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SDGs

HLPF Nexus Side Event Presentation // Addressing Resilience through the Nexus of Water-Food-Energy – Cities as SDG Laboratories

By Felix Dodds. The Nexus community is growing in numbers, in depth of analysis and in influence. While the focus of the existing Nexus is on Water, Energy, Food, and Climate, the time has come to consider applying the approach more widely as it can help to enhance the understanding of connections among other issue such as health, gender, human mobility, population growth and other matters pertaining to the 2030 Agenda.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Getting Pumped // A Quest to Finance Solar Irrigation in Kenya

By Evgenia Sokolova. Solar pumping is a well established technology. But financing solar irrigation can be difficult, escpeially for small farmers.

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Sanitation and Wastewater

Water Supply in Southeast Asia // "Water is life, contaminated water might mean death"

By Ruth Ehrbeck. 2.1 billion (3 in 10) people worldwide lack access to safe, readily available water, 4.5 billion (6 in 10) people worldwide lack safely managed sanitation, though there is a human right to water and sanitation! The energy cost for pumping water and treating waste water closely links water and energy. As part of the Urban Nexus Programme, GIZ has set up metering and monitoring schemes in India's city of Rajkot and in Korat in Thailand.

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News

Nexus Knowledge Dissemination // KWR Launches The Circonomist News Site

KWR has launched The Circonomist news site in collaboration with Dutch water companies and the Flemish De Watergroep. The English-language online newspaper aims to become an international source of trade and scientific news on the water, energy and food nexus in the circular economy.

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Workshops

MEDRC Workshop // The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus across Borders

This 2 1/2 day workshop looks especially at implications of a cross-border implementation of the Nexus approach.

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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (SWWW) // Water, Ecosystems and Human Development

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organised by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development.” In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organisations from 135 countries participated in the event.

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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Session // Pollution-Driven Water Scarcity for Ecosystems and Human Uses Worldwide

To meet the SDGs, we need to understand regional hotspots of water scarcity, both in terms of water quantity and quality. This session focuses on the modelling of causes, impacts and solutions to reduce the gap between the supply and demand of clean water to ecosystem functioning and societal needs.

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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Panel // Using Information Tools on Multifunctional Nature-based Solutions to Achieve SDGs

The implementation of the water- and interrelated SDGs calls for joint action by various stakeholder groups empowered by the provision of data, information and knowledge on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) through modern easy-to-use information and communication tools. The objective of the event is to understand how information tools need to be designed to optimize and increase the use of multifunctional nature-based solutions.

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SDGs

Presentation // Nexus Message on Water-Energy-Food-Climate Through an Urban Lens

By Felix Dodds. Held at the HLPF Side event on "Addressing Resilience through the Nexus of Water-Food-Energy – Cities as SDG Laboratories", 17 July 2018, at United Nations Headquarters, part of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Return on Investment Case Study // Accelerating Solar Water Pump Sales in Kenya

This Return on Investment case study by Winrock International shows an increase in gross profits of up to 186% within one to two crop seasons after purchase of a solar water pump (SWP) for smallholder farmers in Kenya. Between August 2015 and December 2016 Winrock demonstrated SWPs to more than 16,000 of such smallholder farmers and found that despite strong demand, the lack of smallholder credit options for solar irrigation is a key obstacle preventing SWP sales from increasing rapidly;...

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Urban Nexus

Making Sense of the Urban Nexus // An Integrated Approach to Intersecting Challenges

By Giulia Salvaterra and Michael Woodbridge. Cities are sites of complex and intersecting challenges which threaten the success of the global sustainable development agenda. All over the world, cities face persistent challenges related to increasing climate- and weather-related impacts, insufficient infrastructure, sustained poverty and inequality, resource scarcity, and sustainable service provision. Finding solutions to these challenges will be made even more difficult by growth and migratory...

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Where Is The Added Value of The Nexus Approach? // A Review of The Water-Energy-Food Nexus literature

By Stephanie Galaitsi, Jason Veysey and Annette Huber-Lee. This report by SEI finds that water-energy-food (WEF) nexus research has not produced a discernible intellectual toolkit, nor has it validated claims that nexus approaches can improve resource management and governance outcomes.

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Media

Nature // Six Research Priorities for Cities and Climate Change

Xuemei Bai and colleagues call for long-term, cross-disciplinary studies to reduce carbon emissions and urban risks from global warming. ‘Nexus approaches’ that trace linkages between water, food and energy systems should be extended to other sectors, to understand the relationships between infrastructure provision, inequality and resilience.

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Media

وزارة الخارجية والتعاون الدولي // دولة الإمارات تشارك في اجتماع المجلس الوزاري العربي للمياه بالكويت

ترأس سعادة الدكتور مطر حامد النيادي وكيل وزارة الطاقة والصناعة وفد الدولة المشارك في اجتماع الدورة العاشرة للمجلس الوزاري العربي للمياه بدولة الكويت الشقيقة. وتم خلال الاجتماع مناقشه الخطة التنفيذية لاستراتيجية الأمن المائي في المنطقة العربية لمواجهة التحديات والمتطلبات المستقبلية للتنمية المستدامة واستعراض جهود الدول العربية بشأن استدامة موارد المياه وحمايتها من الاستغلال المفرط والتلوث. كما تم التركيز على أهمية الترابط بين المياه والطاقة والغذاء وضرورة تحقيق التوازن بينها.

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Media

UAE Ministry of Energy & Industry // UAE takes part in meeting of Arab Ministerial Water Council in Kuwait

Dr. Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, presided over the participating UAE delegation at the 10th session of the Arab Ministerial Water Council in Kuwait. They drew attention to the importance of the interrelationship between water, energy and food and the need to achieve balance among them.

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