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Global Workshop on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus

6 - 7 December 2016

Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The global stock-taking workshop on assessments of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus and response measures in transboundary basins took place in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 6 and 7 December 2016, back to back with the fourth meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus (Geneva, 8 December 2016) .

With the adoption of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is clear that as the SDGs on energy, food security, water and ecosystems ─ and beyond ─ are closely interlinked and there are trade-offs involved. Therefore, an intersectoral  (nexus) approach is required to support dialogue about the impacts, priorities and choices related to progress in different areas of sustainable development.  

Coordination between the resource sectors and cooperation between the riparian countries in transboundary basins where impacts of sectoral management can spread from one country to another is complex but necessary.

The aim of this workshop was not only to review what is the current understanding and practical application of the nexus concept, but also to discuss possible management responses in the light of expectations from Governments as well as from organizations for transboundary cooperation, notably river basin organizations.

The workshop is a part of the area of work on the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus.

A short article by UNECE on the Nexus meetings can be found here.

Information noticePDF
Marketplace of methodologies and approaches, and their applicationPDFPDFSPA
List of participantsPDF
Background documents 
Programme of work for 2016–2018
Good practices and policies for intersectoral synergies to deploy renewable energy: the water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus approach to the Sustainable Development Goals 
Background publications
Policy Guidance on the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation: Identification, Assessment and Communication
Analytical Brief on Water and Sanitation Interlinkages across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentwebpage
Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus
Chapter 5: Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: Summary nexus assessment of the Alazani/Ganykh River Basin
ECE/MP.WAT/46 (chapter 5) 
Chapter 7: Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Syr Darya River Basin
ECE/MP.WAT/46 (chapter 7) 
Opening session
Keynote speech: The Climate, Land, Energy, Water (CLEW) and Ecosystem Nexus
Mark Howells, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Session 2: Lessons from basins which have been assessed / studied
JRC Water–Energy–Food – AFRIMED: Perspectives for the Mediterranean and Africa
Cesar Carmona-Moreno, Joint Research Centre
Water–Energy–Food and Ecosystems: a nexus to be strengthened in order to reduce hunger in the Mekrou transboundary basin
Arnaud Adjagodo, Global Water Partnership Benin
The Nile approaches: Program design, assessments; benefit sharing and cooperation
Tom Waako, Nile Basin Initiative
The Assessment of the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus in the Sava River Basin under the UNECE Water Convention
Annukka Lipponen, UNECE
Incorporating water into broader development frameworks through Nexus approaches, The Syr Darya Basin
Marlos de Souza, FAO
Session 3: Nexus solutions
Fuzzy to Functional: Balancing the nexus through the SDGs
James Dalton, IUCN
Cross sectoral cooperation in transboundary basins in GEF projects
Astrid Hillers, Global Environment Facility
Analytical toolbox of the UN-DESA
Silvia Fernández, Unit for Analysis of Social and Economic Policies (UDAPE), Bolivia
The water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in EIB projects & The Natural Capital Finance Facility (NCFF)
Stefanie Lindenberg, European Investment Bank
Coordination with the food sector and implementation of the SDGs
Rabi Mohtar, Texas Agricultural & Mechanical University
Socio-environmental responsibility in Paraguay, benefits and cost sharing from energy generation in a binational facility
Moisés Ayala, ITAIPU Binational
Environmental flows and actions/approaches to make hydropower more sustainable
Angela Klauschen, Global Water Partnership
Sava Zagreb project: coordinated flow regulation to support multiple uses
Dubravko Ponoš, Director of Program Sava Ltd
Water Risk Filter, Louise Gallagher
Luc Hoffmann Institute/WWF
Session 4: Sub-region cases and how a nexus approach could be put into practice
Balkans: Drin
Dimitris Faloutsos, Global Water Partnership Mediterranean
Western Africa
Cesar Carmona-Moreno, JRC
Eastern Europe: Dniester
Tamara Kutonova, UNDP Moldova
Central Asia
Ludmila Kiktenko, Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia 
Bo Libert, UNECE
Middle East and North Africa: Development of Nexus Policies on behalf of a regional (non-basin) Organisation, case of League of Arab States
Detlef Klein, GIZ
Middle East and North Africa: North Western Sahara Aquifer System
Djamel Latrech, Sahara and Sahel Observatory
Latin America
Andrés Sánchez, Organization of American States
South-Eastern Asia
Pongsak Suttinon, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand 
Concluding session: Conclusions and next steps
Seppo Rekolainen, FinlandPDF
Overview of The Marketplace of methodologies and approaches, and their applicationPDFPDFPDF
Developing Integrated Assessment Modelling and future scenarios to assess trade-offs and synergies between water energy and food at global and regional scales
Simon Langan, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis 
Exploring nexus interlinkages at different scales: implementing Climate, Land (Food), Energy and Water strategies framework at city, national, regional and global levels
Mark Howells, KTH-dESA
Addressing Water–Energy–Food–Ecosystem NEXUS local challenges and needs with tailored ICT tools: e-NEXUS Module
Cesar Carmona-Moreno, Joint Research Centre European Commission (JRC)
Participatory Water–Energy–Food–Ecosystem Nexus in Transboundary Basins
Annukka Lipponen, UNECE /Lucia de Strasser, UNECE consultant
The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: An approach in support of food security and sustainable agriculture
Marlos de Souza, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


An interactive simulation model for equitable and coherent transboundary Sustainable Development Goal policies
Gunda Zuellich, Millennium Institute
BrochureSDG analysis for Ivory Coast
UNU-FLORES Nexus assessment approach: steps involved and criteria that make it a nexus case
Tamara Avellán, UNU-FLORES
Place-based water-energy-food security: Lessons from two approaches
Dimple Roy, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Establishing Principles and Action Fields for Nexus Mainstreaming in German Development Cooperation
Detlef Klein, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)