Nexus Region Middle East and North Africa Region — MENA

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.

Resources

Capacity Building

The Nexus in the Arab Region // Nexus Capacity Development Needs

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....

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MENA

The Nexus in the Arab Region // Understanding the Nexus and Associated Risks

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...

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Slides

Presentation // Modeling the water-food-energy nexus in the arab world: Economic and welfare impacts in Egypt

Presentation by IFPRI's Perrihan Al-Riffai

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MENA NWC First Biennial Congress will be held 9-11 November in Muscat, Oman
Conferences, Forums and Symposiums

Congress // MENA NWC First Biennial Congress will be held 9-11 November in Muscat, Oman

MENA NWC will hold its First Biennial Congress at the Hormuz Grand Hotel in Muscat, Oman from 9-11 Novem ber 2015.

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Beating water and land shortages in the Middle East and north Africa
News

The Nexus in the Arab Region // Beating water and land shortages in the Middle East and north Africa

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

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"Rivers, climate change, desertification and water tables don't respect political boundaries"
Nexus Interviews

Nexus and Peace // "Rivers, climate change, desertification and water tables don't respect political boundaries"

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.

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Euroconsult Mott MacDonald to study interactions of water, food, energy nexus in Egypt
News

Nexus in Egypt // Euroconsult Mott MacDonald to study interactions of water, food, energy nexus in Egypt

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 für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) commissioned the study.

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