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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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Events

Conference // Week on Water for Development in August 2020

Every drop counts – but what is happening in the water sector in times of COVID-19? The Week on Water for Development (WW4D) is a virtual five-day conference from 24 to 28 August 2020, organised by the German development cooperation (GIZ), that connects relevant stakeholders around key topics on water from COVID-19 to climate change. WW4D is also part of SIWI’s Stockholm World Water Week at home 2020.

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Governance

Nexus Principles // The Water, Energy and Food security Nexus Principles

The Water-Energy-Food security Nexus Principles guide towards the application, implementation and operationalisation of the Water-Energy-Food security Nexus (WEF Nexus) approach in different contexts. The Principles were developed by practitioners based on their experience and grounded in research.

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Research

Publication // Beyond hydropower: towards an integrated solution for water, energy and food security in South Asia

By Rasul, G., Neupane, N., Hussain, A., & Pasakhala, B. (2019). This article provides an overview of current WEF-resource challenges in South Asia, and delivers potential angles for improvements that could be derived by implementing the Nexus approach, with a focus on hydroelectrial power and development of waterways. This is an excerpt of the original article, which can be accessed below.

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