Nexus in Latin America and the Caribbean — LAC

Latin America and the Caribbean compromise all the complexity that a continent of these dimensions conveys. In average, water scarcity does not appear to be an issue, but the local distribution of the resource varies widely. There are, however, common problems, that can be addressed on a continental level. The region strongly depends on hydropower for energy production. While this form of electricity does not stresses the climate through CO2 emission, it raises conflicts with other land uses like rain forests and agriculture. The latter is both the biggest user of water and driver for deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Nexus News for Latin America and the Carribean (LAC Region)


Latin America and the Caribbean // The WEF-Nexus in planning processes

The training workshop on “The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus in Planning Processes” introduced the WEF Nexus concept as an integrated solution for the management of natural resources. 42 participants from 12 LAC countries looked at conflicting uses and trade-offs as well as possible synergies between the WEF sectors. Based on a multi-purpose project in Costa Rica, they considered and discussed different solutions. ECLAC’s Institute of Planning for Development taught the participants to deal...

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar // Naciones Unidas Anima a Extender los Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar

Par Pilar Sánchez Molina. La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) orienta en su nuevo informe sobre cómo aprovechar al máximo las innovaciones y evitar el desperdicio de agua.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar // Chile Destina USA $ 1,8 Millones para Sistemas de Riego Fotovoltaico

Par Pilar Sánchez Molina. Se ha destinado una inversión público – privada de más de $1.165 millones de pesos (1,8 millones de dólares) a obras de riego con energía fotovoltaica que beneficiarán a más de 202 familias de pequeños en los regiones de Arica y Parinacota en Chile.

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Capacity Building

Taller Lima, Peru // Importancia de interconexión de la gestión sostenida del agua con la seguridad agraria, alimentaria y energética

Con el fin de fortalecer la gestión sostenible del agua, el gobierno peruano, a través del Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego (Minagri), ha invitado a representantes de diversas instituciones públicas a un taller para promover el trabajo interinstitucional entre los sectores de alimentos, energía y agua. El taller soportado con el apoyo de la Sociedad Alemana para la Cooperación Internacional (GIZ) en colaboración con la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), en nombre del...

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Events on the Nexus in Latin America and the Carribean (LAC Region)


Training // Advanced School on Water Energy Food Nexus

The Advanced School on Water-Energy-Food Nexus will help graduate students, post-docs, and young researchers to analyse complex systems by understanding the societal, economic and environmental impacts involved in decisions regarding technology innovation and policies design. They will learn different assessment methods, modelling techniques and risk analysis to apply them individually or in combination to research projects, decision-making process or policy development.

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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Session // Eye on LAC- Natural Infrastructure and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Most countries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries are expanding their water, land, and energy footprint. These investments are putting pressure on a wide variety of ecosystems and the services they provide to cities and beyond. Sustainable development for LAC is a question mark. Looming large in the background is another challenge: climate change. Climatologists predict that 90% of the land could be distressed by extreme weather events that affect water availability for food and...

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C-EENRG // Food-Water-Energy Nexus Workshop

The workshop is organised in the context of the project BRIDGE: Building Resilience In a Dynamic Global Economy: Complexity across scales in the Brazilian Food-Water-Energy Nexus.

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Meetings & Roundtables

El Diálogo Regional Político-Técnico sobre // El Nexo entre el Agua, la Energía y la Alimentación

La División de Recursos Naturales e Infraestructura está organizando el Diálogo Regional Político-Técnico sobre “El Nexo entre el Agua, la Energía y la Alimentación”, que se celebrará en la sede de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) en Santiago de Chile, los días 14 y 15 de mayo de 2018.

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Nexus Resources for Latin America and the Carribean (LAC Region)


Energy-Water-Land Nexus in Latin America and the Caribbean // A Perspective from the Paris Agreement Climate Mitigation Pledges

This paper explores how the Paris Pledges might influence the energy, water and land (EWL) nexus in four of the major countries/economies in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. It underscores the need to refine national climate policies within a EWL nexus resource planning framework such that a balance between the rational use of the nexus resources and stringent climate policies can be found. 

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Sanitation and Wastewater

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Latin America and the Caribbean // Priority Interconnections

By Antonio Embid Irujo and Liber Martin. This paper analyses the water-energy-food (WEF) Nexus in Latin America and the Caribbean. By briefly describing the interconnections, the authors identify and discuss those which may prove critical for Nexus implementation in the region.

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Policy Papers

The Nexus between Water, Energy and Food in Latin America and the Caribbean // Planning, Policy Framework and the Identification of Priority Interconnections

By Antonio Embid and Liber Martín. This document analyses the Nexus between water, energy and food in Latin America and the Caribbean, focussing its attention on the current state of the matter, planning for its implementation, the articulation of the normative framework and the identification of the priority interconnections for the region. Based on a review of the most relevant background and histories of the Nexus concept and its current configuration at the global level, the key elements are...

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Project // S-MultiStor: Sustainable Hydropower and Multipurpose Storage to Meet the Water, Food and Energy SDG's

This project is a 3-year program to investigate and demonstrate improved approaches to sustainable multipurpose water storage, including both gray and green storage. We have assembled a consortium of leading international partner organizations responsible for developing and testing decision-support tools that have the potential to make a measurable impact on sustainable development.

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