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SDGs

Nexus and SDGs // Linking the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development Indicators for the Mediterranean Region

Food production and water provision are are two urgent socio-economic and environmental issues in the Mediterranean region. Because these aspects are closely linked, they need to be tackled by an integrated approach known as Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus, with JRC highly engaged. Not only the global food crises of 2008 and 2011 drew attention to the crucial role of food security in the Mediterranean basin, especially considering the consequences for social and political equilibrium in the certain countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Water use and agricultural practices in the Mediterranean area are unsustainable. The situation is worsened by the increased frequency of droughts and floods, as well as desertification and soil depletion, associated with climate change. The aim of the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)  is to foster an integrated programme of sustainable food production and water provision in the framework of the water-energy-food nexus. A monitoring tool developed under PRIMA is based on the Sustainable Development Goals, two of which are specifically dedicated to food security (SDG 2) and sustainable management of water resources (SDG 6).

The 12 indicators that have been chosen to be monitored in the Mediterranean are the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), population overweight, land use, GHG emissions, cereal yield, agriculture value added, fertilizer consumption, crop water productivity, annual freshwater withdrawal for agriculture, rural population served with safely managed water service and sanitation and the amount of agricultural residues used for energy purposes. Datasets for these indicators are collected by international bodies such as the World Bank, WHO, FAO and UNFCCC; recent series are available for almost all Mediterranean countries and are constantly updated. The aim of the proposed monitoring tool is to keep track of the impact generated by PRIMA research and innovation projects in the Mediterranean countries.

Source: press release by EC Science HUB

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Modelling and Assessment

Tools // New Version of the Nexus Tools Platform 2.0

The Nexus Tools Platform aims at facilitating the application of a cross-sectoral Nexus Approach to environmental resources management. This requires a holistic understanding of the interlinkages of environmental processes. However, no single modelling tool is available or even conceivable which covers all aspects and processes related to the nexus of resources. The Nexus Tools Platform by UNU-FLORES is an integrated modelling tool that tries to achieve this. In its beta version, NTP 2.0 offers...

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Mountains

Job Vacancy // Research Analyst II (Food, Forests and Water Program) at WRI

WRI seeks a full-time, limited-term Research Analyst II to join WRI's Food, Forests, and Water Program. This position will support, coordinate, and contribute to high-quality research products, stakeholder outreach, and development efforts across a range of topics, teams, and geographies, supporting overall objectives of advancing transformative solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustaining forests for future generations, and ensuring a water-secure future.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

El Nexo y Agricultura // El Proyecto Sahara Forest

Convertir el desierto en un lugar verde y sostenible es el objetivo ambicioso del Proyecto Bosque del Sahara, establecido en Jordania en 2016. La iniciativa comenzó a utilizar instalaciones de desalinización de agua y fotovoltaicas para convertir hasta 20 hectáreas de desierto en un oasis.

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