Sharing knowledge on the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus
Our mission is to foster a paradigm shift in the international development agenda, from sectoral development interventions towards an integrated resource-use approach by sharing the knowledge on the Nexus approach.
More than one-quarter of the energy used globally is needed for food production and supply and the agricultural sector is the largest user of the world’s freshwater resources. At the same time, water scarcity already affects 2.1 billion people.
Sectoral planning in the water, energy and agricultural sectors can lead to unintended, negative consequences, which in turn worsens livelihoods and undermines sustainable development. Today's resource governance is insufficiently steered towards achieving a balanced water, food and energy security for humankind.
Single-mindedly pursuing individual goals may interfere with other sectors!
Increasing electricity production
- More abstraction of water for cooling
- Less water for other sectors and the environment
- Less water security
Intensifying agricultural production
- More land used for growing food
- Competition over land resources (eg. biofuels vs. crops as food)
- More use of fertilisers
- Contamination of water resources
- Less water security downstream
Reducing sectoral trade-offs
Avoid or limit negative externalities
Enhancing resource efficiency
Solutions designed to address multiple challenges simultaneously
Encreased Political legitimacy, political stability
Leverage synergies towards overarching development goals
The WEF Nexus approach in practice
The Nexus Resource Platform is managed by GIZ as part of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme. Our goal is to institutionalise the WEF Nexus approach in national and regional governance structures and investment decisions and to engage the public and private investors for WEF Nexus projects. We are active in five different regions.
Through the Nexus Resource Platform, you can further your understanding of the WEF Nexus approach and its implementation around the world.