Nexus in 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

Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

SPIS // Solar-powered Irrigation Can Boost Rural Development, But Also Poses Risks

By Avinash Kishore. Irrigation is one of the most effective means for boosting agricultural production, but powering the withdrawal of groundwater can be an expensive and polluting process. Solar panels provide a cleaner energy source for pumping groundwater than traditional diesel-based pumps, and their cost has rapidly fallen in recent years — exciting policymakers in South Asia about their promise as a viable and sustainable tool for rural development.

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Nexus in the SAARC Region // "Be mindful of the vital synergy of the three sectors!"

On 3-5 July 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Bhutan in collaboration with SAARC Agriculture Centre, SAARC Energy Centre and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development ICIMOD organised a SAARC Regional Expert consultation meeting on "The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Basis for Sustainable Agricultural Development."

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Research // Decision-Making under Risks: Agricultural Water Security in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam

The Australian National University (ANU), the Institute of Policy and Strategy for the Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) and the FE2W Network are working in partnership with the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) program of IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative to facilitate the development of policies to manage water security in Lam Dong province, Vietnam.

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Events on the Nexus in South and Southeast Asia

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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

Research Papers, Publications and Books

Nexus Governance // Harnessing Contending Forces at Work

By Dipak Gyawali. The aim of the synthesis papers is to bring together sectoral best practice, and to make connections between the multi-sectoral components of the nexus. The papers identify and analyse the main drivers for joint solutions, and the opposing factors that limit working together across sectors. Key factors for an appropriate enabling environment are identified to allow cross-sectoral opportunities to work better and at the most appropriate scale to help bolster existing development...

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Nexus in the Asia-Pacific Region // Special Issue of "Journal of Hydrology - Regional Studies"

Edited by Peter W. Swarzenski, Jason J. Gurdak, Aiko Endo, Makoto Taniguchi. Water, energy, and food are among the most important and fundamental resources for human beings and society. Despite the large potential for efficiency and reduction of losses, the demand for these resources is likely to increase due to population growth, changes in lifestyles, climate change, and other aspect of global change. The strong interconnectedness of these three vital resources has been termed the “Nexus” in...

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Nexus in Asia // Introduction: Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Asia-Pacific Region

By Makoto Taniguchia, Aiko Endo, Jason J. Gurdak and Peter Swarzenski. While many papers claim the fundamental importance of the Nexus approach, few provide specific ideas on how to deal with this Nexus in practice. This paper introduces twenty case-studies that are highlighted in this special issue that explore the practice of the Nexus and its scientific basis with particular focus on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Nexus in Asia // Water, Energy, and Food Security in the Asia Pacific Region

By Makoto Taniguchi, Naoki Masuhara and Kimberly Burnett. In this article, security measures of three resources; water, energy and food are analyzed for thirty two countries in the Asia Pacific region which are faced to Pacific Ocean, in terms of amounts of the resource, self-production, and diversity of sources of each resource. Diversity for all the three resources is also analyzed using surface water and groundwater for water sources; hydro power, geothermal power, solar, and biomass for...

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