Partner Session

Water-Energy-Food Nexus in changing climate:
An interdisciplinary approach for sectoral adaptation


Date and time (ICT) To be decided by the organizers
Partner Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
Associate partner(s) Geodata Institute, University of Southampton

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s Asia Pacific Regional office (FAO)

Title Water-Energy-Food Nexus in changing climate: An interdisciplinary approach for sectoral adaptation
Objective(s) 1.   Explore the governance challenges in WEF Nexus and identify gaps and harmonies in the existing policy framework focusing on the sectoral structure to support WEF Nexus;

2.   Identify the impact of uncertainties arising due to climate change and climate variability, and their impact on the WEF Nexus; and

3.   Derive recommendations for adopting the nexus approach in terms of realignment of regional and national institutions for multisectoral planning and transitioning from sectoral to nexus thinking.

Abstract Water, energy and food production, distribution and consumption are all interconnected and encompassed within the envelope of socio-political system, the physical environment and the climate to form a coherent system characterized by interdependence and feedback. The uncertainties due to climate change and the increasing frequency of extreme hydro-meteorological events are likely to significantly impact the three sectors.
The growing demand will increase competition for resources, concentrated on water, energy, agriculture, and other sectors, with unpredictable impacts on livelihoods and the environment. Future increase in food and energy demands may face severe consequences if no suitable adaptation measures and reliable policy formulations are undertaken towards managing water resources.
The proposed session will be discussing the potential for nexus implementation focusing on south Asia region and what the opportunities are and challenges hindering it’s mainstreaming in the policy and implementation process. With climate change cutting across boundaries, efforts to manage water resources could also optimally go beyond boundaries
Speakers Mr. Hans Guttman
Dr. Niladri Gupta
Mr Chris Hill
Mr. Beau Damen
Mode of delivery In-person
Contact person Dr. Senaka Basnayake