The “Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its Implications for Governance“ event, supported by the German Science Foundation, will address challenges and key research gaps in dealing with the WEF nexus. The forum is also supported by the Sustainable Water Future Programme, linked to Future Earth.
Date: 15 and 16 June 2016.
Location: Osnabrück, Germany.
Water, food and energy security are inter-related, but these linkages are seldom understood and even less often acted upon in the development of governance strategies. The relevance of the connections between them for securing basic services under conditions of change and the functioning of ecosystems has not been explored systematically.
As a result, siloed strategies continue to prevail, degrading and wasting natural resources, reproducing unequal access, with adverse, long-term impacts on the environment and reduced socio-ecological resilience.
- Integrated modelling and complex interdependencies.
- Governance challenges and innovative governance instruments.
- Assessment of risks affecting security in the nexus.
- Network approaches to study the nexus.
- Social-ecological systems and unsustainability traps.
- Typical nexus “syndromes” (e.g. biofuels, large dams).
- The role of ecosystem services in understanding and governing the nexus.
- Socio-technical systems as leverage points for sustainability transformation.
- The role of the nexus in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information see the WEF website.
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