Nexus Regional Dialogues

The Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme is a culmination of an international effort to operationalize the Nexus approach and to translate conceptual considerations into specific policy-making processes. The programme is designed to stimulate five Nexus Regional Dialogues involving various stakeholders, including national and regional policy makers, the private sector, academia and civil society.

The regions covered are:

  • Niger Basin,
  • Southern Africa (SADC),
  • Latin America,
  • Central Asia (Aral Sea Region) and
  • the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region.

The Nexus Dialogues programme assists the regional stakeholders to develop concrete policy recommendations and action plans for future activities and investment, particularly for multi-sector infrastructure investments as well as related legal, institutional and political frameworks and for the corresponding capacity development. The ambition is to develop Nexus policies and action plans at the national ministerial and regional policy levels that guide future action.

It is funded jointly by the European Union and the German Ministry for Economic Development and Development Cooperation (BMZ), and implemented by the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and DG DEVCO.

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Middle East and North Africa Region — MENA

In the MENA Region the Nexus Dialogue is realised in cooperation with the League of Arab States (LAS). The process has already led to the adoption of concrete Nexus policy recommendations by the LAS.

Latin America and the Caribbean — LAC

In Latin America and the Caribbean the Nexus dialogue is realised cooperation with UN CEPAL. Within the scope of the first workshops Nexus priorities for the region are being identified.

Southern Africa — SADC

The overall objective of the SADC Regional Nexus Dialogue Project is to support the transformation required to meet increasing water, energy and food security demand in a context of climate change in the SADC Region through the development of a truly integrated nexus approach. The specific objective of the project is to create an enabling environment that will drive cross-sectoral engagement and implementation of nexus investment projects that contribute to enhancing water, food and energy security in SADC region. It is a strategic fit in the implementation of SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Action Plan (RSAP IV) and the Roadmap and Strategy for Industrialisation.

Niger Basin

The aim of the regional dialogue in the Niger region is to support the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and its member states to take a Nexus approach to the management of the basin. This entails looking at resources in the basin in a holistic manner and putting in place cross-sectoral policies and projects. The NBA has a clear Nexus mandate and already has instruments to implement this.

Central Asia

There is a growing awareness of the need to adopt a Nexus approach in Central Asia and the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC), in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), are implementing the Nexus Dialogue activities. Thus, CAREC and IUCN are aiming at strengthening the capacities in the inter-sectoral planning at national and regional level as well as mainstreaming the Nexus approach.