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River Basins and Cryosphere
11 November 2021
Arun B. Shrestha
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).
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.
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
Framework for WEFE nexus application in the HKH