'Nexus Governance: Harnessing Contending Forces at Work' Dialogue Synthesis Paper 2015_cover

New Nexus paper and blog: 'Nexus Governance: Harnessing Contending Forces at Work'

By Dipak Gyawali.  For many rural farmers, fishers and communities, food, water and energy resources are not considered as separate issues, they are just part of daily reality and need to be managed accordingly. Yet, the conceptual separation and consequent management of these resources is what has happened in the world of experts and government bureaucracies. …  

23 Nov 2015 | News story


Blog: Cities and country, or cities versus country?

By Peter Newborne. Access to water is crucial in arid and semi-arid regions. A key question is how far cities can require distant rural areas to provide water for their – growing – inhabitants. …   | French

19 Nov 2015 | News story

The Ganges © Kurkul Shutterstock

Blog: First Global Transboundary Rivers Assessment Identifies Urgent Priorities for Development and Conservation

By James Dalton. Around 40% of the world’s population lives in river basins that span two or more countries. These transboundary water systems include over 445 aquifers, more than 1,600 lakes and reservoirs, and 286 rivers. They are fundamental to the well-being of societies in terms of healthy people, healthy nature, and economic wealth. Yet population growth, climate change and a host of other threats are putting enormous pressure on these critical resources with far-reaching ramifications. 

27 Oct 2015 | News story

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Declining Biodiversity – will Europe be able to meet the 2020 targets?

2015 marks the halfway-point of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – a time to take stock of the progress made and a chance to adjust the measures for reaching the targets set out in the strategy, which was adopted in 2011. As highlighted in the mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy published by the European Commission earlier this month, more ambition, particularly in implementation efforts by Member States, is needed to halt biodiversity loss to levels set out by the Strategy. …  

21 Oct 2015 | News story

Children on African rice plantation

Blog: Adapting to climate change through ‘action learning’

By Rebecca Welling. There is growing recognition that water security is critical for sustainable economic development, reducing poverty and adapting to climate change. Yet a key aspect often overlooked in efforts to meet this fundamental need is the role played by ecosystems such as rivers, floodplains and wetlands – or ‘natural infrastructure’. …  

13 Oct 2015 | News story

Irrigation agriculture, Azraq, Jordan

Key 9 steps to achieve water stewardship in agriculture

On the occassion of the new publication 'Water Stewardship in Agriculture', James Dalton and Stuart Orr share their views on water stewardship and the steps to take for it to work in the agricultural sector:   …  

06 Oct 2015 | News story

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will take place 1-10 September in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Countdown begins to the world’s leading environmental summit

Gland, Switzerland, 1 September 2015 (IUCN) – Today marks one year to the opening of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the world’s largest and most inclusive environmental decision-making forum that will define the future path for nature conservation. …   | French | Spanish

01 Sep 2015 | News story

Ndakaini dam, Kenya

Blog: Inclusive Water Development: experiences from the WISE-UP project

At the Stockholm World Water Week and in the run up to the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development goals, “water for sustainable development” is top of the international agenda. Ensuring that investments will benefit all, from national to local interests, is the challenge at hand. …  

26 Aug 2015 | News story

Children in Yemen walking for long distances to get water. Waqf Fund can provide sustainable funding for water projects in the region.

World Water Week: A new course for water and development

Safeguarding the planet's water resources is critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That is the message of this year's World Water Week, the annual global conference on water, which starts on Sunday with the theme 'Water for Development.' …  

20 Aug 2015 | News story

Durban harbour, South Africa

Blog: From Gray to Green, Investing in Natural Infrastructure to address Water, Food, and Energy Nexus* Challenges

By Todd Gartner and Kara Difrancesco. Recent extreme droughts and floods have forced an evaluation of how water infrastructure impacts other sectors, highlighting the need for a multi-disciplinary, cross-sectoral approach to balance environmental, social and economic concerns against a backdrop of climate change. …  

05 Aug 2015 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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