Nexus Region South and South East Asia

South/South East Asia is a geographically diverse and complex region. Although having recorded high economic growth rates, about 60 percent of the population remain undernourished. Climate change and environmental degradation severely impact agriculture and living conditions in many ways, South/South-East Asia being one of the most vulnerable regions to natural disasters. Furthermore, about 60 percent of the urban population worldwide live in this region and approximately 120,000 people migrate towards the cities every day. Due to the rapid growth of cities, the management of natural resources and securing the population's basic requirements for water, energy and food is one of the region’s most critical challenges. Integrated planning and management of the key sectors is crucial to sustain economic growth and provide access to services, especially to the increasing urban population.

Nexus News for South and Southeast Asia

Governance

Opinion // How to Strengthen Cooperation for a Water Secure South Asia

By Jyotiraj Patra. South Asia is witnessing unprecedented water challenges and risks. Most of these risks are multi-dimensional, dynamic, complex and uncertain in nature. To better understand and address them and to better govern the region’s vital water resources, South Asia needs more innovative and inclusive collaboration between regional countries, levels and sectors.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

SPIS // Kickstarting India’s Multi-billion Dollar Solar Irrigation Scheme

By Shehnab Sahin, CCAFS South Asia. A multi-stakeholder policy consultation assesses the best way forward for implementing a scheme to promote solar farming in India

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus // Innovative Municipal Solid Waste Management Training on Maximum Yield Technology (MYT)

By Ruth Erlbeck, Ralph Trosse and Rashane Sala Ngarm (The Urban Nexus Project). When it comes to solid waste treatment, most cities in Asia face similar problems, such as increasing amounts of waste. To find solutions for these challenges, GIZ conducted the "Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus" workshop to introduce the Maximum Yield Technology - a mechanical biological treatment technology that has proved successful in Germany and is applicable to the Asian context.

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Capacity Building

Urban Nexus India // Urban Nexus Training Successfully Conducted in India

By Ruth Erlbeck and Rashane Sala-Ngarm. India is currently shifting its focus from rural to urban development as urban areas contribute to more than 65% of the GDP of the country with a growing tendency. Two successfully conducted Urban Nexus workshops in New Delhi on July 31st and August 1st, 2018 provided specific tools for analyzing the countries major challenges: Municipal Solid Waste Management, Air Pollution, Water and Waste Water Management, and Housing for All.

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Events on the Nexus in South and Southeast Asia

Conferences, Forums and Symposiums

2018 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy

The Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy is the largest annual knowledge-sharing event in the Greater Mekong. It presents research-based evidence to non-governmental organisations, policy-makers, the private sector, and development agencies. It does this through carefully designed and facilitated dialogues.

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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Session // Asia Focus - Tackling the Water-Energy-Ecosystems-Food Nexus

This session will examine all four aspects of the Nexus and attempt to uncover the complex nature of the Water, Energy, Ecosystems, Food Nexus. Each aspect of the Nexus will be discussed individually, to contribute to a greater conversation concerning pathways to greater cooperation between sectors.

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Nexus Resources from South and Southeast Asia

Implementation and Case Studies

Science Forum 2018 Case Study // Promoting Solar Irrigation Service Providers in Ganga Basin

By Tushaar Shah, Gyan Prakash Rai, Shilp Verma, and Neha Durga. It is widely recognised that the provision of irrigation can help millions of smallholder farmers intensively cultivate their small parcels to improve income and better cope with climate induced uncertainties. This is particularly true for Africa and parts of South Asia where the fortunes of millions of poor farmers continue to depend heavily on rain fed agriculture. The challenge is to expand irrigation access to the largest number...

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Node and Regime // Interdisciplinary Analysis of Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Mekong Region

By Tira Foran. Understanding complex phenomena such as the water-energy-food nexus (resource nexus) requires a more holistic, interdisciplinary inquiry. Spurred by a sense of imbalance in approaches to the nexus dominated by integrated assessment/complex systems methodologies, the author reexamines the findings and recommendations of a major nexus research-for-development project in the Mekong region.

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Implementation and Case Studies

Water-Food-Energy-Environment Synergies and Tradeoffs // Major Issues and Case Studies

By Peter G. McCornick, Seleshi B. Awulachew and Michael Abebe. Using both a brief global overview as well as a closer review of four case studies from India, Ethiopia, Jordon and the USA, this paper tries to (i) a present the nature of the tradeoffs under different hydrological, energy, agricultural and environmental contexts and (ii) provide some anecdotal evidence and illustrative cases for the available policy options for minimizing conflicts but maximizing synergies between water, energy,...

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Hydropower

Irrigation versus Hydropower // Sectoral Conflicts in Southern Sri Lanka

By François Molle, Priyantha Jayakody, Ranjith Ariyaratne and H. S. Somatilake. Although hydropower does not directly consume water, its generation frequently conflicts with other uses, notably irrigation, because its release schedule does not always correspond to the timing of water use by other activities. This article analyses a case from the Walawe river basin, Sri Lanka, where economic efficiency can be raised by reducing releases from the dam for irrigation for the benefit of hydropower...

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