Water Energy Food Security Nexus


NRM N5210 The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus
Exam Code 5210
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Winter
Module Coordination Dr Alexandra Nauditt
Lecturers Dr. Alexandra Nauditt, Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe
Workload (h) 45 Attendance 105 Self-Study
Prerequisites

 

Objective

Skills in using quantitative tools related to water, energy and food resources (statistics, models…). Attendance of first and second semester modules.

To bring together students from different disciplines to evaluate the tradeoffs and synergies of resources management and potential interventions in a region.

Intended Learning Outcome The module will provide the following learning outcomes:

  • To be aware of the State of the Art, history and basic concepts related to “The Nexus”
  • To identify, conceptualize and assess complex Nexus systems, and their individual Nexus interlinkages
  • To get an overview on existent qualitative and quantitative tools to assess Nexus systems
  • To get to know available governance and policy related measures to solve Nexus conflicts and promote Nexus synergies
  • To be able to suggest locally suitable strategies to overcome Nexus conflicts and promote Nexus synergies
Content
  • Introduction to the history and basic concepts related to “The Nexus” and its role in panning and the achievement of the SDGs
  • Concepts and indices needed to monitor Water security, Energy Security and Food Security
  • Individual Nexus interlinkages Water-Energy, Water-Food, Food-Energy and environmental implications
  • Overview on existent qualitative and quantitative tools to assess Nexus systems: e.g. visualization tools, qualitative conceptual tools, models, case studies on applications
  • Overview on Governance and policy related measures to solve Nexus conflicts and promote Nexus synergies, case studies on applications
  • Self study: read relevant papers and discuss in group (State of the Art in Nexus Research)
  • Group work task: To identify, conceptualize and assess a complex Nexus system and suggest locally suitable strategies to overcome Nexus conflicts and promote Nexus synergies
Teaching Method Input lectures, self-study, group work, group work and feedback to presentations in class
Assesment Method 2x Interim presentations of group work + individual results (PPT) (30%), Group Poster (70%)
Recommended Reading

Albrecht, Tamee R.; Crootof, Arica; Scott, Christopher A. (2018): The Water-Energy-Food Nexus. A systematic review of methods for nexus assessment. In Environ. Res. Lett. 13 (4), p. 43002. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaa9c6.

Flammini, A.; Puri, M.; Pluschke, L.; Dubois, O (2017). Walking the Nexus Talk: Assessing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Context of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative; Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): Rome, Italy.

Liu, J.; Yang, H.; Cudennec, C.; Gain, A. K.; Hoff, H.; Lawford, R. et al. (2017): Challenges in operationalizing the water–energy–food nexus. In Hydrological Sciences Journal 62 (11), pp. 1714–1720. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2017.1353695.

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