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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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Nexus Blog

Nexus Blog // Reconciling Growth with Nature’s Gifts - Toward an Improved Decision-Making Framework for Two of Africa’s Transboundary Basins

By Patience Mukuyu, Researcher, IWMI. Africa’s Omo-Turkana and Zambezi River Basins, like other transboundary systems across the developing world, pose a complex dilemma for stakeholders in the management of water and land resources. How to boost regional growth in the basins through hydropower development and irrigation, while also addressing concerns about the impacts of infrastructure development on ecosystem services and the local communities whose livelihoods depend on these?

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Peace and conflict

Nexus Blog // Water-Migration Nexus and the Human Displacement Discourse

By Nidhi Nagabhatla. The author discusses the complex relationship between the WEF nexus and human migration – and its importance in relation to policy and decision making, in both the region of origin and destination.

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Jobs

Vacancy // Berater (m/w/d) Globales Nexus Sekretariat

Das GIZ Programm "Nexus Regionaldialoge" hat die Stelle des Globalen Nexus Sekretariates (GNS) mit Sitz in Eschborn, Deutschland, ausgeschrieben. Das Globale Nexus Sekretariat koordiniert die Implementierung der Nexus Regionaldialoge in fünf Regionen weltweit (Lateinamerika und Karibik, MENA, Niger Becken, Zentralasien, südliches Afrika).

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Jobs

Vacancy // Executive Director of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)

The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) calls for applications for the vacant position as Executive Director. Application Deadline 5. March 2019.

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Modelling and Assessment

Nexus Modelling // Involving the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in Integrating Low-Income and Isolated Communities

By Brenda Cansino-Loeza and José María Ponce-Ortega. This work presents a general mathematical programming model for satisfying water, energy, and food needs in isolated and low-income communities involving different process integration approaches. As a case study, the community with the lowest index of poverty and marginalization from the State of Guerrero in Mexico is presented. The problem consists in determining the optimal and sustainable configuration to satisfy the energy, water, and...

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Nexus Blog // Solar Fields of Green: Researchers Find Symbiosis at the Food-Water-Energy Nexus

By Andrew Burger. Researchers around the world are discovering a variety of benefits resulting from installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems on farms and ranch lands, as well as the use of solar energy to power pumps for irrigation systems. The author analyses various positive effects of the use of solar-power energy in the agriculture sector both, in countries in the Global North and the Global South. Examples are longer growing seasons, more water-efficient biomass and a...

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SDGs

Nexus Blog // Resource Nexus Approaches Can Inform Policy Choices

By Stacy D. VanDeveer, Raimund Bleischwitz and Catalina Spataru. The unabated growth of natural resource consumption raises risks that we will outstrip the capacities of ecosystems and governance institutions. At the same time, to achieve important global goals related to poverty alleviation, public health, equity and economic development such as those embodied in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we will simultaneously need more resources and better management of natural...

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Nexus Blog

Nexus Blog // The Internet of Things as a Key Enabler for Quantifying the Water, Energy and Food Nexus

By Harris Moysiadis. This article explores how the Internet of Things concept could facilitate the implementation of the water, energy and food nexus. The author introduces the H2020 project “Innovative eco-technologies for Resource Recovery from Waste-water” (INCOVER). It is argued that platforms and technologies offered by the Internet of Things could have a profound role in quantifying, visualising and sharing important data that would help state and non-state actors to plan, develop and...

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