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Urban Nexus // Mongolians Gain German Best Practice Experiences on Solid Waste Management and Waste Incineration

In order to cope with vast amounts of household waste, the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, is planning to create an environmentally friendly incineration plant. The National Development Agency is advising the Mongolian Government on technological aspects and respective financing mechanisms. In order to prepare for the tasks ahead, a Mongolian Delegation of the National Development Agency and Ulaanbaatar Municipality were invited to Germany to gain experiences on best practice examples on solid...

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Climate Change

Nexus Approach to tackle Climate Change Challenges // Climate Change Adaptation through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Southern Africa

Climate change is a complex and cross-cutting problem that needs an integrated and transformative systems approach to respond to the challenge. This review highlights climate change impacts on water, energy, and food resources in southern Africa, while exploring mitigation and adaptation opportunities. The review further recommends strategies to develop cross-sectoral sustainable measures aimed at building resilient communities. Regional WEF nexus related institutions and legal frameworks were...

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus // Dynamic and Interactive Urban Nexus Trainings in Indonesia

By Ruth Erlbeck, Ralph Trosse, Rashane SalaNgarm. Two back to back workshops were organized end of November 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia: an Urban Nexus Training and a Training of Trainers workshop. The interactive and participatory training introduced specific tools for analyzing urban Nexus challenges and defining influencing factors. The participants gave positive feedback on both parts of the workshops, expressing that the new perspectives and skills are of immense value for the daily work....

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus // Innovative Waste Water Management Workshop on Vacuum Sewer Systems in the United Arab Emirates

By Ruth Erlbeck, Ralph Trosse & Rashane Sala-Ngarm (The Urban Nexus Project). Most cities in Asia and the Middle East face similar issues regarding the collection of wastewater from households and other units. A workshop held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 6 to 7 November 2018, addressed these issues by introducing a specific vacuum waste water collection technology. This technology provides cities with an alternative solution to the conventional gravity system. The...

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Sessions, Panels and Side Events

COP24 // Climate Action, Land and the Nexus

The event will feature two panel discussions. The first panel will focus on examples of climate action in the domains of energy and food and linkages to land use policies. The second panel will focus on African stakeholders at the Nexus and discuss what research, innovation and new knowledge are required in the long run in order to strengthen their preparedness for the impacts of climate change.

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Climate Change

COP24 // The Paris Agreement and the Nexus of Water, Energy and Food: Policy Coherence and Serious Games

How could climate action be supported through Serious Games? Our panel focuses on examples of climate action in the domains of energy and food policies and related linkages to land use, and addresses the potential for learning from Serious Games.

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Event

Dialogo Interdisciplinare // Il "Water & Food Nexus" Nella Prospettiva Della Sciurezza Alimentare

Per esplorare il "Water&Food nexus" nella prospettiva della food safety, il prossimo 14 dicembre si svolge presso la Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna un Lunch Talk con la partecipazione di Claudia Cascio, Exposure Assessor dell'European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), l'agenzia europea incaricata della valutazione scientifica del rischio alimentare.

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Seminars

Nexus Seminar // Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Policy Implementation in Colombia

UNU-FLORES in collaboration with the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of TU Dresden is excited to announce the Nexus Seminar Series. The joint seminar series, which launched in 2015, features lectures by senior scholars that highlight all dimensions of research on the Nexus Approach, ranging from hands-on implementation strategies to theoretical debates.

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Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

Journal Paper // A Decision Support Tool to Enhance Agricultural Growth in the Mékrou River Basin (West Africa)

By Angel Udiasa; Marco Pastoria; Céline Dondeynaza; Cesar Carmona Moreno; Abdou Ali; Luigi Cattaneo; JavierCano. This paper describes the implementation of E-Water, an open software Decision Support System (DSS), designed to help local managers assess the Water Energy Food Environment (WEFE) nexus. E-Water aims at providing optimal management solutions to enhance food crop production at river basin level. The DSS was applied in the transboundary Mékrou river basin, shared among Benin, Burkina...

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Climate Change

Nexus Approach to tackle Climate Change Challenges // Climate Change Adaptation through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Southern Africa

Climate change is a complex and cross-cutting problem that needs an integrated and transformative systems approach to respond to the challenge. This review highlights climate change impacts on water, energy, and food resources in southern Africa, while exploring mitigation and adaptation opportunities. The review further recommends strategies to develop cross-sectoral sustainable measures aimed at building resilient communities. Regional WEF nexus related institutions and legal frameworks were...

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Policy Papers

Resource Use Efficiency under Growing Natural Resource Scarcity // Research Guide for Water-Energy-Food Nexus Analysis

By Claudia Ringler, Md. Hossain Alam Mondal, Helen Berga Paulos, Alisher Mirzabaev, Clemens Breisinger, Manfred Wiebelt, Khalid Siddig, Grace Villamor, Tingju Zhu, Elizabeth Bryan. Insights from “The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Global, Basin and Local Case Studies of Resource Use Efficiency under Growing Natural Resource Scarcity” project.

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Resource

Carta Circular N° 49 // Red de Cooperación en la Gestión Integral de Recursos Hídricos para el Desarrollo Sustentable en América Latina y el Caribe

La Carta Circular con N° 49 del Red de Cooperación en la Gestión Integral de Recursos Hídricos para el Desarrollo Sustentable en América Latina y el Caribe, se ocupa de la función así como la evaluación y planificación de los proyectos hídricos en América Latina y el Caribe. Se dedica una atención especial al Nexo entre agua, energía y alimentación.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Getting Credit for Solar // Partnering up to launch finance for smallholder irrigation

By Samwel Tobiko of Juhudi Kilimo, and Genia Sokolova. In Kenya, 80 percent of the population derive their livelihoods from agriculture, yet the share of agricultural finance in national credit is below 5 percent. Juhudi Kilimo, a Kenya-based microfinance institution, aims to address unmet demand for agricultural lending by focusing on rural smallholder farmers. Juhudi, through its Juhudi Labs division, recently joined with Winrock to launch one of the first credit facilities for solar...

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Media

Bangkok Post // Saving the Planet, Making Profit: A 'Nexus' Approach

Asean has put together an ambitious sustainable development agenda with its 2025 community vision. It has also played an important role in shaping the United Nations 2020 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda. If the 17 SDGs are achieved, this will combine with the impact of global trends such as climate change to intensify the competition for resources -- energy, water, raw materials and land.

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Media

CrossTalk // The Water, Food, and Energy Nexus: Rapid-Fire Research in 3 Quick Sentences

As the population of Earth increases, it is urgent that we develop in more sustainable ways. In response to this, the United Nations has identified what it terms the "water-food-energy nexus"—three resources that are in ever-higher demand.

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