Papers

Nexus in MENA // Mainstreaming the Nexus Approach in Water, Food and Energy Policies in the MENA Region

By Hussein Abaza. There are close linkages between water, food and energy. Policies for the three sectors need to be designed in a coordinated and integrated manner. An integrated Nexus approach should therefore be adopted in order to ensure complementarities and synergies between the three sectors. This will support government efforts in the MENA region to follow a sustainable green path.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Unraveling the Nexus // Exploring the Pathways to Combined Resource Use

By David Font Vivanco, Ranran Wang, Sebastiaan Deetman and Edgar Hertwich. In response to the unprecedented decline in global natural resource endowments, the so‐called nexus framework is gaining increasing influence on resource management practices. In this research, the authors approach the resource nexus through the concept of nexus pathways. Nexus pathways are configurations that resource flows follow along supply chains leading to the combined use of two or more resources.

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Media

Nature // Six Research Priorities for Cities and Climate Change

Xuemei Bai and colleagues call for long-term, cross-disciplinary studies to reduce carbon emissions and urban risks from global warming. ‘Nexus approaches’ that trace linkages between water, food and energy systems should be extended to other sectors, to understand the relationships between infrastructure provision, inequality and resilience.

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Media

وزارة الخارجية والتعاون الدولي // دولة الإمارات تشارك في اجتماع المجلس الوزاري العربي للمياه بالكويت

ترأس سعادة الدكتور مطر حامد النيادي وكيل وزارة الطاقة والصناعة وفد الدولة المشارك في اجتماع الدورة العاشرة للمجلس الوزاري العربي للمياه بدولة الكويت الشقيقة. وتم خلال الاجتماع مناقشه الخطة التنفيذية لاستراتيجية الأمن المائي في المنطقة العربية لمواجهة التحديات والمتطلبات المستقبلية للتنمية المستدامة واستعراض جهود الدول العربية بشأن استدامة موارد المياه وحمايتها من الاستغلال المفرط والتلوث. كما تم التركيز على أهمية الترابط بين المياه والطاقة والغذاء وضرورة تحقيق التوازن بينها.

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Media

UAE Ministry of Energy & Industry // UAE takes part in meeting of Arab Ministerial Water Council in Kuwait

Dr. Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, presided over the participating UAE delegation at the 10th session of the Arab Ministerial Water Council in Kuwait. They drew attention to the importance of the interrelationship between water, energy and food and the need to achieve balance among them.

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