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White House Water Summit – 2016 Report

Texas A&M University’s Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Initiative is announcing three efforts to advance awareness and understanding of, and solutions at, the WEF Nexus. The Initiative will (1) launch a community of practice that will identify and respond to national 20 and global opportunities to assist the development of effective WEF management practices, and to develop a set of common, integrated metrics to better understand the WEF system; (2) develop an educational framework to teach stakeholders about the Nexus, through which the Initiative expects to develop 100 WEF leaders… Read More →

Data Science Approaches and Challenges – An NSF FEWS workshop

Responding to the NSF call, the workshop has a twofold goal: creating a vision of how data driven methods can make a significant contribution to understanding the nexus among WEF Systems, and identifying data science research needs to realize that vision. University of Minnesota organizers Shekhar, Mulla, bring together a program featuring WEF Nexus state-of-the-art. Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture will keynote the workshop opening. Texas A&M’s Rabi H. Mohtar will present the WEF Nexus Overview. The workshop will… Read More →

WEF Nexus Workshop, Washington DC, June 1-2-3

Texas A&M System, Area 41, GWSP and First Future Earth:  WEF Nexus Workshop; June 1 to 3, 2015; Washington DC The workshop, sponsored by Future Earth (through the service of the Global Water System Project) and Texas A&M University, will feature invited speakers, selected unsolicited papers, posters and a reception with time to view the posters. Experts serious about the interactions of Water, Energy and Food are invited to attend. Those with expertise in the development of knowledge and monitoring capabilities related to the W-E-F Nexus are particularly… Read More →

Managing Resource Scarcity in 2034: The Water, Energy, Food Nexus

Science 2034  by Rabi H. Mohtar, Texas A&M University [Through the efforts of Rick Mertens, AgriLife’s Washington DC staffer, a story highlighting Rabi’s work on the WEF Nexus is highlighted along with other “thought leaders.” ] By 2034, I predict that the interdisciplinary field of “complexity science” will provide government and private decision-makers with the cross-disciplinary analytical tools necessary to address global challenges not yet imagined in public health, climate change and resilience, sustainable development, energy and water security, and public safety. (read the entire article)

Water, Energy and Food Nexus in the Arab Region

Policy Briefs for the Water, Energy and Food Nexus in the Arab Region, March 4-5, 2015, Cairo, Egypt GIZ ACCWaM Programme (Regional Programme for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector in the MENA Sector), in cooperation with the League of Arab States and the Arabian Gulf University organized an inception workshop for preparing “Policy Briefs for the Water, Energy and Food (WEF) Nexus in the Arab Region”. Representatives from GIZ, Arabian Gulf University, League of Arab States, Texas A&M University, Jordan University, UN FAO, UN ESCWA,… Read More →

Eckart Woertz: Mining in the MENA (April 23, 2pm, Scoates 317)

Dr. Eckart Woertz, Senior Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), Barcelona, Spain Thursday, April 23, 2015 p 2:00 pm p 317 Scoates Hall Mining in the MENA: Linkages with water, energy, food and economic diversification Offering a mapping exercise of the economic importance of non-hydrocarbon minerals (NHM) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and showing how governments in the region increasingly perceive these as strategic resources. The focus is on Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, Turkey, Morocco and Iran. NHM are important for… Read More →

Rethinking Food

___ Rethinking Food Mohtar: food security in dry areas is a multi-dimensional portfolio in which sustainable local production, investment, import, and adaptive technologies are all key elements that should be investigated and studied.  

W-E-F Nexus in Arabic language

Introduction to the nexus debate in Arabic language, by Rabi H. Mohtar and Bassel Daher. Mohtar and Daher present water, energy, and food as the main systems forming a nexus, itself affected by defined external factors. Integrative thinking in the process of strategic planning comes through highlighting the intimate level of interconnectedness between these systems. A nexus approach – specific to water and energy planning – can lead to smarter, more resilient development solutions. An Introduction to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Arabic Language see article.

IRENA Report: Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus

Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus Renewable energy technologies can address trade-offs between water, energy and food, bringing substantial benefits in all three key sectors. This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and co-authored by A&M’s Nexus Research Group, looks at how adopting renewables can ease trade-offs by providing less resource-intensive energy services compared to conventional energy technologies. Report