Infrastructure Solutions in the Water - Energy - Food Nexus, Beijing, China

Symposium // Infrastructure Solutions in the Water - Energy - Food Nexus, Beijing, China

The purpose of the symposium is to share and discuss experiences of the water-energy-food nexus in China, and across the world.


Day 1, Thursday 13 November 2014, Framing the Nexus

8.30 - 9.00 Arrival and Registration

09.00-09.20 Session 1.0: Opening Session

Welcoming Address:

- Dr Mark Smith, Director, IUCN Global Water Programme, Switzerland

- Mr. Zheng Rugang, Secretary General of GWP China

- Tao Li, China Director, IWA

09.20-09.50 Session 1.1: The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions


- Explanation of the agenda and overview of the Symposium - why are we here?

- Brief Participant self-introductions

- Brief presentation about the global Dialogue. This will include a 5 minute video

09.50-11.10 Session 1.2: China and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The Nexus in China

1. Implementing the Strictest Water Resources Management System to Secure the Safety of Food and Ecology

Mrs Shi Qiuchi, Professor, Water Resources Department, Ministry of Water Resources

2. The Role and Prospect of Hydropower in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Dr. Liu Heng, Prof., Dr., Director - General, International Center on Small Hydropower, Vice Chair of GWP China Regional Technical Committe

3. The Farmland, Reservoirs and Food Security Nexus in China

Dr. Cai Dianxiong, Director of Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences and Member of GWP China Regional Technical Committee

Panel discussion

11.10 - 11.30 Break

11.30 - 13.00 Session 1.3: China and the Water - Energy - Food Nexus

1. How a PES supported forest restoration policy connected water-food-energy-evidence from the Conversion of Cropland to Forests Program in China

Xie Chen, China National Forestry Economics and Development Research Center, State Forestry Administration, Beijing

2. No Water = No Food & No Power

Feng Hu, China Water Risk

3. Coal Mining and Water

Li Shuo, Greenpeace China and Chinese Academy of Sciences

China's South to North water diversion project, climatic variation and human influence

Fang Dong, Senior Engineer, China Water Engineering Association

Plenary discussion

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14:00 - 15.30 Session 1.4: Global Experiences on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Presentations from around the world on the nexus as it manifests to different geographies, perspectives and problems

1. The nexus and resource scarcity/security in the Amazon

Helen Bellfield, Global Canopy Programme, Oxford, U.K

2. The challenges of the nexus for Asia with a focus on international law

Dr Patricia Wouters, Professor of International Law,

Founding Director, China International Water Law Programme, Xiamen Law School

3. The risks and opportunities of food-energy-environment-water linkages

Paul Wyroll, General Manager, FE2W Network, Managing editor Global Water Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

4. The Water for Energy Framework

Emmanuel Branche, Senior Economist Engineer, Generation & engineering, Sustainable Development Department, Electricité de France

Session Commentator: Jeremy Bird, Director General, International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka

16.00 - 17.30 Session 1.5: Global Experiences on the Water-Energy-Food

1. Water-Energy-Food Nexus Analytical Framework and Applications

Bassel Daher, Research Associate Texas A&M University, USA

2. Nexus Perspectives in Central Asia

Dr. Munira Aminova, Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussels

3. U.S. Perspectives and Case Studies on the Water Energy Food Nexus

Jordan Macknick, US National Renewable Energy Laboratory

4. Infrastructure development, food security and ways forward in the Mekong

Dr. Eric Baran, Senior Scientist, Worldfish, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

17.30 - 17.40 Session 1.6: Synthesis of discussions

Summary of the day — key points for the nexus — comments from Dr Mark Smith, IUCN

17.45 Day 1 Close

Dinner: Symposium Dinner, Friendship Hotel

Day 2 , Friday 14 November 2014, What Works in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus?

09:00 - 09.15 Introduction to Day 2

- Brief Recap from Day 1, and explanation of Day 2 activities

Session 2.1: Findings from the Synthesis Paper Brief presentations of findings from the Five Synthesis Paper authors

Introduction to the Synthesis Papers and objective of the session

1. 'Cleantech' for water, energy and food infrastructure solutions Simon Howarth, Mott MacDonald

2. Using the nexus to accelerate social development and support water stewardship and corporate engagement

James Dalton, IUCN/Stuart Orr, WWF International

3. Influencing pathways of investments for in the nexus

Kala Fleming, IBM Research-Africa

10.30 - 11.00 Break

11.00-12.30 Session

2.2: Findings from the Synthesis Papers

1. Natural infrastructure/ecosystems in the nexus

Todd Gartner, World Resources Institute

2. Power dynamics (policy and institutional change/collaboration) across the nexus

Dipak Gyawali, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation

Christopher Butler, University of California, Santa Cruz

Followed by clarifying questions and answers

12:30 - 13.30 Lunch

13:30 - 15.30 Session 2.3: Synthesis Paper Best Practice discussion

- Carousel discussion on synthesis paper findings with paper authors and Dialogue Secretaria

15.30 - 16.00 Break

16:00 - 17:00 Session 2.4: Synthesis Papers

Best Practice Feedback Session

- Synthesis author short feedback presentations of key common issues from the carousel discussion

17:00 - 17:15 Wrap Up of Day 2 and Close

Dinner: own arrangements

Day 3, Saturday 15 November 2014, Identifying Principles for the Nexus

09.00 - 09.15 Introduction to Day 3

- Brief Re-cap from Day 2, and explanation of Day 3 activities

09.15 - 10.10 Session

3.1 Policy Principles for Multi - Purpose and Multi - Sector Approaches

- Facilitated group discussions on principles from synthesis discussions, presentations from day, and participant experience

10.10 - 10.40 Session 3.2: Policy Principles for Multi-Purpose and Multi-Sector Approaches

- Presentation of framework and application of policy principles. Discussion.

10.40 - 11.00 Break

11.00 - 11.40 Session 3.3: Policy Principles discussion

- Group discussions of diagnosis of principles. Identification of:

-- Incentives for policy coherence

-- Configuration of actors and institutions

-- Joint visioning & planning

-- Good examples...

11.40 - 12.30 Session 3.4: Policy Principles discussion and review

- Group presentations on review of the policy principles and recommendations

- Panel reflection and review of the principles

- Discussion on operational practice and pilot opportunities

12.30 - 12.45 Session 3.5 - Review and Conclusions

- Explanation of next steps and symposium reporting

- Closing of the Symposium

-- Mr. James Dalton, IUCN

-- Ms. Katharine Cross, IWA

- Participant workshop evaluation

12.45 Lunch and Symposium End

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