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WEF Nexus in Latin America // Innovative Communication Tools and Practices for fostering Multisectoral Cooperation and Learning

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.

Regional Exchange through Knowledge Cafés with Livestream via the Nexus Resource Platform

Jointly developed by the Latin America and Caribbean regional Nexus office in Chile and the Nexus program in Bolivia, the Workstream will foster an exchange among experts in water, energy, and food security with a vision towards the 2030 Agenda.  Weekly knowledge cafes for the LAC region are planned for August and September 2019, with agendas covering specific Nexus topics such as public policies for inter-sectoral planning, institutional experiences regarding coordination mechanisms, and experiences regarding the management and governance models for multipurpose dams in Bolivia.   This will bring together experts from five countries, with livestream participation via the Nexus Resource Platform (www.water-energy-food.org).  These events will provide valuable insight into the WEF Nexus experience in the region, revealing lessons learned and best practices applicable to other Nexus projects worldwide.

 

The GADER-ALC Network

The GADER-ALC network is part of the GIZ Sectoral networks, which promote learning and cooperation in the region by creating new connections and stimulating innovation in the areas of environment, biodiversity, water, energy, agriculture, climate and cities. The regional network facilitates exchange through regional conferences, strategy meetings and task teams, thereby creating value added for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the European Union (DG-DEVCO, EU) and other trusted partner organizations.

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Internship // Food-Energy-Water Systems Analysis (Year-round) Graduate Student Intern

A graduate student internship position is available in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Strategic Energy Analysis Center. NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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Publication // A 40-year review of food–energy–water nexus literature and its application to the urban scale

By Newell, J. P., Goldstein, B., & Foster, A. (2019). What research exists to date on the FEW nexus? How have scholars conceptualized these interactions at the urban scale? What are some promising approaches? Where are the research gaps? To answer these questions, this paper conducts a quantitative review of the academic literature on the FEW nexus (1399 publications) over more than four decades (1973–2017), followed by in-depth analysis of the most influential papers using an evaluation matrix...

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Policy Brief // Introducing Societal Metabolism Analysis via ‘MuSIASEM'

By Kerry A. Waylen, Kirsty L. Blackstock, Keith B. Matthews, Mario Giampietro. This paper introduces the Societal Metabolism Analysis, which is at the heart of the MAGIC project. It offers a way to characterise patterns of consumption and production associated with the metabolic patterns of different systems, thus enabling analysts to look across sectors and scales. It was developed by "MAGIC Nexus", a project by the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation program.

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