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    The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus

    The water, energy and food sectors are inextricably linked, and that actions in one area more often than not have impacts in one or both of the others.

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    Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture (ongoing)

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) together with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), in collaboration with the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), have initiated a Capacity Development Project on the Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture. The project was launched in November 2011 with an international workshop in Bonn, and will run until May 2013. More information including videos and other materials.

    Training and Workshops

    10th Bonn Dialogues  Novmeber 15, 2011

    Based on the background information provided by the concept note, the panellists will address the following issues:

    • What is the “Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus”, and why is it important?
    • What are practical and institutional challenges to implement an integrated approach to the management of water, energy and food resources?
    • Which examples can we show as of today where integrated approaches to water, energy and food security were successful and led to solving problems of shortages?
    • How can water and energy awareness be achieved in the private, transnational food production and trade sector?
    • Will an integrated approach also benefit the poor, or does it cater mostly to the green conscious of the western world?
    • Can environmental management guided by the principle of a green economy help us to better cope with the effects of global environmental change?

    "Bonn Dialogues on Global Environmental Change" are a series of events focusing on substantive issues related to anthropogenic drivers and consequences of Global Environmental Change and Human Security - addressing in a cross-cutting manner sector specific themes such as climate, water, energy, or food.

    The Dialogue Series aims to:

    • raise public awareness of different aspects of Global Environmental Change;
    • serve as a forum for interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder exchanges of views;
    • contribute to different scientific, political and public discourses; and
    • present Bonn as a host of various organizations dealing with cooperation, sustainable development and environmental concerns.

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