In Focus: Water, Energy, Food Nexus – Report
This week the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) released a background paper ‘Understanding the Nexus‘ as an input to the forthcoming Bonn 2011 Nexus conference on Water, Energy, and Food.
This week also marked the International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security in Beijing, co-sponsored by the International Food Policy Research Institute. In January this year we wrote about the work on this nexus under the World Economic Forum (WEF) program – which is one of the contributors to the SEI report (along with IFPRI, FAO, WBCSD – among others).
As the report says, the point of a nexus approach is on:
‘system efficiency, rather than on the productivity of isolated sectors’.
To improve water, energy, and food security the report recommends a focus on resource use productivity and efficiency, incentive structures, governance and institutions.
The report notes that food, energy, and water stresses can be impacted both by the effects of climate change, as well as the measures and policies designed to address it.
The paper underpins the draft policy recommendations of the Nexus conference which will presently be open for comments and accessible here.