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. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are mostly dependent on solutions using this Nexus Approach.
This advanced school explores background concepts for the Water, Energy, and Food Nexus. PhD researcher Mahesh Jampani will represent UNU-FLORES at the two-week event and will present a poster on his research topic.
Sponsored by the São Paulo Research Foundation, the Advanced School on Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Better Decisions for an Uncertain World 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 policy 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.
The School of Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Urban Planning, University of Campinas
R. Saturnino de Brito, 224
Campinas – São Paulo, 13083-889