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Jobs

PhD Opportunity // Food-Energy-Water Nexus in Drylands at the University of Arizona

Prof. Greg Barron-Gafford is looking for a PhD student to start in the Fall of 2019 to work at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in Drylands. Municipalities and states – particularly those in the Southwestern United States –increasingly seek resilience strategies to manage expanding populations and demands for food and energy. At the same time, a changing climate threatens our historic reliance on dwindling sources of water and may reduce capacity for food and renewable energy production.

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Hydropower

Hydropower // Is the Consideration of a Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus a Solution on the Search for Greener Hydropower?

By Miroslav Marence and Mário Franca. Hydropower is accountable for approximately 16% of world electrical energy production and it is the largest renewable energy source. Like it or not, hydropower is a key element in the renewable energy mix, thus an inevitable resource to be considered when equating the reduction of carbon emissions from electricity production. But they also have a lot of negative impacts on the surrounding ecosystems and the people living on the river. Can the Nexus approach...

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Modelling and Assessment

Assessment // The Transboundary Basin Nexus Assessment (TBNA) Methodology

Interview with the authors of the UNECE Synthesis Report on the TBNA Methodology Mario Roidt and Lucia de Strasser. What are insights and lessons learned from the implementation of this methodology? What are suggestions for the way forward to better manage transboundary basins with a Nexus approach?

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News

Opinion // Governing the "Nexus"

By Zora Kovacic. The “Nexus” is a popular term because it opens the possibility to form policy alliances. Speaking of the Nexus makes it possible to change the language from the discussion of “trade-offs” and “limits” to the creation of “synergies”, “opportunities” and “win-win” solutions. In the European context, this means that environmental concerns about the sustainable use of natural resources such as land, water and renewable energies, is not cast in opposition to economic goals but rather...

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Webinars

Webinar // Opportunities of Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach

The American University of Beirut (AUB) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) invite you to a webinar presenting the findings published in the Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) Special Issue: Opportunities in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach: Innovatively driving economic development, social well-being, and environmental sustainability.

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Workshops

Workshop // Resource Nexus Policy & Cluster Workshop

The Resource Nexus Policy & Cluster Workshop is co-organised by the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), SIM4NEXUS, MAGIC, and DAFNE, and will bring together EU-funded projects related to the resource nexus as well as other (non-EU funded) related initiatives with the objective to stimulate peer-to-peer and science-to-policy discussions on how to get the most out of nexus research for the benefit of society and policymaking.

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Networking

Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) // Info Day

PRIMA is glad to announce that a PRIMA Infoday will take place at the UfM Premises, in Barcelona for the presentation of PRIMA AWP 2019 in view of the official launch of the 2019 Call for proposals. The event will provide information about the PRIMA initiative and all aspects of the Call process.

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Conferences, Forums and Symposiums

2018 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy

The Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy is the largest annual knowledge-sharing event in the Greater Mekong. It presents research-based evidence to non-governmental organisations, policy-makers, the private sector, and development agencies. It does this through carefully designed and facilitated dialogues.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Plumbing Engineer // The Water-Energy-Nexus and Geothermal Systems

By Jay Egg. The water-energy Nexus is a term used to describe the interdependence between water and energy in our lives. In the development of master planned communities, the water-energy Nexus is front and centre and has yet to realise its full potential. As an example, the U.S, Department of Energy estimates that 350 billion kilowatt-hours per year of energy paid for by its citizens goes down the drain. It is just the beginning.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

The Urban Resource Nexus // On the Politics of Relationality, Water–Energy Infrastructure and the Fallacy of Integration

By Joe Williams, Stefan Bouzarovski, Erik Swyngedouw. The ‘resource Nexus’ has emerged over the past decade as an important new paradigm of environmental governance, which emphasises the interconnections, tensions and synergies between sectors that have traditionally been managed separately. Nexus thinking presents itself as a radically new approach to integrated governance in response to interconnected socio-environmental challenges and constraints.

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Urban Nexus

Special Issue // Systems Thinking and Urban Water Cycle Management

Equitable social, economic and environmental management of water resources and ecosystem services is central to planning for a world challenged by population growth and an increasingly variable climate. The evolution of urban areas to accommodate growing populations and in response to economic development results in profound changes to the natural water cycle and creates a modified urban water cycle. Among these, the Urban Nexus can be one answer to sustainable, future-proof water management.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

(Re)thinking (Re)connection // Young People, “Natures” and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in São Paulo State, Brazil

By Peter Kraftl, Jose Antonio Perrella Balastieri, Arminda Eugenia Marques Campos, Benjamin Coles, Sophie Hadfield‐Hill, John Horton, Paulo Valladares Soares, Mateus Ricardo Nogueira Vilanova, Catherine Walker, Cristana Zara. This paper critically analyses pervasive contemporary discourses that call for children and young people to be “reconnected” with nature and natural resources. Simultaneously, it reflects on emerging forms of nexus thinking and policy that seek to identify and govern...

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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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