The Middle East and North Africa Region, in short MENA, stretches over 6,000 km from Morocco in the West to Iran in the East. Despite significant subregional difference, the entire area is faced with similar challenges. All MENA countries have to cope with a water deficit, while they strive to achieve a self-sustaining agriculture at the same time. Energy production in the region still strongly relies on fossil fuels, even though there is a high potential for renewable energies. Institutions and administration are dominated by sectoral thinking, but bridging approaches are developing.
In order to achieve reliable water, energy and food supplies at a national and global scale, multi-stakeholder platforms are needed in order to develop and explore science-policy-society linkages and opportunities to share knowledge and employ it to meet the targets for both the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change obligations. Understanding these complex linkages and translating this into solutions requires increased nexus system thinking and problem solving competence....// more
Water security, energy security and food security are inextricably linked in the Arab region, perhaps more than in any other region in the world. Generally, the region is known to be energy intensive, water scarce, food deficient, and one of the world's most economically and environmentally vulnerable regions to climate change. This strong interdependency between water, energy, food and climate change in the Arab region calls for the nexus approach and thinking when addressing the management of...// more
Presentation by IFPRI's Perrihan Al-Riffai// more
MENA NWC will hold its First Biennial Congress at the Hormuz Grand Hotel in Muscat, Oman from 9-11 Novem ber 2015.// more
Focusing on the nexus between scarce resources is the only route to sustainable supplies of water, food and energy. A new initiative by the Stockholm Environment Institute, Texas A&M and Chatham House will act as a hub for knowledge and technology exchange, and for innovating, adapting and benchmarking solutions. By Holger Hoff and Tom Gill, SEI Stockholm// more
Interview with Ciarán Ó Cuinn, director of the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), an international organisation working on solutions to fresh water scarcity in the Middle East.// more
The study focuses on food security, energy supply and water management and how these sectoral parts can be brought to the water-food-energy nexus. State-owned German implementing agency Gesellschaft fÃ¼r Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) commissioned the study.// more