FE2W Network
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Initiative // FE2W Network: Food Energy Environemt Water

FE2W is a group of leading experts from universities, multilateral organisations and non-government organisations committed to addressing the world's food, energy, environment and water challenges. Its motto is "Understand Risks - Engage Decision-Makers - Enable Action".

The FE2W network provides decision-makers at all levels with the knowledge and frameworks to effectively manage the trade-offs between food, energy, environment and water.

The FE2W Network works with decision-makers to improve the understanding of systemic risks and how to manage shocks across these systems. Our approach is founded on collaboration and an emphasis on poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods, and the need to maintain critical ecosystem services. We will engage with the people who make the decision from farmers to policy makers to consumers, and enable actions that result in improved long-term outcomes.

In the first operational phase of the Network’s operations we will focus on six regions: Colorado Basin (United States), Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin (South Asia), Mekong Basin (South-East Asia), Murray-Darling Basin (Australia), Nile Basin (East Africa), and Volta Basin (West Africa).

Components

Understand Risks

to the security of food, energy, environment and water resources. The linkages across systems means that a narrowly focused approach to fixing one problem often exacerbates stresses elsewhere. For example, subsidised electricity for poor farmers may drive excessive groundwater pumping that undermines water, food and energy security. By contrast, FE2W's holistic approach to food, energy, environment and water informs its understanding of the range of potential costs, benefits and feedback effects associated with different management decisions.

Engage Decision-makers

on developing, adapting, and implementing decision frameworks that consider food, energy, environment and water as integrated systems. FE2W helps decision-makers confronted by risks and uncertainty to tackle complex problems in a straightforward way. FE2W's decision frameworks provide a pathway to practical, relevant responses that meet specific goals and heed cross-system risks.

Enable Action

by decision-makers, be it a farmer or a water minister, that results in improved long-term outcomes for people and the natural resources they depend on. FE2W's knowledge and experience allows it to support decision-makers’ understanding of the risks and outcomes across food, energy, environment and water systems. FE2W's approach helps decision-makers balance trade-offs, reduce risks, and accommodate uncertainty. FE2W seeks ‘win-win’ solutions and approaches so that local and national level projects can be scalable across different locations and circumstances and generate on-the-ground improvements to people’s lives.

Central to FE2W's approach is the primacy given to poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and the need to maintain critical ecosystems at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Global Security Challenge

Governance without a better understanding of interconnected links between systems can cause cascading failures, or increase systemic risks. Without understanding systemic risks and lacking governance frameworks to make better decisions there will be increased political and social volatility. Crises will emerge quickly and unexpectedly. This is a clear and present danger and a global challenge.

Website

www.fe2wnetwork.org

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Modelling and Assessment

Nexus Modelling // Towards Ranking the Water–Energy–Food–Land Use–Climate Nexus Interlinkages for Building a Nexus Conceptual Model with a Heuristic Algorithm

By Chrysi S. Laspidou, Nikolaos Mellios and Dimitris Kofinas. In this article, a practical heuristic approach for gaining a systemic and contextual perspective on nexus component interlinkages is presented, by building on a simple three-point typology of interactions. The approach is simple and can be applied in any case study a nexus analysis is pursued, regardless of data availability.

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Nexus Blog

Un Nexus pour les Organismes de Bassin au Sahel // Comparaison multisectorielle : OMVS - CBLT - ABN

Par Luca Ferrini (Représentant Dialogues Mondiaux NEXUS (Eau-Energie-Sécurité Alimentaire) dans le Bassin du Niger) et Lucia Benavides. Cet article fournit une analyse comparative du niveau d'intégration des différents secteurs dans les missions de trois organismes de bassin du Sahel : l'Autorité de Développement du Bassin du fleuve Sénégal (OMVS), la Commission du Bassin du Lac Tchad (CBLT) et l'Autorité du bassin du Niger (ABN). Il met en outre l'accent sur différents domaines d'intervention...

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Nexus Blog

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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