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Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus

22 - 23 October 2020

Salle XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland and Interprefy for online participation

The sixth meeting Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus will take place in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 22 and 23 October 2020 under the leadership of Finland, with the support of the UNECE secretariat. 

The Task Force consists of government representatives (mainly water, energy, agriculture and environment protection authorities) notably countries that have experience in nexus or integrated assessments; river basin organizations; specialized agencies; international, regional and non-governmental organizations as well as experts/academia, and is open to participation by interested representatives from these groups.

The meeting aims to discuss the preliminary findings from a stocktaking exercise of “nexus solutions and investments” that the Water Convention Secretariat is developing in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in response to a request from the Meeting of the Parties to The Convention (Astana, 10-12 October 2018). The stocktaking – based on a survey from stakeholders with experience of nexus solutions and investments around the world, including from nexus assessments and dialogues - aims to provide clarity on the benefits and added value of implementing nexus solutions to solve the most typical problems affecting transboundary basins in terms of water quantity, quality, and environment.  Designing, planning, and implementing nexus solutions and investments is in the interest of all policy makers (notably from the nexus sectors of energy and agriculture) because these are associated to lower political risks (broader consensus), higher levels of  coherence  when  it  comes  to  cross-sectoral  goals (e.g. climate goals) and broader benefits (multiple interests), than strictly sectorally developed solutions. Experience of financing nexus investments will also be discussed. The Task Force is expected to agree about further development of the synthesis for review and publication in 2021 for the 9th Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention.  

During this meeting, the Task Force will discuss future work under in the programme of work for 2021-2024 under the Water Convention related to 1) water allocation (development of a Handbook on Water Allocation in a Transboundary Context is on-going as part of the Programme of Work 2019-2021) and 2) activities on the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus. 

The meeting will be interpreted in English, French, Russian and Spanish .

Delegates planning to attend the meeting, whether virtually or in-person, are requested to register by 20 October 2020 using the following link: http://indico.un.org/e/6thNexusTF. Kindly use Chrome or Firefox as browser. In case of difficulties, please contact the secretariat by email (katri.veldre@un.org). The link for virtual participation in the meeting will be sent to registered participants only.



Annotated provisional agenda for the 6th meeting of the Task Force on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus (TFWFEEN/2020/1)PDFPDFPDFPDF
Concept note
Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus
Nexus solutions and investments in transboundary basins: draft report
Questionnaire on nexus solutions and investments (with translation)WordWordWord
Report of the Meeting of the Parties on its eighth session: Programme of work for 2019–2021 (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1)PDF
Towards sustainable renewable energy investment and deployment: Trade-offs and opportunities with water resources and the environment
Reconciling resource uses: Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the North Western Sahara Aquifer System, Part A - "Nexus Challenges and Solutions
Policy Brief: Improving sustainable development in the North Western Sahara Aquifer System through a transboundary nexus approach
Thematic report on the resource nexus (Phase I of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus assessment of the Drin basin)


Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus and benefits of transboundary cooperation in the Drina River Basin
A nexus approach to transboundary cooperation: The experience of the Water Convention
Methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins and experiences from its application: synthesis
More information and all reports and basin nexus assessments