The Nexus Platform is enabled by
The Nexus Platform is enabled by
The International University of Rabat (UiR)
18-20 Dec 2017
Participation is by invitation only.
Water use is indispensably related to food production, and energy generation. Such complex interactions define the “Water- Energy-Food Nexus” (WEF Nexus), which is more and more central to water policy analysis and design everywhere. Water resources are particularly limited and vulnerable to pollution and weather extremes in the Maghreb countries. Yet, environmental protection is still considered partly in conflict with economic growth. The integrated perspective provided by the WEF Nexus may help meeting the needs of water use, by stimulating appropriate investments in the Maghreb region, on the basis of consistent and effective water policy and water governance.
The WEF nexus framework is particularly suited to the Maghreb region given the stressors, constraints and strong interdependencies between sectors. It is further necessitated by the cross-sectorial effect of climate change predicted for the region. The understanding of the dynamics of the water, energy and food sectors is essential for developing effective strategies for the sustainable use of these resources.
This theme focus on analyzing how global change affects the links between the water, energy and agricultural sector. We will especially address the question how future changes in climate and water demand may affect trade-offs and synergies between water for energy and food. To address these issues, MEDRC Water Research Center of Oman will organize in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation of Germany and the International University of Rabat (UIR) of Morocco a 2-days regional workshop (plus one day for technical visit) gathering renowned international experts together with representatives from the Ministries and other players of water, energy and agriculture in the Maghreb countries.
This international workshop will be a unique opportunity to transfer knowledge and help implementing the WEF concept in the Maghreb countries.
The workshop will highlight several aspects of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: (Water regulation and policies, Water resources and sustainable development goals (SDGs), Desalination and the use of renewables, Wastewater treatment, Renewable and sustainable energy resources, integrated energy-water planning, Energy efficiency, Solar and wind energy potential, water use efficiency and water productivity in agriculture).
The objectives of this Workshop are to:
08.30 – 09.00
Arrival & Registration
09.00 – 10.30
Welcoming & Opening remarks
Moroccan Authorities (Minister or Secretary of State)
10.30 – 10.45
Coffee Break & Group photo
10.45 – 11.00
WEF Nexus in Morocco: Challenges & Opportunities
11.00 – 11.15
WEF Nexus in Algeria: Challenges & Opportunities
11.15 – 11.30
WEF nexus in Tunisia: Challenges & Opportunities
11.30 – 11.45
WEF nexus in Mauritania: Challenges & Opportunities
11.45 – 12.00
WEF nexus in Libya: Challenges & Opportunities
12.00 – 12.30
12.30 – 13.30
13.30 – 13.45
WEX Nexus in Morocco: Desalination for Domestic and Agriculture uses
13.45 – 14.00
WEF Nexus in Algeria: Motivations, policies, challenges & opportunities
14.00 – 14.15
The WEF nexus in Tunisia: A way for achieving SDG6 and opportunities of success.
14.15 – 14.45
Discussion & Coffee Break
14.45 – 15.00
Desalination in Gaza: Water & Energy needs
15.00 – 15.15
EcoPeace’s Water Energy Nexus project
15.15 – 15.30
15.30 – 15.45
The CHRICHIRA Hydropower project, SONEDE
15.45 – 16.00
Sahara Wind Power Project: A Regional Catalyst for Renewables
16.00 – 16.15
Solar energy in Morocco: Projects achievements and feature development (Noor)
16.15 – 16.45
16.45 – 16.45
Lecture by Dr Floor Brouwer, Wageningen University & Research at Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, introducing the SIM4NEXUS project, a research and innovation action to support nexus-compliant practices in Europe....
Lecture by Quentin Grafton, chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance
Lecture by Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors’ (AEESP) Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Pedro Alvarez