In transboundary contexts, trade-offs related to the overlaps in the management, production and uses of water, energy and food can cause friction between riparian states. Recognising these challenges, the Parties of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) decided on an assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus to be carried out by Autumn 2015. A representative set of transboundary basins in the pan-European region and beyond were selected to be included. The assessment aims at identifying:
- 1. Hindrances to and opportunities for additional and equitable sharing of benefits
- 2. Practical solutions for improving security and for reconciling different needs
A pilot assessment was undertaken in the Alazani/Ganikh River Basin. Other transboundary river basins where nexus assessments have been or are expected to be conducted include the Sava, Isonzo/Soca, Narva, Syr Darya, Niger, Mekong and the North-West Sahara Aquifer (some pending confirmation).
Information on the meetings of the task force can be found here and here.
Information on Alazani/Ganikh Basin (Azerbaijan and Georgia) pilot project can be found here.
Information on the Sava River Basin assessment can be found here.