The Parties to the Water Convention have included in the Work Programme 2013-2015 an assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosytems nexus in selected transboundary basins and established the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus to overview and guide its preparation.
The first meeting of the Task Force, which is the key step in the discussion and design of the assessment of the nexus, will have the following objectives:
- Discuss the process of preparation of the Assessment;
- Explore the needs and preferences of the riparian countries, river basin commissions and stakeholders in the basins proposed to be assessed in the Water Convention Nexus Assessment in order to agree on the scope and objectives of the assessment and on deriving information and analysis needs;
- Review past and on-going efforts to analyse the nexus and to provide guidance for sectoral (and inter-sectoral) decision-making to learn from such exercises;
- Discuss and agree on the basins to be covered by the nexus assessment and agree on the next steps in the process.
The Task Force meeting will be attended by representatives of the countries that are concerned by the case basin proposals submitted so far or that have expressed interest in participating in the assessment, representatives of organizations undertaking parallel initiatives, partners, experts and stakeholders.