Exploring the Added-Value of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The Applied Energy Innovation Institute;

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus has emerged as a key concept to describe the complex and interrelated nature of our global resource systems. It provides a conceptual framework to better understand the interactions between the natural environment and human activities, and to work towards a more coherent approach to natural resources management. The seminar will take a critical look at the "Nexus" and what it adds to cross-sectoral planning and implementation.


The seminar is structured in three parts, exploring different approaches, concepts and frameworks to integrated natural resources management. During the first hour, the question of the added-value of the Nexus vis-à-vis other approaches will be addressed. How does the Nexus help us to understand how water, energy and food are interlinked? Does it just add to the complexity? In the second part, we take a closer look at a different ways of applying Nexus thinking - though an interactive game and a modelling approach. We will discuss how they can be used not only to assess Nexus interlinkages, but also to engage people in the planning and management of resources. We will conclude the seminar with a panel discussion on the added-value of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.

14:00 Welcome by Olcay Ünver (FAO)


Block 1: Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

14:05 Introduction of Block 1
moderators: Lucie Pluschke, FAO and Andreas Lindström, SIWI

14:08 Setting the Scene: on integrated approaches to natural resources management
Prof. Gustaf Olsson, Lund University

14:20 Several short presentations

  • 14:20 A critical take on IWRM
    Jakob Granit, SEI
  • 14:30 From concept to practice: The FAO approach to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus
    Jean-Marc Faurès and Olivier Dubois, FAO
  • 14:40 Integrating photovoltaic water pumping technologies in regional development and ecological conservation strategies
    Jerry Yan, AEii
  • 14:50 Biofuels and large-scale land acquisitions: examples of (missed) nexus perspectives when formulating policies
    Michael Brüntrup, DIE-GDI

15:00  Coffee break


Block 2: Applying Nexus thinking: models, maps and games

15:15 Introduction of Block 2
moderator: Nathaniel Matthews, WLE/ CGIAR

15:20 CLEWs modelling
Mark Howells and Dimitrios Mentis, KTH

15:40 The Basin Challenge, an interactive Nexus game
Nathaniel Matthews, WLE/ CGIAR

15:55 Discussion

16:15 Coffee break


Block 3: Dialogue with the Panel on the added-value of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Introduction of Block 3 and moderation by Jakob Granit, SEI

16:30 Panellists providing food for thought

  • Not to everybody's benefit
    Waltina Scheumann, DIE-GDI
  • Carol Chouchani Cherfane, UN-ESCWA
  • An entry-point for cooperation across sectors
    Olcay Ünver, FAO
  • Jan Lundqvist, SIWI)

16:45 Dialogue with the audience

17:20 Concluding remarks

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