The Nexus Platform is enabled by

Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung
This project is co-funded by the European Union

Resource  |  , Projects  |  , LAC  |  30 Nov 2017

Water-Energy Nexus // Water resources as important factor for the global energy system transition (Energiewende) at local and global scale (WANDEL)

The WANDEL project explores whether limitations in the availability of water resources in sufficient quantity or quality might accelerate or delay the global energy system transition (Energiewende). Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), this multi-stakeholder collaborative project focuses on the interlinkages between hydropower, coal, solar power, and biomass-based energy production and global water resources.

UNU-EHS coordinates a case study in Brazil and assesses the linkages between water resources and energy production at the local level by conducting a case study on sugarcane-based energy production in the Brazilian Cerrados (tropical savanna region). The water demand of sugarcane-based energy production (both the agricultural and industrial phases) will be analysed in relation to regional water availability, with particular focus on land use and technological improvements in irrigation. The impacts of sugarcane production and sugar mill wastewater discharge on water quality will be assessed.

The UN-EHS led case study also contributes to the development of nexus-type water and energy indicators. Additionally, UNU-EHS provides support for the dissemination of the project results targeting local and global stakeholders


Project manager: Zita Sebesvari

Website: UNU-EHS project website

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Policy Papers  |  , Resource  |  20 Feb 2018

Food-Migration Nexus // At the Root of Exodus: Food Security, Conflict and International Migration

This study by the World Food Programme aims at determining the role that food security and other factors play in compelling cross-border migration. Drawn from quantitative and qualitative research, the study gives voice to people...› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Resource  |  19 Feb 2018

Desalination // Solar desalination coupled with water remediation and molecular hydrogen production: a novel solar water-energy nexus

By Seonghun Kim, Guangxia Piao, Dong Suk Han, Ho Kyong Shonc and Hyunwoong Park. In this article, a novel sunlight-water-energy nexus technology is presented that combines the photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) desalination of saline...› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Resource  |  16 Feb 2018

Sustainability // Developing Socio-Techno-Economic-Political (STEP) Solutions for Addressing Resource Nexus Hotspots

The paper of Bassel Daher Rabi H. Mohtar , Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Kent E. Portney, Ronald Kaiserand Walid Saad explores the multiple dimensions of water, energy, and food systems and their interaction with government,...› more