Thursday, November 17, 2011


PUBLICATION: Understanding the Nexus

“Understanding the Nexus”, the background paper for the International Conference “The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy” from 16 to 18 November 2011 in Bonn, Germany, is now available online.

”There is a growing recognition that other sectors need to get involved in water governance”, explains the paper’s main author Holger Hoff, of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). ”Our paper addresses these interactions, and also presents initial evidence for how a nexus approach can enhance water, energy and food security and help to build a green economy by reducing trade-offs and building synergies across the three sectors.”

The Bonn2011 Nexus Conference Background paper highlights opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce wastage and alleviate poverty, and how to benefit from productive ecosystems.

SEI Centre Director Johan Kuylenstierna, co-author of “Understanding the Nexus”, makes clear: “Our world economy needs to rapidly become greener and more sustainable. Water plays a key role in food, biofuel and power production, and a nexus approach can help tackle the global water crisis by increasing water-use efficiency. This paper presents case studies that demonstrate related challenges and opportunities.”

The development of “Understanding the Nexus” has been coordinated and led by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Other main contributors were the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), as well as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development WBCSD and the WWF.

Available here.

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