Water-Energy-Food Nexus Tool
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Tool Development // Water-Energy-Food Nexus Tool

A new tool for identifying sustainable resource management strategies governed by the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus, especially tailored for Qatar

Water, energy, and food (WEF) securities are sensitive keys for building a sustainable economy. In fact, a high level of interconnectedness exists between the three resources. These resources form a nexus which itself is affected by external factors such as a growing population, changing economies, international trade, governance, health impacts, environmental impacts, and climate change. Recognizing the intimate connection between these resources is necessary to move to more integrative approach for resource management.

QEERI is currently engineering a comprehensive tool, specifically tailored for Qatar, that is aimed at identifying sustainable resource management strategies governed by the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus. This tool will incorporate the following features:

-The tool will allow the creation of multiple scenarios composed of different variations of local food production levels, water sources, energy sources, and food import sources.

-The output will include a holistic summary of resource needs for a given scenario, including water, energy, land and financial requirements, as well as identify environmental impacts. Current and foreseen bottlenecks could thus be recognized, leading to the initiation of resource management action plans.

With this tool in place, QEERI offers an innovative sustainability model that could be adopted locally as well as in similar arid environments.

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Climate Change

Nexus Blog // Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in a warming Climate

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.

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Dresden Nexus Conference DNC2020

Call for Abstracts // Dresden Nexus Conference 2020

The call for abstracts for the upcoming Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 is now open! The Dresden Nexus Conference is an international conference series dedicated to advancing research on and the implementation of a Nexus Approach to environmental resource management and to fostering dialogue on how nexus thinking contributes to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Research

Call for Nexus Research Proposals // Call with South Africa on Water-Energy-Food Nexus

This call marks the start of a new cooperation programme with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and falls under the Merian Fund. The programme aims to further stimulate joint, impact-oriented research between Dutch and South African researchers. The first call for proposals focuses on the WEF nexus within major societal challenges. The deadline for submission is 26 September 2019.

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