Asia regional workshop
Water, energy and food systems are inter-connected and have become increasingly more complex and dependent upon one another. As a result, a disturbance in one system can destabilise the others - highlighting the need for a ‘Nexus-Based Approach’. This requires the water, energy and food sectors to engage in a dialogue and deliberative analysis of river basins, looking for solutions to optimise the inter-dependencies and support the equitable and sustainable allocation of natural resources while balancing environmental, social and economic issues.
The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions held the last in a series of three regional “Anchor” workshops (for Africa, Latin America and Asia) in Bangkok, Thailand on 17-19 March 2014 in partnership with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Participants were drawn from across Asia from the water, energy and food sectors. The Nexus Dialogue workshop provided an opportunity to identify the problems and solutions to secure water, energy and food security, both across and within Asian river basins.
The aim of the Asia Nexus Dialogue workshop was to build on the outputs from the African and Latin American workshops and focus on the implementation of solutions for water, energy and food security in the region. Workshop participants were encouraged to identify where the barriers to implementation exist, and look at where and how these have been overcome.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
- Learn from workshop participants about their nexus challenges
- Support participants in establishing coordinated nexus roadmaps
- Understand how to scale up nexus solutions
- Build a roadmap towards the Beijing International Conference
A number of emergent themes came out of the workshop, these included:
- The need to improve nexus data, information and decision support systems
- The need to enable new and innovative nexus (clean/green/eco) technologies
- The need for improved nexus governance platforms and institutional arrangements
Participants from the Bangkok workshop were encouraged to build new coalitions and partnerships for follow-up action in technology, demonstration and investments in built and natural water infrastructure and national-level dialogues on policy and implementation.