As a result participants identified Nexus challenges in their respective countries, and will try to use the benefit from Nexus approach to find solutions. The participants identified a concrete project in their countries aiming to increase water security, energy security or food security, the design of which could benefit from a nexus approach.
Participants expressed a realization that projects connected to natural resource planning and management of water, energy and food are often designed and implemented in a sectoral way. They also noted that resource scarcity, population growth and impacts of climate change increase pressure on existing natural resources and call for integrated solutions across sectors.
Participants reflected on the importance of negotiation, power balances, and the central role of sustainability in finding compromise between different sectors. Compromise was not just seen as negative, but actually led to a sustainable solution which benefits all interests in the long run and efficiency in the use of resources.
Participants used practical methodology to assess the impact of projects on different sectors in order to strengthen synergies and minimize trade-offs using the "Risks and Options Assessment for Decision-making” (ROAD), a tool to calculate the impact of the three case study projects on the four sectors (water, energy, food and environment).
Participants visited sites at Strathmore University where green ideas are already in use such as rain water harvesting, solar water heating, use of photovoltaic produced electricity, use of food leftover to produce biogas and green buildings.
- Maria Ana Rodriguez, Global Nexus Secretariat: email@example.com
- Luca Ferrini, Nexus Regional Dialogue Niger Basin: firstname.lastname@example.org
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