Nexus: Management experience for water, energy & food security

Nexus in a Nutshell

The Nexus approach highlights the interdependencies between achieving water, energy and food security for human well-being, e. g. basic services and economic development, while ensuring ecologically sustainable use of globally essential resources. It is based on an understanding of the synergies and regulated negotiation of fair trade-offs between competing uses of water, land and energy-related resources. The Nexus approach is a fundamental shift, from a pure sectoral approach to solutions that embrace a cross-sectoral, coherent and integrated perspective. It challenges existing structures, policies and procedures at global, regional and (sub) national levels.

Nexus and SDG’s

Water-Energy-Food Nexus serves the SDG's

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, are indivisibly connected with each other. The same holds for the specific objectives on climate change mitigation and adaptation according to the Paris Agreement (PA) adopted under the UN-FCCC. These connections allow finding effective and efficient solutions to tackle the world’s problems. SDG 6 (water), 7 (energy) and 2 (food security) are not only closely connected to each other but also eminently important for the Nexus approach. The 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights the need to think a common approach for the implementation of exactly those Nexus-linked SDGs. Only then the access-inequalities and the supply risks for water, energy and food can be reduced. more

Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme

Nexus knowledge for Nexus investments

The overall objective of the Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme is to sustainably strengthen the political processes needed at the regional and national levels to meet the increasing demand for water, energy and food. This is achieved by developing inter-sectoral approaches that examine the links between the three sectors and analyse the trade-offs and synergies between different policy options.

The Nexus approach is a fundamental shift, from a sectoral approach to solutions that embrace a cross-sectoral, coherent and integrated perspective. It challenges existing structures, policies and procedures at the global, regional and (sub-) national levels. 

The Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme supports regional stakeholders in developing concrete policy recommendations and action plans for future investments, with specific emphasis on multi-sector infrastructure and corresponding capacity development activities. 

The Nexus Dialogue Programme is built on four pillars: 

  • Knowledge exchange between Nexus Regional Dialogue activities
  • Nexus Resource Platform
  • Country studies and pilot projects
  • Human capacity development measures

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The Nexus Resource Platform is an important global hub for information exchange. It helps stakeholders to stay updated about all relevant regional and global activities and learn from each other. The website also features links to the websites of the Regional Nexus Dialogues.

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