Nexus Region Southern Africa — SADC

The Southern African region represents a wide range of resource and climate contexts with varied supplies of water, food and energy. Each of the fifteen member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has a distinct developmental imperative. Integrated planning of water, food and energy sectors and promoting regional cooperation has been considered as a strategy to meet water, energy and food security targets, and to improve natural resource use efficiencies in the region.

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Capacity Building

Nexus Workshop // Workshop on Water, Peace and Security, Bamako (Mali), 2nd-4th of July 2019

This article presents the results of the workshop on water, peace and security, Bamako, Mali, 2-4 July 2019. The workshop was facilitated by the GIZ FREXUS project, as part of the formal collaboration with the Partnership for Water, Peace and Security (WPS).

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Peace and conflict

Project // Improving Security and Climate Resilience in a fragile Context through the Water-Energy and Food Security Nexus (Frexus)

The Frexus project fosters cross-sectoral and integrated approaches in resource management, within local communities in Mali, Niger and Chad that are faced with the consequences of resource scarcity and climate change. The vicious cycle of resource scarcity, competition, conflict and instability currently challenging many communities, can be turned into a virtuous cycle of resilience, sustainable resources management, cooperation and security. Frexus (Nexus in Fragile contexts) aims at providing...

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Governance

Publication // What-If: An Open-Source Decision Support Tool for Water Infrastructure Investment Planning within the Water–Energy–Food–Climate Nexus

By Raphaël Payet-Burin, Mikkel Kromann, Silvio Pereira-Cardenal, Kenneth Marc Strzepek and Peter Bauer-Gottwein. This paper presents a new open-source hydro-economic optimization model, incorporating in a holistic framework, representations of the water, agriculture, and power systems. The model represents the joint development of Nexus related infrastructure and policies and evaluates their economic impact, as well as the risks linked to uncertainties in future climate and socio-economic...

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Peace and conflict

Policy Brief // Water, Peace and Security Mali Policy brief August 2019 by Wetlands International

Water infrastructure must be ‘conflict-sensitive’ and coordinated between ministries representative of all stakeholders if future escalation of violence in Mali is to be avoided, according to a policy briefing from the Water, Peace and Security initiative, written by Wetlands International.

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Capacity Building

Atelier Nexus // Atelier sur l’Eau, la Paix et de la Sécurité, Bamako (Mali), du 2 au 4 Juillet 2019

Cet article présente les résultats de l'atelier sur l'eau, la paix et la sécurité, Bamako (Mali), 2-4 juillet 2019. L'atelier a été facilité par le projet GIZ FREXUS, dans le cadre de la collaboration formalisée avec le Partenariat pour l'Eau, la Paix et la Sécurité (WPS).

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Capacity Building

Stakeholder Involvement Kick-off-Workshop // Projet régional: Appui à la gestion intégrée des ressources en eau du lac Kivu et de la rivière Ruzizi

Un atelier de lancement de la collaboration avec les parties prenantes a eu lieu à Kigali, le 14 mai 2019. L'objectif de cet atelier était de rassembler les acteurs concernés de la région et de présenter le nouveau projet "Appui à la gestion intégrée des ressources en eau du lac Kivu et de la rivière Ruzizi ". La présentation des différents projets en cours, la facilitation des échanges et la mise en évidence des synergies ont joué un rôle important lors de cette rencontre. L'atelier ne visait...

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Workshops

Stakeholder Involvement Kick-off-Workshop // Regional Project: Support to the Integrated Management of Water Resources of Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi River

A Stakeholder Involvement Kick-off Workshop was conducted in Kigali, on May 14, 2019. The purpose of this workshop was, to bring together relevant stakeholders from the region and to introduce the new project “Support to the integrated management of water resources of Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi River”. Presentations of different ongoing projects, the facilitation of exchange and the sighting of synergies played an important role during this meeting. The workshop did not aim at launching the...

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Climate Change

Nexus Blog // Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in a warming Climate

In this article, the authors explore what the WEF Nexus is, how to minimize trade-offs and maximise co-benefits within it, and what opportunities it offers to address the challenges of a changing climate. They further draw on ongoing research in Tanzania’s Rufiji River Basin – a case that exemplifies key issues in the WEF nexus – where ambitious development plans cut across several sectors and could be severely limited by future climate change.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

JRC Technical Report // Water-Energy-Food Nexus Interactions Assessment: Renewable Energy Sources to support Water Access and Quality in West Africa

By Kougias I., Szabó S., Scarlat N., Monforti F., Banja M., Bódis K., Moner-Girona M. Mitigating the big challenges of access to clean water, energy and poverty in Africa requires integrated solutions. The analysis of issues related to the water, energy, food and the ecosystem through a nexus approach, has attracted the interest of scientists, policy-makers and the private sector. The present Technical Report examines the potential of such an approach to create beneficial synergies between the...

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Sanitation and Wastewater

Nexus Blog // Connecting Food Waste and Sanitation Services can help African Farmers

By Federico Davila, Alice Mutiti Mweetwa, Dana Cordell, Frank Mnthambala, Gudina Terefe Tucho, Ruben Sakrabani. African agriculture is fundamental to supporting rural livelihoods and bolstering economic growth, and can benefit from technology and advances in other development sectors. One solution to help Africa’s agriculture can come from an unlikely sector: sanitation.

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