Policy Papers

Policy Papers

Policy Paper // BMZ Strategy for Interlinkages between Water, the Environment and Climate Change - Synergies and Conflicts between Goals

By the Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) of Germany. In view of the responsibility shared by all stakeholders for economically sustainable, integrated and climate-friendly development, it is becoming increasingly important in development cooperation to take account of the correlations between the individual sectors.

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Policy Papers

Nexus Conference Chapel Hill // Draft Outcome Message

The draft outcome message from the Nexus Conference is available. A new version will be produced for the conference to have available and a final version after the conference will be circulated to the member states for their consideration when they are preparing the Ministerial Declaration for the UN High-Level Political Forum.

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Policy Papers

WATER4LIFE // Special Feature on Water by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany

At the World Water Day, 2018, this Special Feature on Water shows how German water policy touches the ground and links water to food and energy production.

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Migration

Water-Migration Nexus Policy Paper // Migration and its Interdependencies with Water Scarcity, Gender and Youth Employment

By Michaela Miletto, Martina A. Caretta, Francesca M. Burchi and Giulia Zanlucchi. This WWAP publication presents a review of the climate, water and migration nexus, with a specific focus on those who are often more vulnerable, particularly women and youth. It highlights the fundamental role played by water in securing social stability and resilience to environmental stresses, and calls for a major effort to improve water security and governance.

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Saving Watts to Save Drops // Inclusion of Water Efficiency in Energy Efficiency Programs

By Weston Berg and David Ribeiro. This study provides an overview of practices for quantifying and reporting avoided energy-water costs from demand-side measures. It also summarises the regulatory guidance for incorporating water savings into cost-effectiveness screening for energy efficiency programs.

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The Reuse Opportunity // Cities Seizing the Reuse Opportunity in a Circular Economy

This report argues that decisive, urgent and large-scale action is needed to dramatically increase wastewater treatment, reuse and recycling. The report states that cities, as drivers of the global economy, must lead this resource revolution to enable a transition to a circular economy.

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Resource

Upper River Basin Watersheds // Sustainable, Equitable and Profitable Interventions

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has conducted innovative research in the upper watersheds of the Ganges, Mekong, Red and Nile river basins. WLE sought to identify how to improve people’s livelihoods in ways that are equitable, profitable and sustainable, while also improving ecosystem services locally and downstream. The research specifically examined the impact of interventions spanning several sectors, including water, food, energy and trade. This brief presents...

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BMZ Water Strategy // A Key Contribution to Implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement

For the global development agenda, the decisions taken in 2015 - above all the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement - mean a crucial paradigm shift and change of perspective with far-reaching consequences, not least in the water sector. With this new water strategy, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is responding to the ambitious and challenging goals of economically sustainable, integrated and low-carbon...

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HLPF Policy Brief #9 // Water-Energy-Food Nexus for the Review SDG 7

This document is a part of a series of policy briefs being developed to support SDG7 review at the UN High Level Political Forum to be held in July 2018. The objective is to inform intergovernmental discussions by providing substantive inputs on SDG7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs prepared through inclusive multi-stakeholder consultation processes. The development of these Policy Briefs is coordinated under the auspices of the Ad Hoc Informal Multi-Stakeholder Technical Group of Advisors...

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SDGs

UN ESCWA // The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus in the Arab Region

Constructing an analytical framework for examining the water-energy-food (WEF) security nexus in the Arab region requires a common vision based on shared principles acceptable to all Arab countries in spite of differences in their natural resource endowments or socioeconomic capital. This can be achieved by promoting a people-centered approach to the nexus grounded in the SDGs.

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