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WEFE Nexus in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

From concept to implementation



Date & Time

11 November 2021


Arun B. Shrestha

WEFE Nexus in the Hindu Kush Himalaya


About the workshop

As a follow up to the webinar “The WEFE nexus approach: International experiences and potential for the Hindu Kush Himalaya” held on 11 August 2021, we are organizing a half-day workshop to explore the potential for implementation of the water-energy-food-ecosystem (WEFE) nexus approach in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH).


  • Further concretize the framework for the WEFE nexus implementation in the HKH
  • Discuss the methodology for its implementation
  • Identify potential areas/sites for its implementation in HKH



The webinar is targeted to a select group of experts, managers, and practitioners involved in the WEFE nexus for the HKH region and beyond.



The interlinkages among water, energy, and food have been acknowledged within the WEF nexus approach. More recently practitioners and researchers have highlighted the key role of ecosystems in this nexus due to their intermediary role among the water, energy, and food components and their strong linkages with each individual component. The approach highlights potential synergies and identifies critical conflicts between components.

The WEFE nexus also includes the main drivers of climate change – agriculture and energy for food security, and the main affected sectors – water and environment. So, to mitigate climate change, the WEFE nexus approach needs to be mainstreamed into development policy, planning and practice?

Challenges related to data, information, and knowledge gaps in the nexus interlinkages, and issues concerning operationalisation of the nexus approach are particularly relevant to the HKH region. Furthermore, the ability to unpack the nexus has often been limited by the lack of systematic tools that efficiently improve on the opportunities from interlinkages between its components and regulates conflicting outcomes from the trade-offs amongst them.


Time (NPT) Programme Speakers/Facilitator Rapporteur(s)
13:45–14:00 Registration Suzeena Shrestha, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
14:00–14:30 Introductory session

About the workshop

Framework and methods of WEFE implementation in HKH

Comments by participants


Arun Shrestha, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD

Babar Khan and Sunita Chaudhary, Ecosystem Services

Chimi Seldon, Knowledge Management and Communication, ICIMOD
14:30–15:00 Discussions on:

Framework for WEFE nexus application in the HKH

15:00-15:30 Important methodological steps in WEFE nexus application
15:30-16:00 Potential areas/basins for WEFE nexus implementation
16:00-16:30 Concluding discussions and next steps Sharmila Dhungana, Knowledge Management and Communication, ICIMOD