The Water-Energy-Food Nexus at FAO



CONCEPT NOTE
 (2014)

 

Learn why FAO think the Nexus approach is the right one to solve present and future problems; A Nexus approach helps us to better understand the complex and dynamic relationship between water, energy, and food, so that we can manage our limited resources. Perspective forces us to think of the impacts a decision in one sector also effect multiple sectors and drives. 



UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING THE COMPLEX INTERACTIONS 


As demand grows, there is increasing competition over natural resources between the water, energy, agriculture, fisheries, livestock, forestry, mining, transport and other sectors with unpredictable impacts for livelihoods and the environment. It describes the complex and interrelated nature of our global resource systems, on which we depend to achieve different, often competing development goals. This can help us to identify and manage trade-offs and to build synergies through our response options, allowing for more integrated and cost-effective planning, decision-making, implementing, monitoring and evaluating.


THE ADDED-VALUE OF A NEXUS APPROACH 

Nexus perspective forces us to think of the impacts a decision in one sector can have not only on that
sector, but on multiple sectors and drivers. Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) arguably pursues the integrated and coordinated management of water and land as a means of balancing resource protection, while meeting social and ecological needs and promoting economic development. However, by explicitly focusing on water,we risk prioritizing water-related goals over others, thereby counteracting the initial idea of a cross-sectoral perspective and response options that go beyond traditional sectoral approaches.


THE-WATER-ENERGY-FOOD NEXUS AT FAO

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach of FAO explicitly addresses complex interactions and feedback between human and natural systems. The resource base refers to both biophysical and socio-economic resources, on which we depend to achieve social, environmental and economic goals pertaining to water, energy and food

WORKING AREAS OF THE WATER-ENERGY-FOOD NEXUS 

FAO has identified three working areas as part of a broader process of stakeholder dialogue. The working areas should not be understood as a linear set of steps to follow, but rather as dynamic and complementary components of an overall approach to managing and using our natural resources sustainably. They are a) data and analysis; b) scenario development; c) response options.




 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY IN THE WATER-ENERGY-FOOD NEXUS 


 19 - 20 May 2014 

 

 

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