Title: Position Paper on Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystem (WEFE) Nexus and Sustainable development Goals (SDGs)
Authors: ADAMOVIC MARKOAL-ZUBARI W.K.AMANI ABOUAMEZTOY ARAMENDI IBANBACIGALUPI CLAUDIOBARCHIESI STEFANOBISSELINK BERNARDBODIS KATALINBOURAOUI FAYCALCAUCCI SERENADALTON JAMESDE ROO ARIEDUDU HASANDUPONT C.EL KHARRAZ J.EMBID A.FARAJALLA NADIMFERNANDEZ BLANCO CARRAMOLINO RICARDOFERRARI EMANUELEFERRINI LUCAFILALI-MEKNASSI YOUSSEFFRANCA M.J.GHAFFOUR N.GIRARDI VERONICAGRIZZETTI BRUNAHANNAH C.HIDALGO GONZALEZ IGNACIOHOUMOLLER OLEJAEGER-WALDAU ARNULFJIMENEZ CISNEROS B.KAVVADIAS KONSTANTINOSKOUGIAS IOANNISLAAMRANI HAMMOULEMESSA TESGERA S.LIEBAERTS ANDRELIPPONEN A.LORENTZEN JMAKARIGAKIS A.MARENCE M.MARTIN L.MICHALENA E.MISHRA A.MOHTAR R.H.MONER GERONA MAGDAMORENO-ABAT MARTAMPAKAMA Z.PASTORI MARCOPISTOCCHI ALBERTOSARTORI MARTINASCHMEIER SARASCHMIDT-VOGT D.SEHRING JENNIVERSMAKHTIN V.SZABO SANDORTAKAWIRA A.THIEM M.TIRUNEH J.K.TSANI SVAN HULLEBUSCH E.D.VERBIST KOENXENARIOS S.ZARAGOZA G.
Editors: CARMONA MORENO CESAR
DONDEYNAZ CELINE
BIEDLER MURRAY
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC114177
ISBN: 978-92-79-98276-7 (online),978-92-76-00159-1 (print)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online),1018-5593 (print)
Other Identifiers: EUR 29509 EN
OP KJ-NA-29509-EN-N (online),KJ-NA-29509-EN-C (print)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC114177
DOI: 10.2760/5295
10.2760/31812
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The EU and the international community is realising that the Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystem components are interlinked and require a joint planning in order to meet the daunting global challenges related to Water, Energy and Food security and maintaining the ecosystem health and in this way, reach the SDGs. If not dealt with, the world will not be able to meet the demand for water, energy and food in a not too far future and, in any case, in a not sustainable way. The strain on the ecosystems resulting from unsustainable single-sector planning will lead to increasing poverty, inequality and instability. The Nexus approach is fully aligned with and supportive of the EU Consensus on Development. Key elements of the Consensus will require collaborative efforts across sectors in ways that can be supported/implemented by a Nexus approach. In this way, transparent and accountable decision-making, involving the civil society is key and common to the European Consensus on Development and the Nexus approach. The Nexus approach will support the implementation of the SDG in particular SDG 2 (Food), SDG 6 (Water) and SDG 7 (Energy), but most SDGs have elements that link to food, water and energy in one or other way, and will benefit from a Nexus approach. The SDGs are designed to be cross-cutting and be implemented together, which is also reflected in a WEFE Nexus approach. A Nexus approach offers a sustainable way of addressing the effects of Climate Change and increase resilience. The WEFE Nexus has in it the main drivers of climate change (water, energy and food security) and the main affected sectors (water and the environment). Decisions around policy, infrastructure, … developed based on the WEFE Nexus assessments will be suitable as elements of climate change mitigation and adaptation. In fact, it is difficult to imagine solutions to the climate change issue that are not built on a form of Nexus approach. The Nexus approach is being implemented around the world, as examples in the literature demonstrate. These examples together with more examples from EU and member state development cooperation will help build experience that can be consolidated and become an important contribution to a Toolkit for WEFE Nexus Implementation. From the expert discussions, it appears that because of the novelty of the approach, a Toolkit will be an important element in getting the Nexus approach widely used. This should build on experiences from practical examples of NEXUS projects or similar inter-sectorial collaboration projects; and, there are already policy, regulation and practical experience to allow institutions and countries to start applying the Nexus concept.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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