Nexus Region Southern Africa — SADC

The Southern African region represents a wide range of resource and climate contexts with varied supplies of water, food and energy. Each of the fifteen member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has a distinct developmental imperative. Integrated planning of water, food and energy sectors and promoting regional cooperation has been considered as a strategy to meet water, energy and food security targets, and to improve natural resource use efficiencies in the region.

Resources

Governance

Session at RGS 2018 // Decentralising the Governance of the Nexus: The Challenges of Politics and Power in Finding Workable Solutions to a Democratic Management of the Landscape

The Shire River Basin in Malawi is a landscape that brings the nexus of food, water and energy into sharp focus: the landscape generates 90% of the country’s electricity, could be its ‘bread basket’ but is ecologically fragile. The decentralisation of government to district councils and elected Commissioners started in 2000 as part of a process of consolidating democracy, of bringing ‘citizen participation into the decision-making’. However, few sectoral authorities have decentralized functions...

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SDGs

Project // S-MultiStor: Sustainable Hydropower and Multipurpose Storage to Meet the Water, Food and Energy SDG's

This project is a 3-year program to investigate and demonstrate improved approaches to sustainable multipurpose water storage, including both gray and green storage. We have assembled a consortium of leading international partner organizations responsible for developing and testing decision-support tools that have the potential to make a measurable impact on sustainable development.

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News

Atelier Nexus à Bamako// Mieux structurer ce que nous savons déjà

Par Richard Sagno. L'atelier Nexus à Bamako les 2 et 3 mai 2018 a réuni plus de 40 professionnels pour discuter du Nexus et partager leur expérience d'un large éventail d'institutions et de projets. L'approche Nexus, c'était clair, permet de mieux fixer les priorités et de réduire les externalités indésirables.

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News

Nexus Workshop in Bamako // Better Structuring of What We Already Know

By Richard Sagno. The Nexus Workshop in Bamako on 2-3 May 2018 brought together more than 40 professionals to discuss the Nexus and share their experience from a wide range of institutions and projects. The Nexus approach, it was clear, allows for better priority setting and reduction of unwanted externalities.

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Fact Sheets

Nexus Regional Dialogues // Nexus Fact Sheet Collection

The Nexus Regional Dialogues aim at connecting and educating sectors, states and experts in the respective regions. They are implemented by different international organisations and in cooperation with regional partners. The Fact Sheet Collections gives an overview of the project regions and the specific regional Nexus-related challenges.

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Workshops

8th SADC River Basin Organisations Workshop in Namibia // African RBOs Play an Active Role in Facilitating Investment for Water-Energy-Food Security

The River Basin Organisations Workshop focused on "securing strategic investments to realise the benefits of transboundary water cooperation." The Nexus Dialogue Programme created an enabling environment for further water-energy-food (WEF) Nexus investments. The workshop highlighted the leading role SACD River Basin Organisations (RBOs) can play in promoting a joint multi-sector investment programme aimed at achieving water-energy-food security.

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Modelling and Assessment

MAXUS // Synergizing water, food and energy policy

By Rogier E. A. Burger. In this study an optimization model framework is proposed, titled ‘MAXUS’, specifically designed to address the shortfalls of current models. It was built to customize a model for a specific Nexus study. To test the methodology of MAXUS it was applied to a case study for Ghana and Burkina Faso. Allocation of water and land resources for the final supply of WEF was optimized over space and time, for the objective and constraints given.

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Capacity Building

CapNex // Capacity Building on the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus through Research and Training in Kenya and Uganda

In this project, an interdisciplinary (agronomy; crop production; pest management; development studies; hydrology; socio-hydrology; soil science; water-, waste-, & resource management) team of Austrian, Kenyan, and Ugandan researchers will cooperate in this capacity-building-through-research-training-and-dialogue-project under the APPEAR funding scheme.

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Hydropower

Water, Land and Ecosystems // Water-energy-food weave a tangled web. Here’s how we can navigate it

By Jennie Barron. Ethiopia is currently building one of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams on the Blue Nile River close to its Sudanese border. The project is not only extremely important for the country's development but also a classic ‘water-energy-food nexus’ dilemma: Different sectors as well as national development agendas of affected countries Sudan and Egypt are competing for the use of water and electricity resources.

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Climate Change

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Climate Risks and Opportunities in Southern Africa

The discourse on the need for water, energy, and food security has dominated the development agenda of southern African countries, centred on improving livelihoods, building resilience, and regional integration. About 60% of the population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) live in rural areas relying mainly on rainfed agriculture, lacking access to clean water and energy, yet the region is endowed with vast natural resources. The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus is a conceptual...

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