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Nexus News

News  |  26 Sep 2016

World Water Week 2016 // A Nexus for the future

For the past five years, development sector professionals have been looking with increased interest at the way various issues facing the world interrelate. A single issue, like water, cannot be considered alone: it relates to many other issues, like agriculture, commerce, mining, and health; to make matters even more complicated, water often crosses borders, thereby involving multiple countries.› more

News  |  22 Sep 2016

Food Security // The Food Water Energy Nexus

Food security is the defining issue of the 21st Century. There’s no better way to illustrate systemic impacts than to look at the food-water-energy nexus. An interview with Dr. Tim Fox, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London. › more

News  |  20 Sep 2016

MENA Region // WEF Nexus in the Arab Region: Challenges and Prospects

In Arab language. - In this interview Prof. Waleed Khalil Al-Zubari of the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) highlights the great importance of adopting the Nexus approach in the Arab region where the interrelations between the three sectors are stronger than in any other region in the world. There is an increasing demand for these resources in the Arab countries, as populations grow and consumption patterns change. At the same time, climate change has a strong effect on the already critical situation of water and food resources.› more

News  |  19 Sep 2016

Nexus Job Vacancy // Senior Researcher on WEF Nexus at Cranfield University, UK

A vacancy has arisen in the Complex Systems Research Centre for a senior researcher on the STEPPING UP project, funded by the EPSRC. With experience of complex systems research methods and in particular agent based modelling tools, the job will be to develop a UK model representing the Water Energy Food Nexus and show its impact on the environment, economy and society. Deadline 17 Oct 2016› more

Upcoming Nexus Events

Event  |   1 Sep 2016

Conference Session // Dealing with a wicked problem?: WEF NEXUS Thinking: UK and International Perspectives

This session of the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016 will explore WEF nexus challenges and associated methodologies and ask if parallels can be drawn from existing wicked problem solutions. Treating Water, Energy and Food (WEF) as an integrated system opens up space to explore efficiency gains and opportunities for innovative low impact solutions.› more

Conferences, Forums and Symposiums  |  20 Aug 2016

Conference // Nexus Thinking

The theme for the 2016 Annual Conference (AC2016) of the Royal Geographical Society (UK) is nexus thinking, an approach that has attracted a surge of interest in the last five years among academics, policy-makers and third sector organizations. The aim of nexus thinking is to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains – an approach to which geographers might feel an inherent attraction. Rather than seeing energy, food and water resources as separate systems, for example, nexus thinking focuses on their interconnections, favouring an integrated approach that moves beyond national, sectoral, policy and disciplinary silos to identify more efficient, equitable and sustainable use of scarce resources.› more

Event  |  16 Aug 2016

Seminar at World Water Week 2016 // Wastewater Reuse for Enhanced Food and Non-Food Value Chains

The seminar will explore the opportunities of using wastewater and organic waste within multifunctional land-use systems for the production of food and energy crops in urban transition zones in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this approach the wastewater is treated in a target-oriented manner to be used for irrigation and nutrient supply of the respective land-use, considering hygienic as well as environmental aspects.› more

New Nexus Resources

Resource  |  27 Sep 2016

Virtualisation // Virtual water - the water, food, and trade nexus. Useful concept or misleading metaphor?

By J.A. (Tony) Allen. The purpose of this contribution is first, to respond to the request for clarification of the term virtual water by Stephen Merrett. Second, it provides a narrative for those who might not be aware of the origin and development of the concept. Third, the discussion will draw attention to the problems encountered in gaining entry for the idea into those water policy discourses where the it was most relevant.› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  27 Sep 2016

Water-Food Nexus // Increasing Water Productivity in Agriculture

By Katrien Descheemaeker, Stuart W. Bunting, Prem Bindraban, Catherine Muthuri, David Molden, Malcolm Beveridge, Martin van Brakel, Mario Herrero, Floriane Clement, Eline Boelee, Devra I. Jarvis. Increasing water productivity is an important element in improved water management for sustainable agriculture, food security and healthy ecosystem functioning. Water productivity is defined as the amount of agricultural output per unit of water depleted, and can be assessed for crops, trees, livestock and fish. This article reviews challenges in and opportunities for improving water productivity in socially equitable and sustainable ways by thinking beyond technologies, and fostering enabling institutions and policies. › more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  26 Sep 2016

Book // The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and an Agenda for Action

Ed by Felix Dodds and Jamie Bartram. Global trends of population growth, rising living standards and the rapidly increasing urbanized world are increasing the demand on water, food and energy. Added to this is the growing threat of climate change which will have huge impacts on water and food availability. It is increasingly clear that there is no place in an interlinked world for isolated solutions aimed at just one sector. In recent years the "nexus" has emerged as a powerful concept to capture these inter-linkages of resources and is now a key feature of policy-making. › more

Nexus in the Media

27 Sep 2016

The Guardian // Africa's portable solar revolution is thwarting thieves

More secure supplies of electricity are helping to spawn new industries in rural Africa by enabling reliable refrigeration and irrigation › more

26 Sep 2016

Forbes // Water, Energy, Food - Increasingly, Everything Is Connected

People often think of scientists as solitary types, working alone in our labs, focused on a narrow topic. But if that was ever true, it’s not now. Scientific discovery and creating new technologies don’t fit in a box. That’s certainly the case with questions involving water and energy, and the so-called water-energy nexus has gained attention from both the government and from researchers over the past few years.› more

23 Sep 2016

Union of Concerned Scientists // How it Works: Water for Coal

Coal-fired power plants, which produce almost half of the country’s electricity, have significant impacts on water quantity and quality in the United States. Water is used to extract, wash, and sometimes transport the coal; to cool the steam used to make electricity in the power plant; and to control pollution from the plant. The acts of mining and burning coal, as well as dealing with the waste, also can have major effects on water quality.› more