The Arab region and particularly the Gulf countries are facing a rapid increase in the energy and water consumption due to the harsh climate conditions, high population growth and increase in industrial and agriculture activities. Indeed, significant amounts of water are used for extracting and transforming energy as well as in agriculture for food production. Similarly, energy is used for extracting, collecting, pumping, transporting, treating and desalinating water. This interdependence implies that the management of energy, water and food production should be addressed simultaneously, to increase energy efficiency in the water and agriculture sectors and reduce the water footprint in the energy and agriculture sectors. Equally important, the WEF nexus could help to create opportunities for entrepreneurship development, gender empowerment social inclusion based on Human right approach. Moreover, the lack of coordination at national and regional levels and the required local skills on the WEF nexus framework threatens the sustainable development of national agendas.
In this context, the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network in association with the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), the United Nations Regional Commission of Western Asia (UN ESCWA) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UAE, are organizing an online discussion entitled “The Water-Energy- Food (WEF) Nexus in the context of Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Challenges and Initiatives” which will take place on 29 September 2020 at 2:00 pm GST, 12:00 pm CET. The online workshop aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Build a common understanding of the WEF nexus as a key driver for sustainable development and actions for addressing climate change.
- Exchange information on the initiatives that have been developed in the region and inform about the lessons learnt and business models.
- Discuss opportunities for strengthening regional collaboration between national and regional initiatives in supporting the concrete implementation of the WEF nexus concept including capacity building and knowledge management initiatives.