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Second meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus

8 - 9 September 2014

Geneva, Switzerland

The Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus is charged with the overview and guidance of the assessment of the nexus in selected transboundary basins, which is carried out as part of the Convention’s programme of work 2013–2015 that was adopted by the Parties.

This second meeting of the Task Force brought together representatives of the countries that are concerned by the basin assessments, whether carried out already or planned for 2015, as well as representatives of organizations undertaking parallel initiatives, partners, experts and stakeholders.

The meeting had the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the status of preparations so far;
  • Review the approach to assessing the nexus, including the methodology, under the Water Convention;
  • Discuss the findings and the experience from the basin assessments carried out so far;
  • Review the preparations for the forthcoming basin assessments, hear about the related expectations and discuss their specificities;
  • Discuss the format and elements of the basin assessments to be produced as well as the overall stocktaking report from the nexus assessment;
  • Agree on the next steps in the current process;
  • Propose possible follow-up activities for the Convention’s programme of work 2016–2018.
Provisional agendaPDFPDF
Progress report on the thematic assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus






Alazani/Ganikh River Basin Water-Food-Energy -Ecosystems Nexus assessmentPDFPDF
A draft methodology for assessing governance aspects of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus



List of participantsPDF
Opening address/key note
Investments to address the Water/Food/Energy/Ecosystem Nexus in the Global Environmental Facility’s (GEF) programming to enhance greater resource and environmental security
Ms. Astrid Hillers, Senior Environmental Specialist, GEF
Background to the nexus assessment: objectives, scope and expected outcomes
Ms. Annukka Lipponen, Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECE
The methodology developed for the nexus assessment under the Water Convention
Mr. Mark Howells, professor, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm (UNECE consultant)
Proposed methodology for the institutional assessment
Mr. Christian Bréthaut, University of Geneva
Invited commentary:  Land management and food security perspective to the nexus — possible indicators
Ms. Lucie Pluschke, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Invited commentary: Economic aspects
Ms. Tatiana Efimova, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems assessment in the Alazani/Ganikh Basin
Ms. Matanat Avazova, Deputy Director of Environmental National Monitoring Department, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Azerbaijan and Mr. Alexander Mindorashvili, Main Specialist of Water Resources Service, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Georgia
Preliminary lessons learned from the nexus assessment and intersectoral coordination in the Sava Basin
Mr. Dejan Komatina, Secretary, International Sava River Basin Commission
Nexus issues in the Syr Darya Basin
Mr. Vadim Sokolov, Global Water Partnership (GWP)
Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Syr Darya Basin: the proposed approach
Ms. Annukka Lipponen, Water Convention secretariat
Water for food, energy and ecosystems in the Niger Basin
Mr. Jean Abdias Compaore, Environment Specialist, Niger Basin Authority
Approaching the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Niger Basin
Mr. Frank van Weert, Wetlands International
North-West Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS): status of knowledge, issues and need for an intersectoral approach
Mr. Djamel Latrech, Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS)
Other possible basins explored for the assessment (brief updates on the status/perspectives):
The Isonzo/Soca  
Mr. Paolo Angelini, Italian Head of Delegation in the Alpine Convention, President of the Permanent Committee for the Italian Presidency 2013-2014, Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea
The proposed outline and format of the basin assessments
Ms. Annukka Lipponen, Water Convention secretariat
The proposed scope and structure for the stocktaking report from the nexus assessment
Ms. Annukka Lipponen, Water Convention secretariat
Nexus indicators & their use in the assessment:
Ms. Lucia de Strasser, KTH
Model maps and graphics
Ms. Lesya Nikolayeva, Zoï Environment Network
Nexus Infrastructure Solutions
Mr. James Dalton, International Union for Conservation of Nature/International Water Association
Joint Research Centre’s assessment of the Nexus in the Danube Basin and in the Mekrou
Mr. Giovanni Bidoglio, European Commission Joint Research Centre
Ecosystems, Water, Energy and Food — 3-S River Basin: Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia
Ms. Tracy Farrell, Senior Technical Director (Mekong Program), Conservation International
Transboundary cooperation between Cambodia and Viet Nam Integrated Water Resources Management in the Sesan and Srepok Sub-Basins
Mr. Tran Minh Khoi, Center for Water Quality and Environment, Southern Institute for Water Resources
Planning, Viet Nam
The Executive Committee of the International Fund for saving the Aral SeaPDF
Summary of the decisions: Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, SYKE, and Ms. Annukka Lipponen, Water Convention secretariatPDF