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By Raimund Bleischwitz. The major changes that have occurred across the world call for a new approach to sustainability – one that is driven from the bottom up, rather than by governments.
A conference report by the UNESCO Office in Jakarta. With the generous support of the Malaysian and the Japanese governments, UNESCO and PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi organized the International Conference: Asia Pacific Policy Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Security for Poverty Alleviation in Dryland Regions. 200 participants consisting of policy makers, scientists, academicians, other experts, stakeholders and students participated in this forum. They gathered to discuss and explore new dimensions to increase water and food security and alleviate poverty in the resource deficient dryland regions worldwide, in Asia and the Pacific region, and particularly in Pakistan. 15 international experts from 10 countries (Afghanistan, Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Philippines) participated in this 3-day event.
At the Institute of Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich. The team is searching for a candidate that will carry out research to develop an integrated model of the water-energy-food nexus starting from an existing physically based distributed hydrological model, by interfacing it with models of agricultural productivity and ecosystem response. Research will be devoted to improvements of the distributed model components.
A WEF nexus advisor is wanted for the GIZ programme "Support to the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and the Water Policy Sector Programme, initiated a partnership with the Niger Basin Authority to implement the Nexus Regional Dialogues. A set of activities will be implemented by GIZ and NBA including endorsed regional and national Nexus policy recommendations and institutional WEF Nexus studies, customized capacity development activities and micro-scale implementation within pioneer countries.
Jauad El Kharraz, Head of Research of the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) will speak on the water-energy-food nexus and its potential for the MENA region at the 2016 Intex Oman trade exhibition in Muscat.
The new Denmark Technical University (DTU) International Energy Report 2016 brings up the complex issues of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and analyses challenges and opportunities for wider introduction of the nexus concept from local to global scale in order to enhance the security and sustainability in the Nexus.
A matchmaking event for the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative/Food-Water-Energy Nexus call will be organized on January 12th (11:00 – 17:00) in Leipzig at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology).
DAFNE advocates an integrated and adaptive water resources planning and management approach that explicitly addresses the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus from a novel participatory and multidisciplinary perspective. This includes social, economic, and ecologic dimensions, involves both public and private actors and is socially inclusive, enhances resource efficiency and prevents the loss of ecosystem services in regions where large infrastructures exist or are being built and intensive agriculture is expanding.
By Golam Rasul and Bikash Sharma. Using the Hindu Kush Himalayan region as an example, this article seeks to increase understanding of the interlinkages in the water, energy, and food nexus, explains why it is important to consider this nexus in the context of adaptation responses, and argues that focusing on trade-offs and synergies using a nexus approach could facilitate greater climate change adaptation and help ensure food, water, and energy security by enhancing resource use efficiency and encouraging greater policy coherence. It concludes that a nexus-based adaption approach – which integrates a nexus perspective into climate change adaptation plans and an adaptation perspective into development plans – is crucial for effective adaptation. The article provides a conceptual framework for considering the nexus approach in relation to climate change adaptation, discusses the potential synergies, trade-offs, and offers a broader framework for making adaptation responses more effective.
This special issue is an outcome of that conference, and contains significant pieces of work on the WEF nexus that were presented at the conference focusing on relevant tools, solutions and governance at different scales. Together, the articles in this special issue contribute to answering two key questions: How can the WEF nexus be implemented across scales? And how can governance and management practices reduce trade-offs and exploit synergies? The special issue features 12 articles that are divided into two sections according to the two thematic questions. Articles under the scale and implementation theme discuss challenges, assessment tools and solutions for implementing nexus approaches at different scales and how these scales are linked with one another through synergies and trade-offs. Articles under the governance and management theme address different mechanisms and institutional arrangements that can support a paradigm shift away from disjointed policies. Articles also focus on government initiatives that take into account the complexity of linkages between water, food and energy to maximize positive results and minimize harmful impacts.
"Addressing the integrity of our landscapes is about addressing food security; it’s about addressing water security and energy security, and with that, women’s equality," says Wanjira Mathai, Director of Partnerships for Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) at the Wangari Maathai Institute (WMI).
As water becomes ever more scant the world needs to conserve it, use it more efficiently and establish clear rights over who owns the stuff. Where water is available, when and in what condition matters hugely. About 97% of the water on earth is salty; the rest is replenished through seasonal rainfall or is stored in underground wells known as aquifers. Humans, who once settled where water was plentiful, are now inclined to shift around to places that are less well endowed, pulled by other economic forces.
By Brett Walton. Year-old scientific society seeks new responses for an era of rapid change: The old ecological and political order is crumbling. When calculations are complete, 2016 will be the hottest year on record, surpassing a mark set one year ago. The oceans are rising at an increasing rate. In the American West, it is too warm and dry this month for snow, delaying the accumulation of a natural water reserve that cities, farms, and fisheries rely on during the summer. Politics are no less turbulent. After the U.S. election, domestic regulations affecting energy development, infrastructure spending, and water supplies are in flux. Allies in the struggle to slow global carbon pollution ponder America’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, which went into effect earlier this month.