"Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus", Rome/Italy

Workshop // "Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus", Rome/Italy

The workshop will identify specific examples of where Earth Observations (EO) can add to WEF Nexus assessments, review the information needs of resource managers and policy makers dealing with WEF issues, inform users on the use of EO to address issues related to water, energy and food security; To assess gaps in monitoring information and services that could be addressed by satellite data products, and develop a report synthesizing the state of EO applications to WEF issues, based on the workshop results.

The results will be directed at the sponsoring agencies and the May 2014 UNEP-GWSP conference, and will include recommendations for expanding the support from the Earth Observations community for the WEF nexus.

In recent years, the Water-Energy-Food Nexus has become a 'hot topic' at international conferences, workshops and debates. The 2011 World Economic Forum identified the issue as a critical area for the global economy over the next few decades. This view has been reiterated at the 2011 Bonn Conference on the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus as well as in subsequent regional and national policy consultations. Water, energy and food systems are essential to ensuring WEF security, but have come under increasing pressure due to population growth, growing demand for food and diversified diets, resource degradation and scarcity, climate change and governance issues.

Satellite Earth observations, in conjunction with in situ data, can be used to more efficiently plan policies and programmes related to water, energy and food security. Earth observations deliver information at global, regional and local scales; provide access to regions where data are otherwise inaccessible or unavailable and deliver consistent data needed for monitoring. They support advice on water resource management, monitor trade- offs between land use and measuring local water consumption by crops, and contribute across the WEF Nexus by putting WEF issues in a geospatial context that's coherent, reliable and unbiased.


-Earth Observations and the WEF Security Nexus

-Global and regional factors affecting the WEF Security Nexus

-EO/FAO/GWSP projects relating Energy and Food; Water and Food; and Water and Energy

-ESA/FAO/GWSP projects relating water, energy and food

-Governance issues

-The role of land and ecosystems in the WEF Nexus


The workshop will be open to anyone who wishes to participate (up to a maximum of 35); we welcome participants from academia, national governments, international organisations, civil society and the private sector working on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and/or with Earth Observations data.

Presentations will include a mix of invited and unsolicited papers. Invited papers will be given primarily by ESA investigators, FAO scientists and experts and GWSP scientists.

If you wish to participate, please fill the below format and indicate whether you intend to present a paper (oral or poster).

Venue and Logistics

The workshop will take place at the

Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO),

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla,

00153 Rome, Italy

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