Session 2 – “Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus”


The Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus has become popular in recent sustainability strategies and research. This is evident in numerous reports, scientific papers and global and regional conferences (World Economic Forum in 2011, Bonn WEF Conference in 2011, World Water Forum, the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, the World Water Week 2014 as well as many science-driven conferences in the same period in Bonn). Many scholars have recognized the Nexus as an innovation and a promising approach. The innovative aspect of the Nexus is that it shifts attention from the one-sector view to a more balanced view of issues linking the three resources and related sectors. In recent years, many integrated approaches to analyse the resource interactions within the Nexus have been developed. Although such approaches have been applied to a large number of case studies explaining the conflicts among resources and suggesting solutions towards its resolution, there is still a need to develop and apply methodologies to quantify the fluxes and relationships between the three elements.

This session aims at presenting recent initiatives related to an improved Nexus dialogue between the sectors and discuss possible approaches how to quantify and overcome Nexus related conflicts and trade-offs.

Keywords: WEF Security Nexus, Nexus dialogue, water security, food security, energy security, trade-offs, synergies, multi-level governance


  • Inform about recent initiatives to foster the Nexus dialogue and to implement WEF Nexus approaches
  • To illustrate case studies and best practice examples of implementing WEF Nexus approaches
  • Exchange on State of the Art regarding WEF Nexus assessment approaches, trade off analysis and modeling

Sesssion Plan

9:30- 09:35
Alexandra Nauditt (moderation) 
| Introduction and Session opening

09:35 – 9:40
Lars Ribbe | The WEF Nexus Working group of Sustainable Water Future Program

Thematic Keynote

09:40 – 10:00
Detlef Klein 
| Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Oral Presentations

10:00 – 10:15
Janetschek, Hannah | Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, Germany
Nexus Thinking to Catalyze the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (384)

Mohamed, Yasir | Hydraulic Research Centre (HRC), Sudan
Initial filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the downstream impacts on Nile water resources

10:30 – 10:45
Sherwood, Leah | TRENDS Research and Advisory, United Arab Emirates
Water Security and Climate Change: Overcoming Disciplinary Schisms (211)

Final discussion and conclusions

Poster Presentations

10:55 – 11:00
Poster session
(each presenter names topics to invite interested session members to visit selected posters in the coffee break)

Newiadomsky, Charlotte | SWK-Energiezentrum E² der Hochschule Niederrhein, Germany
Climate Change and the Energy-Water Nexus: Do We Have to Reconsider Our Distribution Systems? (325)

Ahopelto, Lauri | Finnish Environment Institute, Finland; Aalto University, Finland
How Can Water-Energy-Food Nexus Improve Comprehensive Security in Finland? (354)

Dinko, Hanaan Dinko | University of Ghana, Ghana
Contestations and Emerging Power Constellations: Narratives of Global Climate Change and Water Insecurity in Semiarid North-Eastern Ghana (108)

Kumar, M. Dinesh | Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy, Hyderabad, India
The Food Security Challenge of the Food-Land-Water Nexus in India  (307)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

  • column 2


    Room: Peking 1

    Organized by Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), TH Köln

Dr. Detlef Klein

Keynote Speaker

Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH | Senior Project Manager WEF Nexus / Sustainable Water Policy

Event Timeslots (1)

column 2
Room: Peking 1

Organized by Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), TH Köln