Urban Nexus

Project // METABOLIC – Intelligent Urban Metabolic Systems for Green Cities of Tomorrow: an FWE Nexus-based Approach

This project will identify critical factors and define critical pathways of FWE delivery to urban centers using advanced tools such as artificial Intelligence, data mining, system dynamics modeling, agro-logistics and scenario analysis.

Food, Water and Energy (FWE) are essential nutrients of current growing urban centers to sustain vibrant operation and healthy urban metabolism. Our goal is to promote Green Urban Centers of Tomorrow by constructing e­ffective transport and exchange mechanisms for FWE nutrients from sources to urban centers, quantifying and optimizing the FWE factors related to societal health. E­ffective management of urban metabolisms is the key to the health of our urban centers of tomorrow. To ensure a feasible work plan, we will establish direct engagement of the relevant stakeholders in participating countries. Our underlying rationale is that the FWE Nexus, manifesting as a complex supply- chain network, forms the basis of the urban metabolic system that sustains the development of our urban centers.


  • Investigate urban metabolism from FEW Nexus aspect
  • Incorporate advanced tools and models into a scientific collaboration framework
  • Propose FWE Nexus governance strategies
  • Develop an international FWE Nexus capacity building system


  • Identify critical FWE factors and delivery pathways to urban centers via AI, datamining, system dynamics, agro-logistics and scenario analysis
  • Find intertwined nature of FWE lifecycles from production, processing, delivery, consumption to disposal

Expected results and impacts

  • Develop better reallocation schemes, management strategies and solutions at FWE Nexus level
  • Propose virtual resource center for transdisciplinary training to share strategies, raise
    public awareness and build capacity in FEW Nexus

Project partners

National Taiwan University (NTU), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, University of Illinois, Qatar University, University of Sao Paulo, Sunny Rich Power Co.



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Report // Report on EU sustainability goals: insights from Quantitative Story Telling and WEFE nexus

This report of the EU Horizon 2020 project "MAGIC Nexus" offers a socio-ecological assessment of the EU agri-food system, specifically implications for progress towards Europe’s policy goals and the UN Agenda 2030, focused on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (End Hunger). The report looks at the influence of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on European agriculture.

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Online Event // Conversations for Inspiration: The Water, Energy Food Nexus

The session "Leverage to achieve sustainable development" is part of a series of online events titled “Conversations for Inspiration” organized by México Actua, an NGO that brings together the academic, business, government and civil society to inform, raise awareness and take actions focused on the WEF Nexus as a solution for sustainable development in Mexico (held in Spanish).

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Nexus Blog // Online Event on Public Investment Planning with a Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Approach

The Natural Resources Division of ECLAC, in collaboration with ILPES and GIZ, presented a methodological guide for the adoption of the WEF Nexus approach within the design of policies, plans and projects in the water, energy and food sectors to the Network of National Public Investment Systems (SNIP) of Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, case studies from LAC countries were presented as an example of the practical application of the guidance document.

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