Achieving water, energy, and food security is a future central challenge that is possible even under difficult and challenging global economic conditions. It also emphasises the human dimension and fulfilment of fundamental human rights. Global demand and supply assessments predict significant shortfalls in water and food in the future, but this should not mask the reality that universal access to minimum standards of water, energy, and food can be achieved and sustained within planetary boundaries provided there is political commitment and an appropriate enabling environment.
The word nexus means the understanding of interdependencies, tensions, and trade-offs. In the context of environmental change, the water, energy and food systems are inextricably linked; and any effort to target sustainability needs to consider their broader connections. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are mostly dependent on solutions using this nexus approach.
The Advanced School on Water-Energy-Food Nexus will help graduate students, post-docs, and young researchers to analyse complex systems by understanding the societal, economic and environmental impacts involved in decisions regarding technology innovation and policies design. They will learn different assessment methods, modelling techniques and risk analysis to apply them individually or in combination to research projects, decision-making process or policy development.