This article summarizes the outcomes of the Nexus Bolivia Forum “Nexus on Course towards 2025”, which took place on October 1st 2019 in La Paz, Bolivia. It was organized by the GIZ Nexus Bolivia Programme, which closes by the end of this year after three years of implementation. Besides presenting the main outcomes, results and lessons learned of the programme, the forum promoted the continuation of the intersectoral work among various organizations in the Latin America region.// more
This article summarizes the main outcomes and discussion points of the World Water Week 2019 session “Any Role for RBOs in Managing Water Conflicts?” Panelists from different regions highlighted the importance of RBOs in fostering dialogue and negotiation in order to solve water conflicts in transboundary basins. It was highlighted, to take the issue of basin management to the energy and agriculture sectors and thus the water, food and energy nexus.// more
The first Nexus Latin America Virtual Forum focused on the question, how the WEF Nexus approach contributes to conflict management within infrastructure projects such as multipurpose dams. Three cases from Chile, Mexico and the Niger River Basin in West Africa were presented by expert panelists and discussed in an interactive format with the online audience.// more
In this article, the authors explore what the WEF Nexus is, how to minimize trade-offs and maximise co-benefits within it, and what opportunities it offers to address the challenges of a changing climate. They further draw on ongoing research in Tanzania’s Rufiji River Basin – a case that exemplifies key issues in the WEF nexus – where ambitious development plans cut across several sectors and could be severely limited by future climate change.// more
A session of the Nexus Game was held during the 5th Targeted Regional Workshop for Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters (IW) Projects in Africa in Gaborone, Botswana. The Nexus Game is a social simulation that exposes players to nexus challenges connected to transboundary water management. This article describes the main findings and take-aways of the Nexus Game participants and how the game raises awareness and understanding for different needs and perspectives.// more
By Salman Zafar. This article discusses how renewable energy-powered desalination could be a sustainable opportunity to increase supply of potable water in MENA countries.// more
This article presents a research project conducted by the STEPS Centre, using the WEFE Nexus as a conceptual tool for transdisciplinary engagement through urban gardening in the peripheral area Novo Recreio in north Guarulhos, part of the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo, Brazil. It shows the notion of the WEFE Nexus has the potential to bring people together across different siloes, organisations, identities, institutions, levels and sectors. But could it contribute to wider struggles against...// more
The GIZ- sponsored Environmental Management and Rural Development Network in Latin America and the Caribbean (GADER-ALC) organized a regional meeting on Digitalization from May 7th to May 9th. The 2019 Nexus Workstream - coordinated by Bolivia and Chile - was awarded EUR 5000 from an Innovation Fund to carry out knowledge cafés for a regional exchange on the WEF Nexus approach as well as for a regional Nexus Forum to be held in La Paz, Bolivia, in September this year.// more
By Dr. Nisreen Lahham. The Nexus Regional Dialogue in the MENA region participated in the final workshop of the “Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus” project, held in Bangkok, Thailand, from May 22nd - May 23rd. This project, implemented by GIZ in partnership with UN-ESCAP and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), organized its final workshop, commemorating the...// more
By Jeremy Allouche. This interesting blog article by the social scientist Jeremy Allouche, is looking at the WEF Nexus from a different perspective by raising questions that go beyond the technical focus in engineering or environmental economics, or the mere search for efficient or effective solutions. Which methods and approaches are being applied – beyond expert/scientific-led methods, to transdisciplinary methods where local and experiential knowledge are part of the mix? How can different...// more
The Nexus Blog is a series of articles published during the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference. It aimed at creating debate and discussion around new approaches to address the critical resource challenges we face, which consider the interconnections within the water, energy and food security nexus.
In order to harness the voices of stakeholders around the nexus approach, the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future coordinated the Nexus Blog and invited a wide range of contributors with experience and expertise in at least one of the three nexus areas to submit an entry to the Nexus Blog.
The Nexus Blog is closed now.