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The UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) is hiring a research assistant for its Capacity Development and Governance (CDG). The Nexus Observatory is an important project of the CDG unit. The goal of the Nexus Observatory is to facilitate the organisation of data and analytical tools to support innovations in research and knowledge translation for evidence-based decision-making.
This special issue of "Resources, Conservation and Recycling" will provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange to advance our understanding of current state of FEW systems and emerging methodological techniques on FEW nexus modeling that will lead to guiding and developing sustainable and resilient FEW systems.
Swaziland PM opens 36th Joint Meeting of SADC Ministers of Energy and Water, ahead of Resource Mobilisation and Energy Investment Forum, on 11 July 2017
The water-energy-food nexus has become a popular concept in environmental change research and policy debates. A new SEI working paper by Nina Weitz, Claudia Strambo, Eric Kemp-Benedict and Måns Nilsson gives an extended account of the literature review.
Konrad Adenauer Foundation's graduate programme "trAndeS" and the Regional Program Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America organize a workshop in Lima
The circular economy paradigm requires that the value of water and associated wastes are addressed which will, in turn, drive innovation in public policy, financing, business models and technology. This “one water” paradigm will proactively create value for both the private and public sectors in low, middle and high income economies and contribute to achieving the SDGs, in particular the targets for water (SDG 6.3) and sustainable production (SDG 12.5).
Use your inspiration from the conference and share your ideas in this interactive session! The urban water-energy nexus poses unique challenges to infrastructures, behavioural patterns and institutional frameworks. However, the interlinkages among the sectors also open great potential for sustainable urban development. To fulfil this potential an inter- and transdisciplinary approach is needed.
By Y.H. Percival Zhang. The future roles of biomass and carbohydrate for meeting needs of food/feed, renewable materials, and transportation fuels (biofuels) remain controversial due to numerous issues, such as increasing food and feed needs, constraints of natural resources (land, water, phosphate, biomass, etc.), and limitations of natural photosynthesis, as well as competing energy conversion pathways and technologies. The goal of this opinion article is to clarify the future roles of biomass and biorefineries using quantitative data other than adjective words.
By IEA Bioenergy and Global Bioenergy Partnership. The 20 examples presented in this publication illustrate an encouraging variety both in terms of bioenergy systems and geographical distribution, and they all show how solutions can be found that produce bioenergy while contributing positively to the state of water. These experiences are also meant to serve as sources of inspiration that other bioenergy producers can use to enhance the sustainability of their own activities.
By Dawit Diriba Guta, Jose Jara, Narayan Prasad Adhikari, Qiu Chen, Varun Gaur and Alisher Mirzabaev. Access to reliable and affordable energy is vital for sustainable development. In the off-grid areas of developing countries, decentralized energy solutions have received increasing attention due to their contributions to reducing poverty. However, most of the rural population in many developing countries still has little or no access to modern energy technologies. This paper assesses the factors that determine the successes and failures of decentralized energy solutions based on local harmonized case studies from heterogeneous contexts from Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and South America.
By Matt McGrath. The global market for foodstuffs is depleting water sources in many parts of the world quicker than they can naturally be refilled. The complex trade is increasing pressure on non-renewable groundwater, mainly used for irrigating crops such as rice, wheat and cotton.
Welsh Water is investing £250m to help produce its own energy needs and cut its £44m annual utility bill.
The project will be developed by Abengoa, a Spain-based company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, in the Agadir region in partnership with the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water and BMCE Bank, Trade Arabia reported.