Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

International Conference

Bonn, 19.05.2014 bis 20.05.2014

The international conference in Bonn on 19/20 May 2014 aimed to identify research and funding gaps to influence Nexus policy-making and research on a global level. It brought together policy makers, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss the linkages across three key resource sectors – water, energy and food. Participants addressed the sustainability of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus as a key research-for-action initiative and developed ideas, ways and solutions to inform, influence, and catalyse necessary action by key stakeholder groups such as policymakers, non‐governmental organizations, the private sector, educators, researchers and others.

Imme Scholz, Deputy Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), said this: “In this Conference we need to gain more knowledge about what is needed to make integrated concepts work. We have to understand that some problems are complex and that we will not solve them if we decide to ignore this complexity."

Focus on four main topics – large variety of Nexus questions to be addressed

  •     Identifying Tools for Sustainable Implementation of the Nexus Approach
  •     Governance and Management of the Nexus
  •     Environment and Wellbeing
  •     Implementing the Nexus at Various Scales

The Supporting and Sponsoring Organizations of the Conference are

  •     Global Water System Project (GWSP)
  •     German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
  •     United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  •     Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung / Center forDevelopment Research (ZEF)
  •     CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)
  •     Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung / Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The Special Session Conveners of the Conference are

  •     German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  •     German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
  •     International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  •     Korean Environmental Institute (KEI)
  •     Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  •     Texas A&M University (TAMU)
  •     United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  •     UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC)
  •     United Nations University - Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources
  •     World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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19.05.2014 bis 20.05.2014


Maritim Hotel
Godesberger Allee
53175 Bonn

Conference Website


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