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Workshop Report // FEW Nexus Stakeholder Information Sharing and Engagement Workshop

The transfer of scientific knowledge into the hands of the stakeholders who will use these outcomes is an essential part of any project. The San Antonio Stakeholder Engagement Workshop “The Water-Energy-Food Nexus (WEF) Stakeholder Information and Engagement Workshop” took place 10 January 2018, at the Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus.

Members of the water, energy, and food sectors came from governmental, business, and civil society institutions in the San Antonio region to interact with academia and learn of the outcomes of the work of the Initiative over the last two years. The Workshop was funded by WEFNI and by NSF award 1739977. The research reported there was also funded in part by NSF grant OAC-1638283. It should also be noted that the work with the San Antonio Case Studies will be continued, in part, through NSF 1739977.


  • Overview of Water-Energy-Food Nexus Initiative, Rabi Mohtar
  • Science Panel
    • Moderator: David Baltensperger
    • Panelists: Bruce Mc Carl, Kent Portney, Valentini Papas, Debalina Sengupta
  • Engagement Session: Are we asking the right questions?
  • Engagement Session: Incentives, limitations, and opportunities of working across disciplines?


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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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Publication // Review of transdisciplinary Approaches to Food-Water-Energy Nexus: A Guide towards Sustainable Development

By Maryam Ghodsvali, Sukanya Krishnamurthy, Bauke de Vries. This paper provides a systematic literature review to debate the current concepts and methods of the transdisciplinary research on the FWE nexus with the aim of developing a guide for socially inclusive sustainable development.

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