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What has GoNEXUS been reading?

We asked GoNEXUS experts and researchers to share their recent reading recommendations relevant to their sector. This time, we have three researchers sharing articles they have recently read related to water, climate and the nexus.

Sabine Blumstein, advisor in water and international water cooperation at adelphi, shared an article that she noticed with ‘optimistic interest’ in the news recently about the new energy-water deal between Jordan and Israel. According to this new deal, Jordan will provide about 600 megawatts of solar-generated electricity to Israel, which in return will supply Jordan with up to 200 million cubic metres of desalinated water. It is an interesting win-win deal – from both a climate security and Nexus perspective.

Matteo Giuliani, assistant professor at Politecnico di Milano recently read an article entitled ‘How water in 48 countries is key to the success of the world’s most important climate summit’. This article highlights the key role of water in the climate debate as well as the need of studying adaptation to climate change (including drought and flood prevention) along with climate change mitigation. These were are also strongly related to my GoNEXUS research working on advancing river basin/local WEFE modelling, particularly in terms of many-objective robust decision-making and behavioural modelling in the Zambezi Watercourse and Lake Como case studies. Besides, I loved the quote ‘What energy is to mitigation, water is to adaptation.’ 

Rahim Ouedraogo, postdoctoral research fellow in economics at BRGM, has recently read the article ‘Engaging stakeholders in research to address water–energy–food (WEF) nexus challenges’. He found it interesting because it highlights a mixed method that deeply integrates stakeholders into the nexus analysis, which is relevant for the GoNEXUS work on nexus dialogues in the Senegal River basin. This paper shows that stakeholders play a crucial role in the nexus approach to overcome governance failures in the face of sustainability challenges. It sheds light on the fact that engaging stakeholders in research to address WEF nexus challenges contributes to policy and decision-making.