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Nexus News

News  |  23 Aug 2016

Call for Abstracts // Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS4Africa): Water and Climate

Water is the critical challenge facing many of Africa’s local governments. African cities, ranging from large metro's to small towns, are increasingly experiencing challenges related to water security, drought and flooding. As such, there has never been a more relevant time for a pan-African congress to move "from dialogue to action," providing on the ground solutions, unpacking emerging trends and unlocking financial mechanisms for improved climate resilient development at the local level. ICLEI Africa hereby invites cities, development partners, researchers, innovators, business and practitioners to submit an abstract for consideration. The closing date for submission is 16th of September 2016. › more

News  |  23 Aug 2016

Call for Applications // Wanted: Exceptional Innovations to Produce More Food with Less Water

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Government of South Africa has officially opened the Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development 4th Global Call for Innovations. Deadline for applications is 10 Oct 2016.› more

News  |  18 Aug 2016

Tools // New Version of Integrated SDG Planning Model iSDG

The Millennium Institute (MI) is pleased to announce the release of version 1.2 of the Integrated Sustainable Development Goals planning model (iSDG). The iSDG is a comprehensive simulation tool that generates country-specific development scenarios to show the implications of policy on a country’s progress towards the SDGs. › more

News  |  16 Aug 2016

NexNews // UNU-FLORES launches Nexus Newsletter

A new quarterly e-newsletter has been launched by UNU-FLORES to forster a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the interconnectedness of the Sustainable Development Goals and to realise the integrated 2030 Development Agenda involving various resources. › more

Upcoming Nexus Events

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

Event  |  16 Aug 2016

Book Launch at World Water Week 2016 // Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Good Practice Examples

Wastewater management provides one of the best natural examples to demonstrate the usefulness of the Nexus Approach to managing water, soil, and waste. This book is an attempt to share what UNU-FLORES has learned from looking at examples across the globe on this subject. Seventeen interesting case studies gathered from around the world on wastewater reuse in agriculture are presented in this book.› more

Event  |  20 Jul 2016

Dresden Nexus Conference // SDGs and Nexus Approach - Monitoring and Implementation

The Dresden Nexus Conference is a platform developed to advance the sustainable development agenda by bringing actors together who apply a Nexus Approach to resource management. Side by side, researchers and implementers (policy- and decision makers) from universities, national and international organizations, UN entities, ministries and governmental agencies, as well as individual researchers and stakeholders from the private sector and civil society discuss current research and initiatives applying the Nexus Approach and the benefits for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. › more

New Nexus Resources

Websites and Online Resources  |  18 Aug 2016

Tool // Integrated SDG Planning Model iSDG

The iSDG is a comprehensive simulation tool that generates country-specific development scenarios to show the implications of policy on a country’s progress towards the SDGs. › more

Resource  |  17 Aug 2016

Zero Hunger by 2030 // Ending Hunger: The Nexus Approach

By Fuad Siala. In the quest to ensure adequate supplies of food for a growing global population, development planners must be sensitive to the sector’s intimate links with the equally important and challenging goals of energy and water security.› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  17 Aug 2016

Research // Water Governance in a Comparative Perspective: From IWRM to a "Nexus" Approach?

By David Benson (University of Exeter), Animesh Gain (Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam), Josselin Rouillard (Ecologic Institute). Nexus thinking, in the form of integrating water security with agriculture, energy and climate concerns, is normatively argued to help better transition societies towards greener economies and the wider goal of sustainable development. Yet several issues emerge from the current debate surrounding this concept, namely the extent to which such conceptualisations are genuinely novel, whether they complement (or are replacing) existing environmental governance approaches and how – if deemed normatively desirable – the nexus can be enhanced in national contexts. This paper therefore reviews the burgeoning nexus literature to determine some common indicative criteria before examining its implementation in practice vis-à-vis more established integrated water resources management (IWRM) models. › more

Nexus in the Media

15 Aug 2016

Bloomberg // Data Centers' Water Use Has Investors on High Alert - Can companies keep using hundreds of millions of gallons a year as California dries up?

Data centers, used by governments and large corporations to house their computer systems, have one big environmental problem: They get hot. To keep them from overheating, large data centers can pump hundreds of millions of gallons of water a year through the facilities, according to company reports. That high demand for water has some investors concerned, especially in places where natural water resources are becoming ever more precious, like tech-heavy California.› more

14 Jul 2016

Mining Weekly // S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy

South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).› more

27 Jun 2016

IRENA Newsroom // Solar power boosts food production & fights poverty

Solar power offers health and environmental benefits over traditional energy sources — including reduced emissions and improved air quality — but the social benefits it offers are perhaps less well known. › more