"Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus", Bonn/Germany

International Conference // "Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus", Bonn/Germany

This conference will address the linkages across key natural resource sectors so that jointly improving the efficiency is considered to be a win-win-win strategy for human development and environmental sustainability.

Recognizing the sustainability of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus as a key research-for-action initiative, the conferece will allow an internal policy consultation process to inform, influence, and catalyze action by key actors – including policymakers, non‐governmental organizations, the private sector, educators, and researchers.

This process will bring together available information, identify knowledge and action gaps, share lessons on viable instruments and approaches, facilitate networks, and contribute to consensus on priorities for appropriate investment and action by different actors and stakeholders for moving towardaction on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.

Conference Themes

Tools for the sustainable implementation of the Nexus approach

- Earth observations, monitoring and information sharing for the Nexus

- Instruments and tools for integrated planning (participatory schemes, integrated water resources management etc.)

- Concepts, methods and tools for Nexus decision making and policy implementation

- Tools for addressing synergies and trade-offs (including mitigation / adaptation measures)

- Promoting innovation in the Nexus / Identification of research needs

- Tools for resource efficiency (supply and demand sides)

Governance and management of the Nexus

- Governance structures and institutional capacities

- Policy options: case studies, identifying gaps, developing solutions

- Addressing the science-policy interface

- Incentives for cross-sectoral coordination at different levels

Considering the Environment and Livelihoods

- Planetary boundaries within the Nexus

- The role of ecosystems within the Nexus and the valuation of ecosystem services

- Poverty and the Nexus

- A Nexus Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals

Implementing the Nexus at Various Scales

- The Nexus from a Regional Perspective

- The implementation of the Nexus in Local Communities

- Making the Nexus work in cities: Urban Natural Resource Management

- Transboundary challenges and solutions


The confirmed keynote speakers up to now are:

-Joachim von Braun

Center for Development Research, Bonn, Germany

-Joppe Cramwinckel

World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland

-Johan Kuylenstierna

Stockholm Environmental Institute, Stockholm Sweden

-Andrew Noble

CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

-Dirk Messner

German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany

-Alexander Müller, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,

Rome, Italy

-Claudia Pahl-Wostl

University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germay

-Henry David Venema

The International Institute for Sustainable Development, Manitoba, Canada

-Charles Vörösmarty

City University of New York, New York, USA

-Jun Xia

Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

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