Nexus News // Archive 2019

Nexus Blog

A Nexus for Basin Organisations in the Sahel // Multisectoral comparison: OMVS - LCBC - NBA

By Luca Ferrini (Project Manager, Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme Niger Basin) and Lucia Benavides. This article provides a comparative analysis about the level of integration of different sectors within the mission statements of three River Basin Organisations in the Sahel: the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS by its French acronym), the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and the Niger Basin Authority (NBA). It further stresses different focus areas of the mission statements,...

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus // Student Exchange Program on the Urban Nexus Approach in Housing Design

By Ruth Erlbeck, Ralph Trosse, Rashane Sala-Ngarm (GIZ Project Integrated Resource Management in Asian cites: the Urban Nexus). This article introduces a student exchange programme for Architecture and Engineering students from Thailand and the Philippines to learn about applying the Urban Nexus approach in energy efficient low cost housing design through the topic of “Micro-architecture”. This university network is supposed to continue after the end of the project duration of the Urban Nexus...

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Peace and conflict

Vacancy // Advisor (m/f/d) on Improving Security and Climate Resilience through Nexus Approaches (GIZ)

Vacant position at a GIZ project, that aims at improving security and climate resilience in fragile contexts through the water, energy and food security nexus. A method for analysing the connections between resource use, the effects of climate change and conflicts will be developed and tested. Activities are planned in the Lake Chad and Niger River basins (Niger, Chad, Mali).

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Nexus Blog

Nexus Blog // Four Reasons Small Farms are running out of Water – and how we can fix it

By Meredith Giordano, Olcay Ünver and Jennie Barron | International Water Management Institute (IWMI). In this opinion piece the authors argue how water scarcity on small farms is not simply a matter of ‘not enough water’. Addressing this scarcity also requires overcoming issues of access, equity and siloed thinking. The right business models can support smallholder farmers to address water scarcity.

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Peace and conflict

Transboundary Basin // Water-Energy-Food Nexus Sustainability in the Upper Blue Nile (UBN) Basin

By Mariam M. Allam and Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. This paper presents a framework for optimal allocation of a river basin's land and water resources between rain-fed and irrigated agriculture and hydropower. This framework is applied on the UBN basin as a case study of a water-scarce transboundary basin with escalated conflicts between the stakeholder countries sharing its waters to help find win-win opportunities. The land-water allocation model finds significant potential for expanding rain-fed...

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SDGs

WEF Nexus and SDGs // Toward an Understanding of Synergies and Trade-Offs Between Water, Energy, and Food SDG Targets

By Marianela Fader, Colleen Cranmer, Richard Lawford and Jill Engel-Cox. This paper introduces the results of an assessment, which identified the greatest synergies and trade-offs between SDG 2 (food), SDG 6 (water) and SDG 7 (energy). A methodology was developed, which analyzed the SDGs for their input requirements, infrastructure needs, and the risks and benefits for the provision of ecosystem services.

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Jobs

Vacancy // Berater (m/w/d) grenzüberschreitendes Wasserressourcenmanagement (GIZ)

Für das Vorhaben „Organisationsberatung der Tschadseebeckenkommission“ ist bei der GIZ eine Stelle ab Mai zu besetzen.

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Implementation

Book // Clean Water Using Solar and Wind: Outside the Power Grid

By Gustaf Olsson. Solar photo-voltaic (PV) and wind offer to bring both clean energy and clean water to remote regions and peri-urban areas in the world, outside the conventional electric grids. This book aims to show how clean water and clean energy are reachable for all while contributing to both a better climate and a healthier life.

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Research

Power Dynamics and Integration in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Learning Lessons for Transdisciplinary Research in Cambodia

By Christian Bréthaut, Louise Gallagher, James Dalton, Jeremy Allouche. This article investigates power-related enabling conditions for integration processes in a situation of water, food and energy conflicts. This is being analysed using the case of a WWF Conservation Mekong Flooded Forest Landscape.

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Research

Workshop Summary // Maps, Measures and Narratives for Transdisciplinary Research - A workshop for the ESRC Nexus Network

The report summarises the activities and discussions at the workshop coordinated by the ESRC Nexus Network at the UCL Institute of Global Prosperity on 1 May 2018. It offers some conclusions and recommendations drawn from the insights provided by the participants, who were all researchers with experience of working on transdisciplinary research projects.

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