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This project is co-funded by the European Union
Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung


The Nexus approach highlights the interdependencies between achieving water, energy and food security for human well-being, e. g. basics services and economic development, while ensuring ecologically sustainable use of globally essen­tial resources. It is based on an understanding of the synergies and regulated negotiation of fair trade-offs between compet­ing uses of water, land and energy-related resources.

The Nexus approach is a fundamental shift, from a pure sectoral approach to solutions that embrace a cross-sectoral, coherent and integrated perspective. It challenges existing structures, policies and procedures at global, regional and (sub) national levels.

The three "supply securities" water, energy and food depend on ecosystems and on each other. The three resources land, water and energy (atmosphere) are part of this ecosystem and must be used and protected in a balanced manner.


Policy Papers  |  14 Jun 2016

Factsheet // The Nexus Dialogue Programme Phase 1 (2016–2018)

For the first time, a Global Nexus Secretariat will be set up and be responsible for: 1. a sustained programme of Nexus Dialogues at the regional level which are implemented by regional organisations; 2. a state-of-the-art...› more

Federal Government of Germany
Policy Papers  |   8 Jan 2016

Policy Brief // Realising the Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus

A summary by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) of present nexus activities in...› more