In the context of Central Asia, to mainstream the Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach, the following will be essential:
- At the national level, nexus perspectives need to be strengthened and incorporated into national policies, strategies and plans; capacities and bottom-up approaches need to be built and local solutions to regional nexus problems sought; and
- At the regional level, it will be necessary to develop regional development objectives through dialogue and negotiation, share benefits across the entire Aral Sea Basin and strengthen regulatory frameworks for joint decision-making.
There are many ways to not agree about the nexus, the report authors conclude. What becomes clear is that it would bring a competitive advantage to all institutions (public, private, etc.) and sectors to increase and gain a better understanding of the cause and effect relationships as they execute their mandates and implement policy actions and reforms. Best practice cases are a powerful tool to advance that understanding and foster dialogue.
Available both in English (Increasing returns on investment opportunities by applying a nexus approach: best practice nexus case studies) and Russian (Расширение возможностей для возврата инвестиций посредством применения подхода Нексус: Примеры передовой практики подхода Нексус).
- IUCN’s work on nexus
- Event report: Triggering Cooperation Across the Food-Water-Energy Nexus in Central Asia
- Visual story: Fostering water, energy and food security in Central Asia
- Securing water, energy and food for people in Central Asia
- Animated video: Natural Infrastructure Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation
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