MENA Nexus Seminar: Regional Cooperation for Sharing Solutions
Monday 1st September 2014
Room K11 14:00 - 17:30
This seminar explores a nexus approach to sustain water, food and energy security for the Arab States under the influence of climate change. Different from previous integrated approaches, the nexus approach starts from a balanced cross-sectoral perspective considering the biophysical, economic and institutional dimensions of natural resource management, analysing the ‘flow’ of these resources through different sectors, and detects entry points for reducing inefficiencies and exploiting synergies between sectors. As such the nexus approach can inform cross-sectoral policy and decision making. > Read More about the seminar
In the Arab States, such a nexus approach is particularly relevant due to an already severe scarcity of arable land and water, exacerbated by population growth, environmental degradation, and the impacts of climate change. However, these countries have an abundant renewable energy potential, in particular with regard to solar power. Energy demand in the region is rapidly increasing, driven by the rising water demand of households, industry and agriculture which is met by more desalinization and pumping deeper groundwater.
This seminar will address the role of renewable energies within the water-food-energy nexus and how they can contribute to easing the resource squeeze. It will present and discuss the new nexus initiative for the Arab States and its communication platform.