Research Papers, Publications and Books

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A Nexus for Basin Organisations in the Sahel // Multisectoral comparison: OMVS - LCBC - NBA

By Luca Ferrini (Project Manager, Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme Niger Basin) and Lucia Benavides. This article provides a comparative analysis about the level of integration of different sectors within the mission statements of three River Basin Organisations in the Sahel: the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS by its French acronym), the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and the Niger Basin Authority (NBA). It further stresses different focus areas of the mission statements,...

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Peace and conflict

Transboundary Basin // Water-Energy-Food Nexus Sustainability in the Upper Blue Nile (UBN) Basin

By Mariam M. Allam and Elfatih A. B. Eltahir. This paper presents a framework for optimal allocation of a river basin's land and water resources between rain-fed and irrigated agriculture and hydropower. This framework is applied on the UBN basin as a case study of a water-scarce transboundary basin with escalated conflicts between the stakeholder countries sharing its waters to help find win-win opportunities. The land-water allocation model finds significant potential for expanding rain-fed...

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SDGs

WEF Nexus and SDGs // Toward an Understanding of Synergies and Trade-Offs Between Water, Energy, and Food SDG Targets

By Marianela Fader, Colleen Cranmer, Richard Lawford and Jill Engel-Cox. This paper introduces the results of an assessment, which identified the greatest synergies and trade-offs between SDG 2 (food), SDG 6 (water) and SDG 7 (energy). A methodology was developed, which analyzed the SDGs for their input requirements, infrastructure needs, and the risks and benefits for the provision of ecosystem services.

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Implementation

Book // Clean Water Using Solar and Wind: Outside the Power Grid

By Gustaf Olsson. Solar photo-voltaic (PV) and wind offer to bring both clean energy and clean water to remote regions and peri-urban areas in the world, outside the conventional electric grids. This book aims to show how clean water and clean energy are reachable for all while contributing to both a better climate and a healthier life.

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Research

Power Dynamics and Integration in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Learning Lessons for Transdisciplinary Research in Cambodia

By Christian Bréthaut, Louise Gallagher, James Dalton, Jeremy Allouche. This article investigates power-related enabling conditions for integration processes in a situation of water, food and energy conflicts. This is being analysed using the case of a WWF Conservation Mekong Flooded Forest Landscape.

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Desalination

Water-Energy Nexus // Water for the Millions: Focus Saudi Arabia

By Dornadula Chandrasekharam. This paper investigates how Saudi Arabia can overcome its water and food security problem through using its potential of generating electricity from conventional geothermal sources. The generated electricity could be used for desalination processes, which currently rely on fossil fuels.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Water-Energy Nexus // Water Use in Electricity Generation for Water-Energy Nexus Analyses: The European Case

By Morten Andreas Dahl Larsen and Martin Drews. This paper has investigated the extent to which estimates of an ensemble of factor sets representing volumes of water use per unit of electricity produced by different energy sources. To support quantitative studies of the water-energy nexus at different levels and thus facilitate the improved management of water resources, the authors recommend sustained and coordinated efforts towards improving the availability of data linking observations and...

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Floating Solar // Where Sun Meets Water – Floating Solar Market Report Executive Summary

By World Bank Group, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS). Floating solar photovoltaic installations open new opportunities for scaling up solar generating capacity, especially in countries with high population density and competing uses for available land. Floating Solar Market Report - Executive Summary presents an overview of floating solar technologies, current deployment market and future opportunities, challenges...

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Modelling and Assessment

Nexus Modelling // Involving the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in Integrating Low-Income and Isolated Communities

By Brenda Cansino-Loeza and José María Ponce-Ortega. This work presents a general mathematical programming model for satisfying water, energy, and food needs in isolated and low-income communities involving different process integration approaches. As a case study, the community with the lowest index of poverty and marginalization from the State of Guerrero in Mexico is presented. The problem consists in determining the optimal and sustainable configuration to satisfy the energy, water, and...

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SDGs

Nexus and SDGs // Resource Nexus Perspectives towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

By Raimund Bleischwitz, Catalina Spataru, Stacy D. VanDeveer, Michael Obersteiner, Ester van der Voet, Corey Johnson, Philip Andrews-Speed, Tim Boersma, Holger Hoff & Detlef P. van Vuuren. Debate around increasing demand for natural resources is often framed in terms of a ‘nexus’, which is perhaps at risk of becoming a buzz word. A nexus between what? Over what scales? And what are the consequences of such a nexus? This article analyses why readers should care about the nexus concept in relation...

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