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.

News, Events and Resources

News

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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Fact Sheets

Nexus Fact Sheet // The Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme: The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus and its on-the-ground operationalisation

Starting in 2014, GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) started to implement Nexus Regional Dialogue activities. This included five regional dialogues and Nexus Resource Platform as faciliation and dissemination tool.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Sustainability in the Food-Water-Ecosystem Nexus // The Role of Land Use and Land Cover Change for Water Resources and Ecosystems in the Kilombero Wetland, Tanzania

By Constanze Leemhuis, Frank Thonfeld, Kristian Näschen, Stefanie Steinbach, Javier Muro, Adrian Strauch, Ander López, Giuseppe Daconto, Ian Games and Bernd Diekkrüger. Land Use Land Cover Change (LULCC) has a significant impact on water resources and ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). On the basis of three research projects we aim to describe and discuss the potential, uncertainties, synergies and science-policy interfaces of satellite-based integrated research for the Kilombero catchment,...

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News

Nexus in Southern Africa // SADC countries attending the Sadc Water, Energy Ministers meeting in Swazi

Swaziland PM opens 36th Joint Meeting of SADC Ministers of Energy and Water, ahead of Resource Mobilisation and Energy Investment Forum, on 11 July 2017

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Capacity Building

Nexus Capacity Building // First Joint Field Study within the APPEAR Project CapNex

Students and scientists from the Technical University of Kenya (TU-K), Makerere University and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) visited the Sio-Malaba-Malakisi River Basin (SMMRB) in Western Kenya and Eastern Uganda for a joint scientific expedition.

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Capacity Building

Nexus Capacity Building // CapNex Project Kick-off at Makerere University

The kick-off meeting of the APPEAR-funded academic partnership project CapNex took place at the board room of the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-engineering at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda from 31st of January - 1st of February.

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Implementation and Case Studies

Case Study // Modeling the water-energy nexus: how do water constraints affect energy planning in South Africa?

By the World Bank. This research focuses on incorporating a representation of water supply and infrastructure costs into an energy systems model (SATIM-W) to better reflect the interdependent nature of the energy-water nexus in South Africa and the water supply challenges facing the energy system. The research methodology developed embeds the various water supply options in a least cost optimization energy planning tool, so that the cost of water is captured. A key feature of the developed...

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Videos

Water-Energy Nexus // The fight for water in Kenya

Report by Deutsche Welle. Hydropower plants are causing parts of Kenya's Tana River to dry up. Scientists are trying to ensure there's enough water for everyone relying on the body of water.

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Wetlands

Research // Wastewater As a Resource: The Water-Waste-Energy Nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Paul Gremillion and Tamara Avellán. A Nexus Approach centred on wastewater treatment and recovery can link cycles of water, waste, and energy. Rich in carbon and nutrients, wastewater has the potential to supply greenhouse gas (GHG) neutral energy for households and irrigate and fertilise crops. Capturing the resources contained in wastewater can improve human and ecosystem health, reduce GHG emissions, and improve SSA’s food and energy security. (UNU-FLORES Policy Brief No. 1/2016)

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Resource

Africa // Nexus Trade-offs and Strategies for Addressing the Water, Agriculture and Energy Security Nexus in Africa

This study by ICA, IUCN and IWA was intended to apply a structured analytical process to Africa's Volta and Lake Victoria basins and using this information to provide an overview of selected regional challenges and opportunities for multipurpose (water infrastructure); and based on that to design a Rapid Assessment Framework (RAF) with which to assess how current and upcoming infrastructure projects deal with nexus challenges.

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