IUCN and IWA (International Water Association) offer a space for the linkages across water, energy and food to be discussed through the Nexus Dialogue. The Dialogue will help to identify and share water infrastructure and technology solutions for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions is a call to action to those leading transformations in water infrastructure planning, financing and operation.

Vision:

Future-Focused

The Nexus Dialogue will use experience in operating and optimizing infrastructure to set state-of-the-art, support building of investment pathways and enable novel partnerships needed to accelerate action worldwide on water infrastructure solutions for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.

IUCN and IWA will convene a series of discussions on good practice and innovations for optimizing infrastructure to secure water, energy and food production. Workshops are planned, enabling better understanding of Nexus thinking and integration into management and operation of infrastructure, as well as into policy and planning at national levels.

Reliance on Water Infrastructure

Recognition of the closely bound interaction between water, energy and food production and use – the Nexus - has led to new demands for water infrastructure and technology solutions. The vision is coordinated planning, development, optimization and operation of portfolios of water infrastructure for benefits across sectors, including combinations of man-made infrastructure and technology with nature-based infrastructure. Solutions will bridge divides – among agriculture, ecosystems, energy, industry and cities – and strengthen the resilience of economic growth.

Building Partnerships for Innovation in Water, Energy and Food Security

Improved practice is making this vision achievable, but solutions and success stories are not widely known or shared between sectors. The Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions will bring together the key actors required for building new investments in innovative water infrastructure and technology that address the interdependencies of water, energy and food.