Nexus News for the Middle East and North Africa Region — MENA

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Job Vacancy // Senior Policy Officer for Water, Food and Energy Nexus in the Gulf region at the Netherlands Embassy in Abu Dhabi

The Netherlands Embassy in Abu Dhabi is looking for a Senior Policy Officer that can work energetically to achieve regional cooperation on the water, food and energy nexus. The full-time position (35 hours/ week) will be available for 36 months (3 years). Deadline for applications is 28 June 2018.

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Call for Submissions // Zayed Sustainability Prize 2019

The annual Zayed Sustainability Prize celebrates achievements that are driving impact, innovation and inspiration across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. The prize is a tribute to the legacy of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Submit your entry today and join a growing community of innovators who are expanding the possibilities for a sustainable future. Deadline for submissions is 9 August 2018.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

El Nexo y Agricultura // El Proyecto Sahara Forest

Convertir el desierto en un lugar verde y sostenible es el objetivo ambicioso del Proyecto 'Sahara Forest' (Bosque del Sahara), establecido en Jordania en 2016. La iniciativa comenzó a utilizar instalaciones de desalinización de agua y fotovoltaicas para convertir hasta 20 hectáreas de desierto en un oasis.

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SDGs

Nexus and SDGs // Linking the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development Indicators for the Mediterranean Region

Food production and water provision are are two urgent socio-economic and environmental issues in the Mediterranean region. Because these aspects are closely linked, they need to be tackled by an integrated approach known as Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus, with JRC highly engaged. Not only the global food crises of 2008 and 2011 drew attention to the crucial role of food security in the Mediterranean basin, especially considering the consequences for social and political equilibrium in the...

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Capacity Building

Nexus Workshop on Human Capacity Building // European/German Nexus Case Studies in Collaboration with/UN-ESCWA in Beirut

By Nisreen Lahham and Maarit Thiem. The Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme identified the need to capacitate representatives of sector ministries, planning ministries, authorities and members from relevant civil society as key for advancing the application of an integrated planning and policy approach. A workshop together with UN-ESCWA focussed on the challenge of Human Capacity Building.

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Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Climate Change Impacts in the MENA Region

By Lydia Anne Scherr. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is known for being one of the hottest places on Earth, and highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. In an IPCC special report on regional climate change, models projected that average temperatures in the region will increase by 1-2˚C by 2030-2050. Decision makers and citizens in all 21 countries realize that they are faced with an immediate need to reshape energy, agriculture, water and environmental policy to adapt to changing...

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Second Nexus Executive Steering Committee Meeting // Supporting Regions, Countries and Cities

By Isabel Pasternack, Susanne Schmeier and Tina Schmiers. The second Executive Steering Committee Meeting of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme took place in Brussels on the 1-2 Mar 2018. The general objective of the meeting was to present the outcomes and impacts of the activities within the different regional dialogues, to discuss challenges and common issues as well as to find entry points and synergies to improve and strengthen cooperation and collaboration among the different regions...

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Capacity Building

Human Capacity Building // The Major Pillar within the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme

By Ruth Erlbeck, Ralph Trosse, Nisreen Lahham and Maarit Thiem. Capacity Building has been identified as a major driver for advancing the implementation of the Nexus approach and thinking at national and regional level. Hence, the Nexus Regional Dialogues programme designed and developed a Nexus training specifically tailored to the needs expressed by representatives of sectorial ministries and regional partner organisations.

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"A WEF perspective is essential for developing effective strategies for the sustainable use of essential resources"

By Jauad El Kharraz. With a water-energy-food nexus workshop held in Morocco in December, the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) and its partners have shown the importance of the Nexus approach for resource security and peace in the MENA region.

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Call for Proposals // Water Reuse and Water Desalination for Agricultural and Food Production

PRIMA-IS is launching a call for research and innovation (RIA) proposals to mobilize the Euro-Mediterranean scientific communities, stakeholders and private entities and to support a wide range of research and innovation projects expected to produce a socio-economic impact in the near future. In this call, participation of private entities is strongly encouraged.

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