The Nexus Resource Platform is widening its scope to include a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. In this regard, NRP spoke with the social start-up “Effishent”, an Enactus Manheim project. The founders, Simon Simanovski, 22, and Alex Pirkebner, 23, developed a low-cost aquaponics system and combined it with a social business model. The aquaponics technology combines fish farming with vegetable cultivation in a closed loop water circulation. In comparison to conventional farming...// more
In this interview, the Nexus Resource Platform speaks with Bassel Daher of Texas A&M University’s Water-Energy-Food Research Group about the article ‘Developing Socio-Techno-Economic-Political (STEP) Solutions for Addressing Resource Nexus Hotspots’ published in 'Sustainability' in February 2018.// more
Interview with Benjamin Pohl: "The costs of the status quo of water management in Central Asia are very significant, but we can currently observe a lot of progress and optimism on water cooperation in the region."// more
Dr. Rabi Mohtar is one of the key researchers in the field of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. His primary research priority is the development of a framework to quantify the interlinkages of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus that is constrained by climate change and social, political, and technological pressures.// more
Felix Dodds is a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute and a Senior Affiliate at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He was the co-director of the 2014 Nexus Conference on Water, Food, Energy and Climate and has become a leading voice for the Nexus. Felix makes the start for a new series of Nexus interviews.// more
Interview with Ciarán Ó Cuinn, director of the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), an international organisation working on solutions to fresh water scarcity in the Middle East.// more
"Among the factors that constrain the States in addressing the nexus in a transboundary setting are missing agreements or institutions, composition or limited mandate of existing institutions, decision-making processes and weak enforcement capacity." An interview with Nick Bonvoisin, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.// more
"The 'call-to-action' through the Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions is to those leading transformations in water infrastructure planning, financing and operation — the people driving change in the use and management of water." An interview with Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme, and Ger Berkamp, interim Executive Director, IWA// more
"This tool provides a common space and a platform for different decision making entities to create various scenarios and predict their resource demands. A scenario is composed of the choice of food self-sufficiencies for locally consumed food products, choice of water and energy sources, as well as countries of import," says Rabi Mohtar, Executive Director of Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI)// more
An interview with Diego Rodriguez, Senior Economist and Task Team Leader TWIWA, World Bank on the World Bank Initiative "Quantifying Tradeoffs of the Water-Energy Nexus".// more
The Nexus interviews is a series of interviews with recognized personalities from science, policy-making, the corporate sector, international finance institutions and other international and UN organizations on the water, energy and food security nexus.
The series aims to illustrate the various perspectives on the Nexus as well as the various approaches, current solutions and specific role of the various stakeholders.