Launch of the "Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W)" Network, Paris/France

Launch Launch of the "Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W)" Network, Paris/France

The FE2W Network intends to provide decision-makers at all levels with the knowledge and frameworks to effectively manage the tradeoffs between the security of food, energy, environment and water (FE2W).

FE2W began with the meeting of 40 experts at the University of Oxford in June 2014. While the problems are large and complex, the solutions are not. Our purpose is to collaborate with decision-makers on developing and applying decision frameworks and principles that work in practice and make a difference on the ground.

FE2W's actions try to improve how we manage systemic risks and shocks across these systems by 'bridging the silos' across FE2W, recognising the interlinked uncertainties, and improving people's lives.

Straightforward decision frameworks that improve governance are critically important, in both poor and rich countries, to respond to and to manage the inherent risks and uncertainties across food, energy, water and the environment.


  • Colorado Basin
  • Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin
  • Mekong Basin
  • Murray-Darling Basin
  • Nile Basin
  • Volta Basin

Understand, Engage and Enable Action

Food, energy, environment and water (FE2W) are critical systems to both people and landscapes. Too often decisions are made in one domain without consideration of the effects in another and this imposes costs and risks on all of us, but especially the vulnerable in poor countries.

The FE2W Network focuses on the feedbacks and systemic risks across all the key dimensions. It will engage with the people who make the decisions from farmers to policy makers to consumers, and enable actions that result in improved long-term outcomes.

Central to the Network's approach is the primacy given to poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and the need to maintain critical ecosystem services at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Management Committee

  • Chair: Claudia Ringler, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Secretary: Karen Hussey, The Australian National University
  • Director: Quentin Grafton, The Australian National University
  • Action Working Group Chair: Stuart Orr, WWF International
  • Basin Research Group Chair: Dustin Garrick, McMaster University
  • Research Hub Chair: Nazmun Ratna, Lincoln University

Agenda of the Opening

Formal Launch

Media Session and Networking

Technical Session

  • Understand Risks
    Prof. Jim Hall University of Oxford
  • Engage Decision-Makers
    Prof. Dustin Garrick McMaster University
    Prof. Quentin Grafton Australian National University
  • Enable Action
    Dr. Karen Hussey Australian National University
    Dr. Pamela Katic International Water Management Institute
    Dr. Nathanial Matthews Water, Land and Ecosystems
    Stuart Orr, WWF International


UNESCO Headquarters, Room XIV
1 rue Miollis, 75015 Paris, France

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