The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Webinar series is organized by FAO, in collaboration with SEI and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The series introduces nexus concepts and gives examples of current efforts and best practices in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and beyond. Through this series, participants will gain an understanding of the importance of nexus concepts and learn how to identify nexus challenges, as well as find appropriate nexus solutions to achieve sustainability, resilience, and water security.

This series is developed under the regional project, “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency/Productivity and Water Sustainability in NENA countries” (WEPS-NENA) under the FAO led regional Water Scarcity Initiative (WSI). This project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Session 1: Understanding the nexus and nexus challenges: examples from the NENA region

2 February 2021 | 14:00–15:30 GMT+2

Our first session covered nexus concepts and provided a framework to identify nexus challenges. Example applications were shown from around the world.

Speakers:

  • Domitille Vallee, FAO
  • Annette Huber-Lee, SEI
  • Youssef Almulla, KTH

Session 2: Tools and Methods to find Nexus Solutions: Examples from Morocco and Jordan

Experts discussed tools and methods to find nexus solutions, and provided a framework and examples from Jordan and the Souss Massa region of Morocco.

15 February 2021 | 14:00–15:30 GMT+2

Speakers:

  • Francesco Fuso-Nerini, KTH
  • Brian Joyce, SEI
  • Camilo Ramirez Gomez, KTH

Session 3: A Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach for evaluating the sustainability of the Mediterranean Diet: The Case of Lebanon

2 March 2021 | 14:00–15:30 GMT+2

This session described the water-energy-food interconnectivity and the analysis for evaluating the sustainability of the Mediterranean diet in Lebanon. Farmers’ perspectives about production scenarios were be discussed.

Speakers:

  • Sasha Koo-Oshima, FAO
  • Sandra Yanni, AUB
  • Roula Bachour, AUB
  • Bassel Daher, TAMU
  • Rabi Mohtar, AUB
  • Rami Zurayk, Moderator, AUB

Session 4: The WEF Nexus on the ground: practical applications from the Maghreb and West Africa

16 March 2021 | 14:00–15:30 GMT+2

This session showcased evidence and experiences that demonstrate the relevance of the WEF Nexus for sustainable agriculture.

Speakers:

  • Luca Ferrini, GIZ
  • Maria Ana Rodriguez, GIZ

Session 5: Nexus and sustainability in theory and practice: Examples from Iran

30 March 2021 | 14:00–15:30 GMT+2

Our fifth session covered how the nexus connects to sustainability and introduced Sustainability Transition Pathways. Examples were shared from Iran and participants got the opportunity for some hands-on applications, along with discussion and Q&A.

Speakers:

  • Bahram Taheri, Director of AUT Nexus & HSE Center & NRI Nexus Center
  • Roya Zargarian, AUT Nexus & HSE Center
  • Morteza Jalali/ Mohammad Moradi, NRI Nexus Center
  • Seyed M. Mousavi, NRI Nexus Center/AUT Nexus Center partner

Session 6: The WEF Nexus in practice: multi-scalar case studies and a WEF Nexus Index

13 April 2021 | 13:00–14:30 GMT+2

In this webinar, three perspectives are presented aiming to demonstrate the WEF Nexus in practice. The first comes from the recent SIM4NEXUS project (www.sim4nexus.eu ), showing the process of complex WEF nexus model development in the EU, including the incorporation of policies, and the development of online WEF nexus serious games. The second, from the ongoing WEF-Tools project (www.wef-tools.un-ihe.org ) illustrates ongoing, practically-relevant nexus research for the SADC and MENA regions. The final perspective showcases the development of a globally applicable WEF Nexus Index to track nexus performance in a concise, understandable manner.

Speakers:

  • Janez Susnik, IHE Delft
  • Sara Masia, IHE Delft
  • Gareth Simpson, Jones & Wagener

Session 7: Selected experiences with WEF Nexus decision-making: an application in Morocco

27 April 2021 | 13:00–14:30 GMT+2

This session will summarize the experiences of stakeholders in Jordan and Morocco in engaging in the WEF nexus process as implemented under the direction of FAO, followed by a Q&A session.