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Free Online edX Course // Sustainable Development: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Securing the supply of water, energy, and food is one of the greatest global challenges of our time. Learn all about sustainable development and global changes in this free online course.

About this course

This course focuses on sustainable development and global changes - vital issues for humanity. There is specific attention paid to the challenges in developed and developing countries and their transition from unsustainable to sustainable practices.

The course is an introduction to sustainable development and its relation to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. This connection between three critical resources offers a conceptual tool for achieving sustainable development. It has become increasingly important to understand the interdependencies and interrelationships between the three resources. Finding new approaches to manage the nexus could contribute significantly to achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Topics of this course include

  • Finding new ways to face water challenges and opportunities
  • Renewable energies
  • Energy efficiency
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Climate change
  • Rethinking established ways of resources management
  • Types of virtual water
  • The interrelationship between local and global challenges and economic as well as population growth
  • The role of technology in the WEF nexus as well as managing the nexus at local, regional, and global levels.

This course gives you a solid understanding of the connection between water, energy, and food, and enables you to manage resources in a sustainable and effective way. You’ll build skills and knowledge that are key for sustainable development into the future.

What you'll learn

  • Global challenges and their limited resources
  • How human activities can affect the climate change
  • The concept of sustainable development and global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Water scarcity, virtual water, and water footprint
  • How to deal with energy challenges and opportunities
  • The 'nexus' between water, energy, and food (WEF) and their security
  • Desalination in the framework of the WEF nexus
  • Dealing with the WEF nexus at local and regional levels

Instructor

Hani Sewilam, Dr.-Ing.RWTH Aachen University

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

The Global Food-Energy-Water Nexus

By Paolo D'Odorico, Kyle Frankel Davis, Lorenzo Rosa, Joel A. Carr, Davide Chiarelli, Jampel Dell'Angelo, Jessica Gephart, Graham K. MacDonald, David A. Seekell, Samir Suweis, Maria Cristina Rulli. Water availability is a major factor constraining humanity's ability to meet the future food and energy needs of a growing and increasingly affluent human population. Water plays an important role in the production of energy, including renewable energy sources and the extraction of unconventional...

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Nexus Project Bolivia // Working together to develop the water, energy and food security sectors

The contradictory development objectives for water, energy and food security in Bolivia generate conflicts of interest between ministries, and also between authorities and institutions in the provinces and municipalities: each institution wants to support especially its sector, be it water, energy or rural. For this reason, planning is needed that transcends different sectors, such as that sought by governments at the national and local levels.

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Le Barrage de Fomi // Potentiel pour Un Projet d’Intérêt Commun

Par Luca Ferrini & Lucia Benavides. Cet article explique comment le projet de barrage de Fomi, qui a récemment regagné le monumentum, marque une grande opportunité d'intégrer l'approche Nexus dans le processus de planification comme un outil d'aide à la décision. Situé en Haute Guinée, à la tête du bassin du Niger et dans une zone aride affectée par le changement climatique et l'insécurité, la construction du barrage de Fomi poserait à la fois de nombreux risques et défis ainsi que des...

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