International Conference on Water, Energy, and Food Nexus for Sustainable Development, Pattaya City/Thailand

Conference // International Conference on Water, Energy, and Food Nexus for Sustainable Development, Pattaya City/Thailand

The conference aims to link scientific understanding and progress with policy and decision making to implement a water, energy and food nexus for sustainable development. Furthermore it targets to develop partnerships and networks between interested individuals and institutions with expertise in the water, energy and food sector.

Water, energy and food have been the most important resources that directly influence the socioeconomic development of any country. Water and energy have a symbiotic relation where every form of energy production requires water in their lifetime either for fuel extraction or operation. In the power sector, thermal power plants use large amounts of water for cooling and part of this is lost as evaporation. Hydropower plants use significant quantities of water and interfere with existing water flows, changing silting patterns in river basins, and also lose a considerable amount of water as evaporation. Significant quantities of water are also required for other energy processing activities, such as refining oil products or manufacturing synthetic fuels. Similarly energy is required for conveyance, treatment, distribution of water, and desalinization of brackish and sea-water to provide new freshwater sources. The extraction of water from aquifers, pumping from the surface sources and its conveyance, distribution as well as treatment and recycling of wastewater requires energy. In water and wastewater treatment systems, energy is used to pump, transport, heat, cool, pressurize, and treat the water. Actual treatment consists of pressurization, transport, filtration, addition and removal of chemicals, aeration, etc. Globally about 7% of commercial energy production is used for managing the world's fresh water supply.

Themes and Potential Topics

Theme I: Considering the nexus for sustainability

Water, energy and food nexus; an integrated approach for sustainable development

Water for the power sector and fuel production

Coastal zones, climate variability and food security

Theme II: Management of water-energy-food nexus

Governance and management gaps in implementing the nexus approach

Water, biodiversity and food security for sustainable development

Climate change and sustainability of water, food or energy resources: global and regional Implications

Challenges in trans-boundary river basins

Theme III: Moving forward with nexus approach

Water- & energy-smart food production and processing for climate action and sustainable development

Water, sanitation, food production and health

Challenges and solutions in basin scale study of water, energy and food security nexus

Resource recovery from wastewater for supporting the green economy

Proposed Events

Interested partner organizations are welcome to approach us with their ideas for an expert workshop or any innovative session. For further details please contact Dr. Sangam Shrestha at

Two days conference on the water, energy and food nexus (Oral Presentations and Poster presentations)

Match making session focused on H2020 Calls (Invited Only)

Expert workshop on water, energy and food nexus (Invited Only)

Important Dates

First Announcement: 25 May 2014

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 July 2014

Notification of selected abstracts: 15 August 2014

Conference Date: 19 — 21 November 2014

Registration Deadline 30 August 2014 (Priority), 30 September 2014 (Final deadline)

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