Policy Papers

Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

Water Convention // Methodology for Assessing the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus in Transboundary Basins and Experiences from its Application: Synthesis

This Synthesis publication covers lessons on interlinkages, trade-offs and benefits in managing water, energy and land/agriculture, as well as on protecting the environment derived from several transboundary river basins in Southern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and one aquifer system in North Africa. These lessons are the result of the collective experience of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention)...

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Modelling and Assessment

Water Convention // A Nexus Approach to Transboundary Cooperation: The Experience of the Water Convention

This brochure summarizes lessons on interlinkages, trade-offs and benefits in managing water, energy and land/agriculture, as well as on protecting the environment derived from several transboundary river basins in Southern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and one aquifer system in North Africa. These lessons are the result of the collective experience of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and other...

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Modelling and Assessment

Water Convention // Synthesis Document on Assesssing the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus in Transboundary Basins

This synthesis report by the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) has three objectives: 1. Complete the documentation about the use of the methodology; 2. Promote the application of the methodology; 3. Foster up action to the Nexus Assessments.

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Policy Papers

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Middle East and North Africa // Scenarios for a Sustainable Future

By Edoardo Borgomeo, Anders Jagerskog, Amal Talbi, Wijnen, Marcus Talbi, Mohamad Hejazi, Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm. Water, energy, and agriculture have been conventionally dealt with separately in investment planning. For each of these sectors, regulatory frameworks, organizations, and infrastructures have been put in place to address sector-specific challenges and demands. As the Middle East and North Africa works towards building a more sustainable future, a nexus approach that considers the...

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World Water Forum 2018 - Brazil

World Water Forum 2018 // Arab Regional Report: Pre-Forum Version

Coordinated by the League of Arab States (LAS), this pre-forum Arab regional report is part of the regional process outcomes. It was developed after broad consultations on regional high priority topics involving all segments of society. The report content is in essence based on contributions received from Ministries, Universities, UN agencies, regional NGOs, Private sector and CSOs and on key recommendations of the landmark events that took place since the start of the regional process.

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Policy Papers

Diskussion // The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Who Owns It?

By Rabi H. Mohtar. The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus has emerged over the last few years as an innovative and holistic platform for resource management and allocation. Unlike many other disciplines that make their way to the policy circle through academic debates, the nexus emerged from the global and policy business community as a platform to guide sustainability efforts. It is, with no doubt, that the nexus will find its way to the implementation of the sustainability development goals (SDGs),...

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Climate Change

Policy Brief // Climate Change and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the MENA Region

By Rabi H. Mohtar. Understanding the interlinkages between climate change and the water-energy-food securities is critical for developing effective strategies to adapt to projected changes and ensure sufficient access to these resources for a growing global population. This policy brief identifies some of the key factors and specific climate change impact in each of the water, energy and food sectors and possible adaptation strategies will be explored.

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Policy Papers

The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus // Towards a Practical Planning and Decision-support Framework for Landscape Investment and Risk Management

By Livia Bizikova, Dimple Roy, Darren Swanson, Henry David Venema, Matthew McCandless. By Livia Bizikova, Dimple Roy, Darren Swanson, Henry David Venema, Matthew McCandless. The emphasis on the need for a sustainable approach to land investments suggests an integrative framework to manage and govern land investments is required and that the design of such investments should explicitly take natural and social systems into account. From an investor perspective, a key hypothesis is that land...

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Policy Papers

Strategy for Interlinkages between Water, Energy and Agriculture (Nexus Perspective) // Synergies and Conflicting Goals

Global forecasts predict a 40 to 50 per cent increase in the demand for fresh water, energy and food until 2030 due to pressure caused by population growth, economic growth, international trade, urbanisation, changes in eating habits, climate change and technological advances. The objective is to adopt an integrated approach for the three sectors water, energy and agriculture (Nexus perspective), with a view to reconciling their interests as they compete for the same scarce resources and...

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Policy Papers

Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge Action Network // Research and Engagement Plan

The Development Team of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge-Action Network issued the Research and Engagement Plan in March 2018 to shape and guide water-energy-food nexus-related activities under the Future Earth umbrella in the coming years.

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