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Research // Global Risks and Opportunities in Food, Energy, Environment and Water to 2050

By R. Quentin Grafton. In this article the author reflects on where the world was in 1968, where it is heading in the context of the Food, Energy, Water and Environment Nexus, and how researchers should respond. What is required is better decision making that focuses on risks and opportunities and at multiple scales and contexts. This requires a paradigm shift in how decisions are made, what information is gathered and how it is used. It also demands a ‘Nexus’ approach to responding to systemic risks, encompassing multiple disciplines and meaningful partnerships between researchers, decision makers and those who implement the decisions.


R. Quentin Grafton, FASSA is a Professor of Economics, the holder of the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance, Executive Director of the Asia and Pacific Policy Society, and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He also serves as the Director of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network.




The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and an agenda for action. Edited by Felix Dodds and Jamie Bartram. London, New York 2016, pp. 72-77

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Project // Improving Security and Climate Resilience in a fragile Context through the Water-Energy and Food Security Nexus (Frexus)

The Frexus project fosters cross-sectoral and integrated approaches in resource management, within local communities in Mali, Niger and Chad that are faced with the consequences of resource scarcity and climate change. The vicious cycle of resource scarcity, competition, conflict and instability currently challenging many communities, can be turned into a virtuous cycle of resilience, sustainable resources management, cooperation and security. Frexus (Nexus in Fragile contexts) aims at providing...

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Pocket Flyer // Water, Energy and Food for All A Nexus Approach

The 2017 BMZ Water Strategy, with its six intersectoral strategies, is a binding basis for German Development Cooperation and integrates cross-sectoral thinking for economically sustainable, integrated and climatefriendly development. The Water, Agriculture and Energy Nexus is one of six intersectoral strategies, highlighting the need to achieve water, energy and food security for well-being.

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Publication // What-If: An Open-Source Decision Support Tool for Water Infrastructure Investment Planning within the Water–Energy–Food–Climate Nexus

By Raphaël Payet-Burin, Mikkel Kromann, Silvio Pereira-Cardenal, Kenneth Marc Strzepek and Peter Bauer-Gottwein. This paper presents a new open-source hydro-economic optimization model, incorporating in a holistic framework, representations of the water, agriculture, and power systems. The model represents the joint development of Nexus related infrastructure and policies and evaluates their economic impact, as well as the risks linked to uncertainties in future climate and socio-economic...

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