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Nexus in Central Asia // European Union supports Capacity Building for Multi-Sectoral Investments in Turkmenistan

ASHGABAT − On 5-6 December 2018, the meeting of the Intersectoral Working Group on the development of multi-sector investment projects for achieving water, energy and food security in Turkmenistan was held in Ashgabat together with a workshop for project developers.

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Nexus in Central Asia // European Union supports the Basin Water Organization “Amudarya” to receive investments

URGENCH – On 28-29 November 2018, 15 representatives of the Basin Water Organization (BWO) “Amudarya” from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in a WEF Nexus workshop in order to elaborate on possible investment projects to foster water, energy and food security in Amudarya Basin. The BWO Amudarya consists of 27 organizations, and is responsible for the management of the river trunk, interstate canals and pumping stations within the basin area.

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Capacity Building

Nexus Regional Dialogue MENA // The National Dialogue Meeting on Water, Energy and Food Nexus in Sudan

On October 30th 2018, the Nexus Regional Dialogue in the Middle East and North Africa hosted a meeting for senior officials from relevant organizations and ministries in Sudan as well as experts from the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development. Main focus of the meeting was an evaluation study on the Nexus in Sudan, which aims at integrating water, energy and food security into national strategies, policies and operational plans.

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Vacancy // Vacante en el programa Diálogos Regionales en el ámbito del Nexo (Agua – Energia – Seguridad Alimentaria) y en el programa de implementación de la agenda 2030 en América Latina

Vacante 50% en el programa Diálogos Regionales en el ámbito del Nexo (Agua – Energia – Seguridad Alimentaria) en América Latina y 50% en el programa de implementación de la agenda 2030 en América Latina con sede en Santiago de Chile

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Capacity Building

Nexus Regional Dialogue MENA // The National Dialogue Meeting on Water, Energy and Food Nexus in Sudan

On October 30th 2018, the Nexus Regional Dialogue in the Middle East and North Africa hosted a meeting for senior officials from relevant organizations and ministries in Sudan as well as experts from the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development. Main focus of the meeting was an evaluation study on the Nexus in Sudan, which aims at integrating water, energy and food security into national strategies, policies and operational plans.

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Conferences, Forums and Symposiums

World Future Energy Summit 2019

WFES is a global industry platform connecting business and innovation in energy, clean technology and efficiency for a sustainable future. Acting as an enabler for Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, WFES inspires the transfer of ideas, technology and investment across borders and between the public and private sectors worldwide. The WFES brand brings together specialist exhibitors, technologies, speakers and insights covering Energy and Efficiency, Water, Solar, Mobility, Waste and Green Buildings.

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Seminars

Nexus Seminar // Back to Nature: How Sustainable is Construction with Wood?

UNU-FLORES in collaboration with the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of TU Dresden is excited to announce the Nexus Seminar Series. The joint seminar series, which launched in 2015, features lectures by senior scholars that highlight all dimensions of research on the Nexus Approach, ranging from hands-on implementation strategies to theoretical debates.

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Hydropower

Conference // Water Storage and Hydropower Development for Africa

The connection of energy and water is most obvious in electricity generation through hydropower. Plus dams have an important impact on the environemtn, on water availability upstream and downstream, and thus on food production and food security. The AFRICA 2019 conference will bring together industry professionals in Namibia, a country with a variety of dams, to discuss water and energy issues relevant to Africa.

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Resource

Epistemological Dimensions of the Water–Energy–Food Nexus Approach // Reply to Discussions of “Challenges in Operationalizing the Water–Energy–Food Nexus”

By Christophe Cudennec et al. This article discusses recent literature and events on the water–energy–food (WEF) nexus, including the UN 2018 High Level Political Forum on sustainable development. Here, it elaborates on the epistemological perspective of the WEF nexus conceptualization, assessment, discourse and operationalization.

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Agua, Producción de Alimentos y Energía // La Experiencia del Nexo en Chile

Por Humberto Peña. El presente estudio analiza este Nexo en el caso de Chile. Con ese propósito, se revisa la evolución de las políticas públicas y los marcos institucionales relacionados con la gestión del agua, y el desarrollo del riego y de la energía eléctrica. En el análisis se distingue entre: un período inicial; otro donde el Estado fue el motor del desarrollo; un tercero con un predominio del mercado; y, finalmente, uno donde se busca un nuevo equilibrio entre el interés público y los...

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Biofuels

Efficiency Type Index // Analysis of the current World Biofuel Production under a Water–Food–Energy Nexus Perspective

By Emanuele Moioli, Federico Salvati, Marco Chiesa, Rosa T. Siecha, Flavio Manenti, Francesco Laio, Maria Cristina Rulli. This paper assesses the sustainability of bioenergy production under a nexus perspective through a new efficiency type index. The index describes 1st generation biofuel production under the perspective of the implied consumption of natural resources. The direct application of the nexus index entails an indication of the possible improvements needed to move production towards...

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Water Utilities // Smart Solution to Improve Water-Energy Nexus for Water Supply Systems

By Jorge Helmbrechta, Jordi Pastorb and Carolina Moyac. The Water-Energy Nexus is considered as one of the most important multidisciplinary challenges that the global growing water market has to face in the forthcoming years. The current trend of water transmission system to the creation of DMAs (District Metered Areas) offers great possibilities of non-structural solutions that use existing data and transform them into useful information to support decision making. This paper presents a smart...

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Media

AlJazeera // What can be done to ensure food security and preserve water?

Over 800 million people live in hunger-stricken areas. The majority of those live in conflict zones. Ensuring quantity and quality of water for survival, but also for food production in the context of agricultural intensification, is essential to mitigate the risk of mass migration conflict. On this special edition of Inside Story from the Doha Forum, the questions are asked: Are the current world food governance support systems enough to mitigate current risks? And what can be done to avoid...

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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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