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6th meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus

22 - 23 October 2020
Salle XVII, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland
 

 Interprefy for online participation

The sixth meeting Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus was held in a hybrid format on 22 and 23 October 2020 under the leadership of Finland, with the support of the UNECE secretariat.

The meeting aimed to discuss the preliminary findings from a stocktaking exercise of “nexus solutions and investments” that the Water Convention Secretariat is developing in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in response to a request from the Meeting of the Parties to The Convention (Nur-Sultan, 10-12 October 2018). The stocktaking – based on a survey from stakeholders with experience of nexus solutions and investments around the world, including from nexus assessments and dialogues - aimed to provide clarity on the benefits and added value of implementing nexus solutions to solve the most typical problems affecting transboundary basins in terms of water quantity, quality, and environment.  Designing, planning, and implementing nexus solutions and investments is in the interest of all policy makers (notably from the nexus sectors of energy and agriculture) because these are associated to lower political risks (broader consensus), higher levels of  coherence  when  it  comes  to  cross-sectoral  goals (e.g. climate goals) and broader benefits (multiple interests), than strictly sectorally developed solutions. Experience of financing nexus investments was also discussed.

During the meeting, the Task Force further discussed future work under the Water Convention's programme of work for 2021-2024 related to 1) water allocation (development of a Handbook on Water Allocation in a Transboundary Context is on-going as part of the Programme of Work 2019-2021) and 2) activities on the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus.

Documents

Documents ENG FRE RUS SPA
Annotated provisional agenda for the 6th meeting of the Task Force on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus (TFWFEEN/2020/1) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Concept note
Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.12)
PDF PDF PDF PDF
Nexus solutions and investments in transboundary basins: draft report
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.4–TFWFEEN/2020/3)
PDF      
Questionnaire on nexus solutions and investments (with translation) PDF Word Word Word
Report of the Meeting of the Parties on its eighth session: Programme of work for 2019–2021 (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1) PDF      
Towards sustainable renewable energy investment and deployment: Trade-offs and opportunities with water resources and the environment
(ECE/ENERGY/127)
PDF      
Reconciling resource uses: Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the North Western Sahara Aquifer System, Part A - "Nexus Challenges and Solutions
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/16)
PDF PDF    
Policy Brief: Improving sustainable development in the North Western Sahara Aquifer System through a transboundary nexus approach
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/15)
PDF PDF    
Thematic report on the resource nexus (Phase I of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus assessment of the Drin basin)
(CE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.3)
Documents ENG FRE RUS SPA
Annotated provisional agenda for the 6th meeting of the Task Force on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus (TFWFEEN/2020/1) PDF PDF PDF PDF
Concept note
Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.12)
PDF PDF PDF PDF
Nexus solutions and investments in transboundary basins: draft report
(ECE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.4–TFWFEEN/2020/3)
PDF      
Questionnaire on nexus solutions and investments (with translation) PDF Word Word Word
Report of the Meeting of the Parties on its eighth session: Programme of work for 2019–2021 (ECE/MP.WAT/54/Add.1) PDF      
Towards sustainable renewable energy investment and deployment: Trade-offs and opportunities with water resources and the environment
(ECE/ENERGY/127)
PDF      
Reconciling resource uses: Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the North Western Sahara Aquifer System, Part A - "Nexus Challenges and Solutions
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/16)
PDF PDF    
Policy Brief: Improving sustainable development in the North Western Sahara Aquifer System through a transboundary nexus approach
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/15)
PDF PDF    
Thematic report on the resource nexus (Phase I of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus assessment of the Drin basin)
(CE/MP.WAT/WG.1/2020/INF.3)

Presentations

Presentations ENG FRE
Session 1 - From joint identification of issues to intersectoral solutions
Item 1
Opening speech
Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of UNECE
PDF -
Item 2    
Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins: status of work
Ms. Annukka Lipponen, Water Convention Secretariat
PDF -
Nexus entre l’eau, l’alimentation, l’énergie et les écosystèmes dans le Système Aquifère du Sahara Septentrional (SASS)
Ms. Halima Mamou, General Directorate for Water Resources, Tunisia
- PDF
Item 3    
Taking stock of nexus solutions and investments in transboundary basins: A synthesis
Mr. Phil Riddell, Riddell Associates Ltd
PDF -
A Water Energy Nexus for the Middle East: Harnessing the Sun and the Sea
Mr. Gidon Bromberg, EcoPeace Middel East
PDF -
DAFNE Project: Decision Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food Nexus in complex transboundary water resource systems of fast developing countries
Mr. Jonathan Lautze, International Water Management Institute IWMI
PDF -
3S Nexus assessment in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam
Mr. Jake Brunner, International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN
PDF -
Item 4    
Stakeholder Engagement on Transboundary Water Management in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam
Mr. Jake Brunner and Raphaël Glémet
PDF -
ESCWA Regional experiences of designing and implementing nexus solutions
Ms. Radia Sedaoui, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
PDF -
Nexus Assessments and Solutions: The Regional Experience (South-East Europe and the Mediterranean)
Mr. Tassos Krommydas, Global Water Partnership Mediterranean (GWP-Med)
PDF -
Session - 2 Financing and investing in nexus solutions
Item 5    
Typologies of nexus investments from the stocktaking
Mr. Phil Riddell, Riddell Associates Ltd
PDF -
Transboundary waters and nexus
Mr. Raul Muñoz Castillo, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
PDF -
Nexus for sustainable development
Mr. Almotaz Abadi, Water and Environment, Union for the Mediterranean
PDF -
ITAIPU Binational Nexus Strategy: Water, Energy, Ecosystems and Food
Mr. Ariel Scheffer da Silva, Itaipu Binacional, Brazil
PDF -
The value-added of the WEF Nexus for inter-sectoral planning. Integration of the WEF Nexus into the Operational Plan of the Niger Basin Authority
Mr. Abdou Guero, Technical Director of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA)
PDF PDF
Session 3 - Promoting nexus approach: key themes and partnerships
Item 6    
Sustainable development principles for nexus choices
Mr. Francesco Fuso Nerini, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
PDF -
Water-Energy Nexus: Sustainable Renewable Energy Investment and Deployment
Mr. Konstiantyn Gura, UNECE Group of Experts on Renewable Energy
PDF -
WEFE Nexus in developing countries. Assessing the WEFE Nexus and finding optimal solution
Mr. Cesar Carmona Moreno, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
PDF -
Bonn international water conference 2021
Ms. Janine Muzau, Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
PDF -
GEF IW:LEARN. Addressing the Water-Energy-Food Ecosystem Nexus
Mr. Mish Hamid, GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network
PDF -
Session 4 - Future nexus activities
Item 7    
Development of the Water Conventions future Programme of work for 2022–2024
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretary to the Water Convention
PDF -
Transboundary Water Allocation in the Water  Convention’s Programme of Work (PoW) 2022-2024 Mr. Péter Kovács, Ministry of Interior, Hungary PDF -
Supporting intersectoral dialogues and assessments through the application of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus approach: ideas for possible future work 2022-24
Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland & Chair of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus
PDF -
Conclusions from the 6th Meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus
Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland & Chair of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus
Presentations ENG FRE
Session 1 - From joint identification of issues to intersectoral solutions
Item 1
Opening speech
Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of UNECE
PDF -
Item 2    
Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins: status of work
Ms. Annukka Lipponen, Water Convention Secretariat
PDF -
Nexus entre l’eau, l’alimentation, l’énergie et les écosystèmes dans le Système Aquifère du Sahara Septentrional (SASS)
Ms. Halima Mamou, General Directorate for Water Resources, Tunisia
- PDF
Item 3    
Taking stock of nexus solutions and investments in transboundary basins: A synthesis
Mr. Phil Riddell, Riddell Associates Ltd
PDF -
A Water Energy Nexus for the Middle East: Harnessing the Sun and the Sea
Mr. Gidon Bromberg, EcoPeace Middel East
PDF -
DAFNE Project: Decision Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food Nexus in complex transboundary water resource systems of fast developing countries
Mr. Jonathan Lautze, International Water Management Institute IWMI
PDF -
3S Nexus assessment in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam
Mr. Jake Brunner, International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN
PDF -
Item 4    
Stakeholder Engagement on Transboundary Water Management in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam
Mr. Jake Brunner and Raphaël Glémet
PDF -
ESCWA Regional experiences of designing and implementing nexus solutions
Ms. Radia Sedaoui, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
PDF -
Nexus Assessments and Solutions: The Regional Experience (South-East Europe and the Mediterranean)
Mr. Tassos Krommydas, Global Water Partnership Mediterranean (GWP-Med)
PDF -
Session - 2 Financing and investing in nexus solutions
Item 5    
Typologies of nexus investments from the stocktaking
Mr. Phil Riddell, Riddell Associates Ltd
PDF -
Transboundary waters and nexus
Mr. Raul Muñoz Castillo, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
PDF -
Nexus for sustainable development
Mr. Almotaz Abadi, Water and Environment, Union for the Mediterranean
PDF -
ITAIPU Binational Nexus Strategy: Water, Energy, Ecosystems and Food
Mr. Ariel Scheffer da Silva, Itaipu Binacional, Brazil
PDF -
The value-added of the WEF Nexus for inter-sectoral planning. Integration of the WEF Nexus into the Operational Plan of the Niger Basin Authority
Mr. Abdou Guero, Technical Director of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA)
PDF PDF
Session 3 - Promoting nexus approach: key themes and partnerships
Item 6    
Sustainable development principles for nexus choices
Mr. Francesco Fuso Nerini, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
PDF -
Water-Energy Nexus: Sustainable Renewable Energy Investment and Deployment
Mr. Konstiantyn Gura, UNECE Group of Experts on Renewable Energy
PDF -
WEFE Nexus in developing countries. Assessing the WEFE Nexus and finding optimal solution
Mr. Cesar Carmona Moreno, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
PDF -
Bonn international water conference 2021
Ms. Janine Muzau, Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
PDF -
GEF IW:LEARN. Addressing the Water-Energy-Food Ecosystem Nexus
Mr. Mish Hamid, GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network
PDF -
Session 4 - Future nexus activities
Item 7    
Development of the Water Conventions future Programme of work for 2022–2024
Ms. Sonja Koeppel, Secretary to the Water Convention
PDF -
Transboundary Water Allocation in the Water  Convention’s Programme of Work (PoW) 2022-2024 Mr. Péter Kovács, Ministry of Interior, Hungary PDF -
Supporting intersectoral dialogues and assessments through the application of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus approach: ideas for possible future work 2022-24
Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland & Chair of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus
PDF -
Conclusions from the 6th Meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus
Mr. Seppo Rekolainen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland & Chair of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus

Publications

Publications ENG FRE RUS SPA
Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus and benefits of transboundary cooperation in the Drina River Basin
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/9)
PDF      
A nexus approach to transboundary cooperation: The experience of the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/12)
PDF      
Methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins and experiences from its application: synthesis
(ECE/MP.WAT/55)
PDF PDF PDF PDF
More information and all reports and basin nexus assessments      
Publications ENG FRE RUS SPA
Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus and benefits of transboundary cooperation in the Drina River Basin
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/9)
PDF      
A nexus approach to transboundary cooperation: The experience of the Water Convention
(ECE/MP.WAT/NONE/12)
PDF      
Methodology for assessing the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary basins and experiences from its application: synthesis
(ECE/MP.WAT/55)
PDF PDF PDF PDF
More information and all reports and basin nexus assessments