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Scoping Workshop

A Scoping Workshop for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge-Action Network was held 19-20 June 2017 in Paris at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

The aim of the meeting was to build a common understanding of nexus issues and solutions by discussing the typology of nexus challenges developed by the Development Team and to improve the characterisation of nexus challenges especially with regards to the involved stakeholders, drivers and solutions. The desired outcomes of the meeting were therefore to identify the main knowledge gaps and, in turn, design priority activities to be developed by the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge-Action Network in the coming 3-5 years, to help the community to fill these gaps as well as to discuss a governance structure for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge-Action Network aligned with the chosen priority activities.

The workshop agenda and the meeting report are available online.

 

Participants

A total of 26 people attended the meeting, including members of the Development Team and the Future Earth Secretariat.  For more information on the background and expertise of each participant, see the published Participant List.

Name
Affiliation
Anik Badhuri ^Sustainable Water Future Programme
Bruce Campbell ^Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
Valeria De LaurentiisLiveable Cities Project, University of Birmingham, UK
Aiko Endo ^Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto
Lucas Enrico ^EcoServices
Alex Godoy ^Universidad del Desarrollo, Concepción, Chile
Natalia Perez Harguindeguy ^EcoServices
Sebastian HeinzFuture Earth Secretariat
Cuthbert KambanjeFood Security and Nutrition/Capacity Building Consultant, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Pretoria, South Africa
Manfred Lange ^Cyprus Institute
Brent LokenEAT, Sweden
Jörg Mayer-RiesInstitute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and the German Federal Ministry for Environment
Hannah Moersberger ^Future Earth Secretariat
Kathryn MyronukSingularity University
Cliven NjeketeFuture Earth Secretariat
Renée Obregon-GonzalezFuture Earth Secretariat
Sandrine Paillard ^Future Earth Secretariat
Yana PopkostovaEuropean Centre for Energy and Geopolitical Analysis
Claudia Ringler ^Food, Energy, Environment and Water Nexus Network and International Food Policy Research Institute
Kaela Slavik ^Future Earth Secretariat
Marja Spierenburg ^Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society
Madaka TumboInstitute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Peter Verburg ^Global Land Programme
Fengqi YouProcess-Energy-Environmental Systems Engineering, Cornell University
Nadine Zakhia-RozisFrench Agricultural Research Centre for International Development
Ruben Zondervan ^Earth System Governance

^ Development Team member

 

Typology of nexus challenges

Characterising water-energy-food nexus challenges provides a starting point from which to consistently conduct nexus analysis in the framework of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge-Action Network.  Based on an extensive literature review, the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge-Action Network facilitation team identified four types of nexus challenges:

  1. Nexus challenges related to the impacts of food, water and energy production and supply processes on equitable and sustainable access to food, water, and energy 
  2. Nexus challenges related to the impacts of resource scarcity on equitable and sustainable access to food, water, and energy
  3. Nexus challenges related to the impacts of competing claims over natural resources on equitable and sustainable access to food, water, and energy
  4. Nexus challenges related to vulnerability of equitable and sustainable access to food, water and energy to extreme events, stresses and shocks (e.g. climate hazards, pollution, sea level rise, large-scale migration)

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge-Action Network facilitation team then surveyed 46 experts to benefit from a wide range of perspectives in identifying other nexus challenges and to test and refine the nexus challenge typology.  The survey responses were incorporated into a Survey Report, which presents how the typology of water-energy-food nexus challenges can be refined and complemented.

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