Driving Transformative Actions through Integrated and Innovative Approaches

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Thematic Track 3

16:00 - 17:30 Room No.304

Governing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach for Creating Synergies and Managing Trade-offs

Supported by: Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)

Achieving sustainable development requires maintaining the security of critical natural resources, including water, energy and food, while noting the strong interlinkages among these three elements. Up until recently, water, energy and food security had been discussed independently of each other, with their interactions often overlooked in policy and decision-making, effectively compounding challenges instead of solving them. Moving forward, it is essential to respond to growing resource pressures by addressing water, energy and food issues together. Since the Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference, the Water, Energy and Food Nexus (WEFN) approach has been extensively discussed at international, regional and national forums, and proposed as a useful tool for carrying out sustainable resource management. The WEFN approach also seeks to identify and foster mutually beneficial actions or synergies, and in so doing provides a coherent and transparent framework for managing trade-offs without compromising sustainability by exceeding environmental boundaries. However, moving beyond the nexus approach as a concept towards operationalisation has proven to be challenging, partly due to WEFN’s multi-dimensional interlinkages.
This session will invite speakers from representative governments, development agencies and research institutes, extending a platform to exchange views on issues, challenges and opportunities for delivering effective solutions by using the nexus approach. An Issue Brief and IGES Flagship Report will be used as background documents for discussion in the session.


Deputy Director-General, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)

Director, Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)


Research Fellow, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy for Climate, Environment and Energy


Senior Policy Researcher, Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services Area, IGES


Director, Water Conservation Section, Kumamoto City


Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Central University of Rajasthan

Professor, Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Lecturer, Ha Noi University of Natural Resources and Environment

Programme Director, Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services Area, IGES

Day1 18 July 9:00-17:30
Day2 19 July 9:00-18:00