Nexus Dialogue at the 7th World Water Forum

 
Daegu & Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea
 

12-17 April, 2015

Under the theme of 'Water for Our Future,' the 7th World Water Forum took place in the Daegu & Gyeongbuk of South Korea on 12-17 April, 2015. Water is one of the most basic element for the survival and happy life of humanity. However, many people around the world are suffering from water shortage and poor sanitation. Also, water issues have been a major concern in the 21st Century. Serving as a stepping-stone towards global collaboration on water challenges, the Forum was a unique multi-stakeholder platform where the water community and the policy and decision makers from all regions of the world worked together to find joint solutions.

The Nexus Dialogue had four events at the 7th World Water Forum.

1. T.SS.09 [Cross-cutting Session] The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Are we finally talking?, in partnership with FAO

14th April 2015, 09:00-11:00, DEC_307, Daegu

This session helped to highlight the importance of water resources for development and it forced us to think of the impacts a decision in one sector can have not only on that sector, but on others. The session focused on what concrete steps could be taken within sectors (e.g. resource use efficiency) and across sectors (e.g. cross-sectoral policy targets) to ensure that decision-making processes would be better coordinated and more coherent. Policy principles were reviewed and discussed to move towards action for sustainable water infrastructure operation, management and optimization in the Nexus.

2. T.2.2.3 Putting the water-energy nexus into practice: Economic and policy incentives, in partnership with UNECE

14th April 2015, 11:20-13:20, DEC_312, Daegu

This session explored how institutional arrangements and a process of collaboration could develop joint solutions leading to shared benefits across the water, energy, food sectors. Experiences and examples of reconciling different water uses from the local to trans-boundary level and a roadmap of transforming dialogue to implemented solutions were shared as outputs.

Presentations

What are the drivers for integrated investments in transboundary basins? How are the risks managed? 
Dr. Dejan Komatina, ISRBC Secretariat

What are the drivers for the private sector to invest in innovative solutions which can have cross-sectoral (water-energy-food) benefits? 
Vincent Lee, Arup

How can civil society drive innovative solutions across the water-energy-food sectors at the local level?
Fanny Souillot, World Youth Parliament for Water

How can investment be channelled to research to develop innovative solutions for the water-energy-food nexus?
Liu Heng, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research

Session wrap-up 
Nick Bonvoisin, UNECE

 

Two side events

3. SE-00134  From Assessment to Action: The Nexus in Development Priorities and Programmes

14th April 2015, 13:30-14:30, DEC_312,  Daegu

This session presented findings from initial nexus assessment work from across the globe, including from the energy sector, to better identify synergies for rapid development priorities. Discussions were conducted among different development practitioners, donors and investors to both challenge the rhetoric on the nexus to identify actionable solutions currently in practice, and those that can go to scale.

Presentations

Nexus Assessments - Nicholas Bonvoisin, UNECE 

 

4. SE-00104 Learning from the Global Nexus Dialogue on Infrastructure Solutions 

15th April 2015, 13:30-14:30, DEC_312, Daegu

Through a series of regional workshops in Nairobi, Bogota, Bangkok, Istanbul, and Beijing and discussions with over 500 stakeholders the Dialogue has developed a series of Synthesis Papers. These Papers highlight the realities of the water-energy-food nexus and identify solutions to mobilise infrastructure options for future water, energy and food security. This side event launched the Synthesis Papers as multi-stakeholder developed papers and invited comment and debate between authors of the papers and the audience.

Presentations

Learning from the Global Dialogue - James Dalton, IUCN

The water-energy-food nexus in Latin America and the CaribbeanHelen Bellfield, Global Canopy Programme, Oxford, U.K

 

Key Events

T.SS.09 [Cross-cutting Session] The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Are we finally talking?, in partnership with FAO

Time: 14th April 2015 (Tue), 09:00-11:00

Venue:  DEC_307, DAEGU - EXCO, 3F Room 321

T.2.2.3 Putting the water-energy nexus into practice: Economic and policy incentives, in partnership with UNECE

Time: 14th April 2015 (Tue), 11:20-13:20

Venue: DEC_312, DAEGU - EXCO, 3F Room 325BD

SE-00134  From Assessment to Action: The Nexus in Development Priorities and Programmes

Time: 14th April 2015 (Tue), 13:30-14:30

Venue: DEC_312, DAEGU - EXCO, 3F Room 325BD

SE-00104 Learning from the Global Nexus Dialogue on Infrastructure Solutions

Time: 15th April 2015 (Wed), 13:30-14:30

Venue: DEC_312, DAEGU - EXCO, 3F Room 325BD

Session flyers

T.SS.09 [Cross-cutting Session] The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Are we finally talking?

T.2.2.3 Putting the water-energy nexus into practice: Economic and policy incentives, in partnership with UNECE

SE-00134  From Assessment to Action: The Nexus in Development Priorities and Programmes