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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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Governance

WEF Nexus Research // Solar Energy Farming as a Development Innovation for Vulnerable Water Basins

By Mohammad Al-Saidi and Nisreen Lahham. This article evaluates a project from the Azraq Basin in Jordan, and presents similar international experiences, particularly from India. It assesses solar energy farming as an innovation from a water-energy-food nexus perspective.

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Capacity Building

Nexus Game // Nexus Simulation at GEF meeting in Gaborone, Botswana

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.

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Desalination

Nexus Blog // Desalination Outlook for MENA

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.

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