Policy Papers

Strategy for Interlinkages between Water, Energy and Agriculture (Nexus Perspective) // Synergies and Conflicting Goals

Global forecasts predict a 40 to 50 per cent increase in the demand for fresh water, energy and food until 2030 due to pressure caused by population growth, economic growth, international trade, urbanisation, changes in eating habits, climate change and technological advances. The objective is to adopt an integrated approach for the three sectors water, energy and agriculture (Nexus perspective), with a view to reconciling their interests as they compete for the same scarce resources and resolving conflicts while respecting planetary boundaries. In this paper, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) lays out its strategy to achieve this integrated resource vision.

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The document is in German/English; English version starts on page 8.

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March 2018

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German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Divions for “Water, urban development, mobility”, “Energy, infrastructure, raw materials”, „International agricultural policy, agriculture, innovation“ and „Rural development, land rights, forests, animal husbandry“

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SDGs

WEFE Nexus Publication // European Commission Position Paper on the WEFE Nexus and the SDGs

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) and European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) have recently launched a Position Paper on the Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Highlighting the key outcomes of exchanges with experts held in 2018, the Paper aims to launch a dialogue on how to operationalise the WEFE Nexus.

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Modelling and Assessment

Holistic Water-Energy-Food Nexus for Guiding Water Resources Planning // Matagorda County, Texas Case

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