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Nexus in MENA // Mainstreaming the Nexus Approach in Water, Food and Energy Policies in the MENA Region

By Hussein Abaza. There are close linkages between water, food and energy. Policies for the three sectors need to be designed in a coordinated and integrated manner. An integrated Nexus approach should therefore be adopted in order to ensure complementarities and synergies between the three sectors. This will support government efforts in the MENA region to follow a sustainable green path.

Since the ultimate end is to achieve sustainable development, the three pillars of social, economic and environment sustainability have to be taken into account in developing the water, energy and agricultural strategies. Moreover, to that end, a series of specific objectives have to be tackled, such as the governance system, the regulatory framework, research and trade policy, public awareness and access to finance, among others.


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IEMed: The European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), founded in 1989, is a consortium comprising the Catalan Government, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Barcelona City Council. It incorporates civil society through its Board of Trustees and its Advisory Council formed by Mediterranean universities, companies, organisations and personalities of renowned prestige.

Hussein Abaza is the Former Chief of the Economics and Trade Branch, United Nations Environment Programme. 

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Nexus Publicación // Manual de Capacitación Equipo Móvil de Bombeo Solar

Desarrollar y fortalecer capacidades de asesoramiento técnico y formulación de proyectos de agua, energía solar y producción de alimentos, en personal técnico del sector público y privado, así como en familias campesinas mediante su formación práctica utilizando un Equipo Móvil de Bombeo Solar demostrativo. La publicación1 de la Caja de herramientas de sistemas de riego solar ha sido posible gracias al apoyo brindado por la iniciativa mundial PAEGC. En 2012, la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para...

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WEF Nexus Publication // Applying the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach to Catalyse Transformational Change in Africa

RES4Africa Foundation’s new study carried out in collaboration with Open Economics, looks at a WEF nexus project in rural Tanzania integrating hydro-powered mini-grid and agri-business usages that distributes water, power and food services to the surrounding communities. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects that the innovative Nexus project can have on a specific area. In doing this, a microeconomic impact assessment was developed to evaluate economic, social and environmental costs...

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WEF Nexus Research // Solar Energy Farming as a Development Innovation for Vulnerable Water Basins

By Mohammad Al-Saidi and Nisreen Lahham. This article evaluates a project from the Azraq Basin in Jordan, and presents similar international experiences, particularly from India. It assesses solar energy farming as an innovation from a water-energy-food nexus perspective.

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