Nexus News // Archive 2018

Urban Nexus

Vacancy // Research Assistant at TU Berlin in SUGI Programme

Technical University (TU) Berlin, Faculty VI - Institute of Ecology/Ecohydrology and Landscape Evaluation, is looking for a research assistant for supporting the EU project "Vertical Green 2.0" im Programm Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus".

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Sanitation and Wastewater

The Urban Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Three Mini Case Studies

By Robert C. Brears. With rising demand for water, energy, and food, leading cities and water utilities have created synergies between the water-energy-food nexus sectors while reducing trade-offs in the development of a green economy.

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News

Call for Applications // Data to Motivate Synthesis in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

SESYNC has developed a platform and a facilitated process oriented around data discovery to motivate synthesis research in the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus. The Data to Motivate Synthesis (DTMS) platform supports exploration of publicly available social and natural system data that characterize FEW systems in the United States context. The DTMS platform consists of empirical and conceptual metadata for each data source and the measurements within it, and a web interface that allows users to...

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Jobs

PhD Opportunity // Food-Energy-Water Nexus in Drylands at the University of Arizona

Prof. Greg Barron-Gafford is looking for a PhD student to start in the Fall of 2019 to work at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in Drylands. Municipalities and states – particularly those in the Southwestern United States –increasingly seek resilience strategies to manage expanding populations and demands for food and energy. At the same time, a changing climate threatens our historic reliance on dwindling sources of water and may reduce capacity for food and renewable energy production.

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Hydropower

Hydropower // Is the Consideration of a Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus a Solution on the Search for Greener Hydropower?

By Miroslav Marence and Mário Franca. Hydropower is accountable for approximately 16% of world electrical energy production and it is the largest renewable energy source. Like it or not, hydropower is a key element in the renewable energy mix, thus an inevitable resource to be considered when equating the reduction of carbon emissions from electricity production. But they also have a lot of negative impacts on the surrounding ecosystems and the people living on the river. Can the Nexus approach...

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Modelling and Assessment

Assessment // The Transboundary Basin Nexus Assessment (TBNA) Methodology

Interview with the authors of the UNECE Synthesis Report on the TBNA Methodology Mario Roidt and Lucia de Strasser. What are insights and lessons learned from the implementation of this methodology? What are suggestions for the way forward to better manage transboundary basins with a Nexus approach?

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News

Opinion // Governing the "Nexus"

By Zora Kovacic. The “Nexus” is a popular term because it opens the possibility to form policy alliances. Speaking of the Nexus makes it possible to change the language from the discussion of “trade-offs” and “limits” to the creation of “synergies”, “opportunities” and “win-win” solutions. In the European context, this means that environmental concerns about the sustainable use of natural resources such as land, water and renewable energies, is not cast in opposition to economic goals but rather...

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

SPIS // Kickstarting India’s Multi-billion Dollar Solar Irrigation Scheme

By Shehnab Sahin, CCAFS South Asia. A multi-stakeholder policy consultation assesses the best way forward for implementing a scheme to promote solar farming in India

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News

Opinion // The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Guiding Light or a Continuation of Power Relations?

By Micaela Edelson. Water is complex. It’s defined as either an economic or social good, varies across time and space, and is increasingly scarce. As of 2015, 663 million people globally lacked access to clean drinking water. This complexity causes an international dispute about managing water as a resource. There is also a range of views on how to address water insecurity—a priority outlined in the sixth Sustainable Development Goal.

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News

Implementation // SADC’s Draft WEF Nexus Operational Framework Reviewed at Transboundary River Basin Level

The SADC Secretariat is leading the development of a SADC WEF Nexus Operational Framework through the European Union (EU) supported WEF nexus regional dialogue and investment project. The operational framework is expected to provide an overall guidance and tools to make decisions, and facilitate coordination between different sectors and enhance investment in the SADC region.

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