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Research

UNU-FLORES & Technische Universität Dresden // Joint PhD in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste

UNU-FLORES and Technische Universität Dresden are now accepting applications from graduates in engineering, social sciences, and natural sciences for their Joint PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil, and Waste. The tuition-free programme aims at creating a new generation of environmental scientists, engineers, and managers, to conduct, promote, and provide guidance on the sustainable management of water, soil, and waste.

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Policy

Nexus in MENA // Iraq Energy Institute Launches Task Force on the Future of Iraq's Water Resources

The Iraq Energy Institute (IEI) formed a task force on the future of Iraq’s water resources. The initiative was a result of a workshop entitled “Towards Sustainable Water Resources Management in Iraq” that was held in partnership with Al-Kindi Society of Engineers at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management in London on 30 June 2018.

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Capacity Building

Nexus Knowledge Dissemination // University of Southhampton Strategic Research Group

The University of Southhampton, United Kingdom, has launched an interdisciplinary strategic research group on the water energy food (WEF) nexus. In-line with it's strategic Vision-2020, this will provide a hub for collaborative interdisciplinary research to advance sustainable WEF resource development.

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News

Advancing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Southern Africa // A GWP-SADC Collaboration

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has been working closely with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) for over 20 years. Today, GWP Southern Africa is a recognised implementing agency and strategic partner of SADC. One of its key activities is currently implementing a regional water-energy-food (WEF) Nexus approach.

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Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (logo)
Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (SWWW) // Water, Ecosystems and Human Development

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organised by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development.” In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organisations from 135 countries participated in the event.

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Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (logo)
Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Session // Pollution-Driven Water Scarcity for Ecosystems and Human Uses Worldwide

To meet the SDGs, we need to understand regional hotspots of water scarcity, both in terms of water quantity and quality. This session focuses on the modelling of causes, impacts and solutions to reduce the gap between the supply and demand of clean water to ecosystem functioning and societal needs.

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Stockholm World Water Week 2018 (logo)
Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Panel // Using Information Tools on Multifunctional Nature-based Solutions to Achieve SDGs

The implementation of the water- and interrelated SDGs calls for joint action by various stakeholder groups empowered by the provision of data, information and knowledge on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) through modern easy-to-use information and communication tools. The objective of the event is to understand how information tools need to be designed to optimize and increase the use of multifunctional nature-based solutions.

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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Session // Investing in Freshwater Ecosystems and Biodiversity: A Key Development Challenge

Conserving biodiversity and freshwater related ecosystem services is essential to help achieve the goals of Agenda 2030. Equally, ecosystems and the freshwater services they provide will be needed to achieve the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Freshwater management is key for protecting and sustaining biodiversity. At the same time healthy ecosystems play a critical role in maintaining freshwater quantity and quality, and...

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Towards Bridging the Water Gap in Texas // A Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach

By: Bassel Daher, Sang-Hyun Lee, Vishakha Kaushik, John Blake, Mohammad H.Askariyeh, Hamid Shafiezadeh, Sonia Zamaripa, Rabi H. Mohtar. The 2017 Texas Water Development Board's State Water Plan predicts a 41% gap between water demand and existing supply by 2070. This reflects an overall projection, but the challenge will affect various regions of the state differently.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

The Water‐Energy Nexus of Hydraulic Fracturing // A Global Hydrologic Analysis for Shale Oil and Gas Extraction

By: Lorenzo Rosa, Maria Cristina Rulli, Kyle Frankel Davis and Paolo D'Odorico. The authors present a global analysis of the impact of shale oil and gas extraction on water resources, particularly on irrigated crop production. Using a water balance analysis, they find that large areas underlain by shale deposits are either already affected by water stress or would become water stressed in the event that local water resources were to be used for shale oil or gas extraction.

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Videos

Video // The Alberta Water Nexus: Energy, Food, and People

Most of your daily decisions influence the demand for water. The interconnected system of food, energy, and people relies on the water in our basin. The amount of water is limited, so all the players in this system must cooperate to share our water resources.

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Modelling and Assessment

Modelling // Quantifying and Mapping of Water-related Ecosystem Services for Enhancing the Security of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus in Tropical Data–sparse Catchment

By Mesfin Sahle, Osamu Saito, Christine Fürst and Kumelachew Yeshitela. The food-water-energy nexus concept helps to produce an integrative solutions to secure the water-related ecosystem services sustainably. This study aims to quantify and map water provisioning and soil erosion regulating services from both demand and supply sides in a spatially explicit manner. It considers the Wabe River catchment of the Omo-Gibe Basin in tropical data-sparse region of East Africa as a case study and uses...

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Media

Nature // Six Research Priorities for Cities and Climate Change

Xuemei Bai and colleagues call for long-term, cross-disciplinary studies to reduce carbon emissions and urban risks from global warming. ‘Nexus approaches’ that trace linkages between water, food and energy systems should be extended to other sectors, to understand the relationships between infrastructure provision, inequality and resilience.

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Media

وزارة الخارجية والتعاون الدولي // دولة الإمارات تشارك في اجتماع المجلس الوزاري العربي للمياه بالكويت

ترأس سعادة الدكتور مطر حامد النيادي وكيل وزارة الطاقة والصناعة وفد الدولة المشارك في اجتماع الدورة العاشرة للمجلس الوزاري العربي للمياه بدولة الكويت الشقيقة. وتم خلال الاجتماع مناقشه الخطة التنفيذية لاستراتيجية الأمن المائي في المنطقة العربية لمواجهة التحديات والمتطلبات المستقبلية للتنمية المستدامة واستعراض جهود الدول العربية بشأن استدامة موارد المياه وحمايتها من الاستغلال المفرط والتلوث. كما تم التركيز على أهمية الترابط بين المياه والطاقة والغذاء وضرورة تحقيق التوازن بينها.

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Media

UAE Ministry of Energy & Industry // UAE takes part in meeting of Arab Ministerial Water Council in Kuwait

Dr. Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, presided over the participating UAE delegation at the 10th session of the Arab Ministerial Water Council in Kuwait. They drew attention to the importance of the interrelationship between water, energy and food and the need to achieve balance among them.

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