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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Session // Asia Focus - Tackling the Water-Energy-Ecosystems-Food Nexus

This session will examine all four aspects of the Nexus and attempt to uncover the complex nature of the Water, Energy, Ecosystems, Food Nexus. Each aspect of the Nexus will be discussed individually, to contribute to a greater conversation concerning pathways to greater cooperation between sectors.

This event is part of the Stockholm World Water Week 2018.

Water, energy, land and ecosystems are essential for satisfying basic human needs and development. Access to these resources and their sustainable management are the basis for smart, equitable and sustainable development. Sector policies regarding water, energy, land and ecosystems have deep and consequential relationships. Policies from one sector often entail consequences for the other three sectors, be on a local, national, regional or global scale.

With the world population predicted to reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, with 8.3 billion people living in developing countries. With among the ten largest countries in the world, five are in Asia (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan), this stresses urgency for managing natural resources in the Asia Region. We will be required to increase food production by 60% during the next 40 years in order to feed the growing world population. Meanwhile, there is little room for increasing the amount of irrigated water against competitive water demands. 

Where and when

29 Aug 2018
11am-12.30pm

Programme

11:00 – 11:10 
Introduction by Moderator, Michael Wilson (DFAT)

11:10 – 11:30   
Presentation by Louise Whiting (FAO), Introduction to Nexus issues

11:30 – 12:15
Debate - moderated by Michael Wilson

Debate Question

When it comes to the shared relationships between natural resources, energy, agriculture and technology. Does technology always present itself as a force for good?

In this debate we would like to explore technologies such as solar power irrigation, hydropower, and any other emerging technology examples panelists can draw on from their work and experiences. This debate should highlight both the positive and negative externalities associated with Nexus technologies, and advise whether these technologies deserve praise and promotion, or, that we should be promoting caution. 

Participants

  • IMWI – Dr. Luna Bharati   
  • ADB – Tom Panella
  • FAO – Louise Whiting
  • RMCG – Rob Rendell
  • LEAD - Ali Tauqeer Sheikh

12:15 – 12:23
Final Questions & Closing Remarks
moderated by Michael Wilson

12:23 – 12:30
Closing Remarks by Ravi Narayanan

Organisers

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Australian Water Partnership
  • Asian Development Bank
  • International Water Management Institute
  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
  • Asia Pacific Water Forum

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