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Beijing Nexus Symposium

Nexus initiatives

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    Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network began with the meeting of 40 experts at the University of Oxford in June 2014. While the problems are large and complex, the solutions are not. The FE2W Network intends to provide decision-makers at all levels with the knowledge and frameworks to effectively manage the tradeoffs between the security of food, energy, environment and water (FE2W).  The goal is to collaborate with decision-makers on developing and applying decision frameworks and principles that work in practice and make a difference on the ground.

    FE2W’s actions try to improve how we manage systemic risks and shocks across these systems by ‘bridging the silos’ across FE2W, recognising the interlinked uncertainties, and improving people’s lives.

    Straightforward decision frameworks that improve governance are critically important, in both poor and rich countries, to respond to and to manage the inherent risks and uncertainties across food, energy, water and the environment.


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  • Columbia Water Center: Water, Food, Energy Nexus


    Our mission is to creatively tackle water challenges of a rapidly changing world where water and climate interact with food, energy, ecosystems and urbanization. Combining the rigor of scientific research with the impact of effective policy, we aim to design reliable, sustainable models of water management and development that can be implemented on local, regional and global levels. The Columbia Water Center, in collaboration with other Earth Institute units and external partners, is leading intellectual inquiry into the assessment, understanding and resolution of the global crisis of freshwater scarcity.

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  • Water Law Initiative (Global Water Partnership)


    GWP South America recently organised the first Latin American workshop on International Waters Law. The initiative is a collaboration with GWP Central America and aims to encourage improved international cooperation on water governance. This training programme aims at supporting national governments in the development of future legislative frameworks in order to ultimately facilitate good water governance in Latin America, improve resilience to climate variability and contribute to water security and sustainable development. It also promotes national, regional and inter-regional cooperation through knowledge exchange.

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    The main goal of this research theme is reducing the knowledge gap to management of land and water resources for food and energy security in a sustainable and equitable way, in synergy with natural ecosystems and compatible with the respective socio-economic context.

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  • GRACE Communications Foundation


    GRACE Communications Foundation develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current food, water and energy systems, and to promote a more sustainable future. By building partnerships and mobilising philanthropic resources, GRACE Communications Foundation promote consumer actions and public policies that:

    • Support sustainable food systems.
    • Result in smarter use of water resources.
    • Provide clean energy alternatives to conventional power production.
    • Embrace the complex interconnections of our food, water and energy systems.

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    From discussion to action! 

    Beijing to host a symposium on Solutions for the Nexus: Building Partnerships to Optimise Infrastructure and Technology for Water, Energy and Food Security on 11-13 November 2014. The symposium will produce a set of recommendations, which will establish broad policy principles for sustainable water infrastructure operation, management and optimisation in the nexus. 



    Contribute to the Nexus Dialogue!

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Water Association (IWA) offer a space for the linkages across water, energy and food to be discussed through the Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions. The Dialogue is a call to action to those leading transformations in water infrastructure planning, financing and operation. IWA and IUCN are requesting submission of your ideas, case studies, and tools. For more information see below.


    Why contribute and how?

    There is a rich array of experience and practical knowledge across professional fields including farming, energy-production, natural resource management, and engineering. However, the challenge is actively bringing these together to provide learning, knowledge exchange and moving to practical action.

    The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions needs your contributions as the key actors to work together to build new investments in providing innovative water infrastructure and technology that address the interdependencies of water, energy and food.

    There are a number of ways to share information.

    • You can send your ideas, tools, and case studies by email to We have created guidelines that indicate what sort of information the initiative is looking for.
    • You can upload information (documents or web links) directly through the Nexus Dialogue Toolkit.

    If you have ideas or recommendations of case studies and tools but are not sure what information to provide, or have questions on how and what to contribute please contact us directly at


    What information is needed?

    The Dialogue is looking for information on water infrastructure and technology along with effective institutions, financing and incentives that are being used (or proposed) to provide water for multiple uses.  We would like to know who has benefited and in what way. Also, how do you think the infrastructure and technology is impacting the availability of water, energy, and food?

    We also would like suggestions of specific tools and guidelines that can be used and promoted to improve the use of water infrastructure in sharing water resources across the water, energy and food sectors. This can be a decisions support system; a specific technology or process guideline; financing incentives; institutions, regulations and policy; and planning processes which consider water, energy and food together.


    How will this information be used?

    Submissions will contribute to the online collection of case studies and tools which will be openly available for access and use by all. All viewpoints are welcome and will be included. The information gathered will be used as inputs into synthesis papers and background information for the Nexus Dialogue Workshops and the International Conference on Water, Food and Energy in 2014.


    Who is the target audience and who is involved?

    The target audience are stakeholders across the Water Energy and Food sectors. People active in water, energy, food security issues and interested in sustainable solutions will find the knowledge being assembled on the Nexus dialogue platform of particular use and interest for the continued provisions and services within these sectors.

    The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions is guided by a Nexus Reference Group who will help reach out to networks across sectors so that the platform benefits from all available contributions. They also provide strategic direction, experienced opinion, foresight and thought leadership to the Dialogue. Reference Group members are drawn from leading agencies working on nexus and infrastructure challenges in the water, food, and energy disciplines.

    Beyond the reference group, we welcome inputs from across sectors and scales, from local government to the UN, from the private sector to NGOs, and from agriculture to water supply.


    What other opportunities are there to express my ideas?

    • Through to the end of April (2013), the Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions was highlighted as a Hot Topic on the IWA WaterWiki, and there were opportunities to win prizes by contributing articles!
    • Take part in discussions and explore through the IWA WaterWiki.


    How can I take part in events?

    There will be a series of anchor workshops that are part of the dialogue process. These have limited funds and spaces, but the intention is to have representation from diverse stakeholders and from across sectors and interests. There are other opportunities to have direct interaction. This includes:

    Also if you have an event that will be focusing on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, especially around the use of infrastructure and technology as a well as institutional and financing solutions, please let us know so we can explore linkages and how to share information.


    Where are the next steps beyond the Dialogue?

    The Dialogue is the first step in catalysing thinking on nexus solutions and provides a unique opportunity to move from discussions about the existence of the water, energy and food nexus, to forming new partnerships that can actively address the nexus in a localized context. We want to provide a platform in which stakeholders can identify ways of operationalising the nexus.

    Along with educating and advancing thinking on infrastructure and the nexus, the Dialogue will provide the opportunity to catalyze a number of partnerships and proposals that enable follow up discussion to determine how to apply analysis of tools, and how to move to the second stage of designing and setting up solutions around nexus issues.


    How does this link to the Bonn Nexus Platform?

    The ‘Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions’ is a partnership initiative that grew out of the Bonn Nexus Conference back in 2011.  One of the objectives in Bonn focused on launching concrete initiatives to address the water, energy, food security nexus in a coherent and sustainable way.

    At the conference there was increased interest in investing in water infrastructure in different parts of the world because of concerns around water storage, water supply and flood protection for example, as well as food security, population growth and the need for climate change adaptation. In addition to the initiative focusing on water infrastructure, understanding what the broader set of options and technologies might be that work well across the water, food and energy sectors are key for the dialogue.

    For further information, check the Water, Energy, Food Security Resource Platform here.


    What is the role of IUCN and IWA?

    IUCN and IWA function as the Secretariat of the Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions. By offering a space for solutions, both organisations are committed to an open exchange amongst all interested stakeholders.