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Learning // The Nexus Game

The Nexus Game gives participants a unique opportunity to get an insight into the challenges of water management for producing energy and food, fulfilling the needs of the population, and sustaining environmental flows. The aim of the game is to provide an opportunity to practice how different water management policies can lead to the sustainable development of society in harmony with Nature.

The recently redesigned Nexus Game provides players with a strategic overview of the interconnections between food, water and energy in the context of security and sustainability at the transboundary level.

The game is designed to demonstrate many interconnected Water-Food-Energy Nexus challenges. Players take on roles as policy makers in two countries that have access to the same river. They strive to address food, water and energy needs of the population, industry, and agriculture, as well as face the challenges of climate change.

Effectively managing the water supply and increasing demand for it means effective collaboration and information exchange must be established between stakeholders both within and across the borders. Since the goals of both countries overlap, the game provides an opportunity for practicing conflict resolution and cooperation at the international level.

 

About the Game

  • How it can be used: Capacity development, stakeholder engagement, policy exercise, university course, awareness building
  • Target audience: Policy makers, non-governmental organizations and development agencies, universities, local stakeholders
  • Duration: 2-3 hours + 1 hr debriefing
  • Players: 8-24
  • Moderators: 1

Benefits

  • Learn how to balance competing demands for water and solve supply conflicts between different sectors and countries
  • Experience the problems and opportunities connected with transitions in complex systems where the values and needs of multiple stakeholders collide
  • Practice collaboration among various organizations and groups of interest whose individual and collective goals differ 
  • Discover the potential of new technologies for increasing efficiency and decreasing the environmental impact of multiple sectors

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Development

The game was developed by the Centre for Systems Solutions in collaboration with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

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SDGs

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By SAB Miller and WWF (World Wildlife Fund). This collaborative report looks at 16 countries or states, comparing the ways in which their development patterns have managed their different mixes of resources and different capacities to make use of those resources.

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Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

Publication // The Development of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus as a Framework for Achieving Resource Security: A Review

By Gareth B. Simpson and Graham P. W. Jewitt. This paper presents a study of the evolution of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus since its rise to prominence in policy and development discourses in 2011. Drawing from an extensive review of published literature, the paper presents various interpretations of the concept while also considering the novelty of the WEF nexus.

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Capacity Building

Publication // A 40-year review of food–energy–water nexus literature and its application to the urban scale

By Newell, J. P., Goldstein, B., & Foster, A. (2019). What research exists to date on the FEW nexus? How have scholars conceptualized these interactions at the urban scale? What are some promising approaches? Where are the research gaps? To answer these questions, this paper conducts a quantitative review of the academic literature on the FEW nexus (1399 publications) over more than four decades (1973–2017), followed by in-depth analysis of the most influential papers using an evaluation matrix...

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