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Nexus Fact Sheet // The Nexus Regional Dialogue in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region

The WEF Nexus approach assists MENA in achieving the SDGs and mandates of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The approach enables systems thinking and organisational learning among the sectors. It can substantially improve the sustainable use of scarce resources and reduce risks to the supply of the essential human needs for water, food and energy.

Priority interests for the MENA region include

  • solar desalination, using solar energy to treat and reuse wastewater
  • solar water pumping, and
  • investments in biofuels and offshore agriculture to ensure food security and preserve scarce water resources.

Willingness to adopt the Nexus approach in MENA was reflected already in the LAS-initiated Nexus Regional Dialogue (NRD), which was launched at the Arab States Regional South-South Development Expo in Doha in February 2014.

The MENA  Nexus Regional Dialogue seeks to generate discussion about water, energy and food security. By engaging members of the Arab Ministerial Water Council (AMWC), the Arab Ministerial Council on Electricity (AMCE) and the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE), the NRD aims to obtain support from these councils and the various national governments.

Activities and Outcomes of the Nexus Regional Dialogue in the MENA Region

  • Nexus Policy Briefs
  • Human Capacity Development
  • Nexus Country Assessments and Nexus Applications


Nexus Factsheet MENA


February 2018

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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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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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