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The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus

The Water Food Energy and Climate NexusChallenges and an agenda for action 
Global trends of population growth, rising living standards and the rapidly increasing urbanized world are increasing the demand on water, food and energy. Added to this is the growing threat of climate change which will have huge impacts on water and food availability. It is increasingly clear that there is no place in an interlinked world for isolated solutions aimed at just one sector. In recent years the “nexus” has emerged as a powerful concept to capture these inter-linkages of resources and is now a key feature of policy-making.

This book is one of the first to provide a broad overview of both the science behind the nexus and the implications for policies and sustainable development. It brings together contributions by leading intergovernmental and governmental officials, industry, scientists and other stakeholder thinkers who are working to develop the approaches to the Nexus of water-food-energy and climate. It represents a major synthesis and state-of-the-art assessment of the Nexus by major players, in light of the adoption by the United Nations of the new Sustainable Development Goals and Targets in 2015. With a foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales

GEO-6: Global Environment Outlook: Regional assessment for Africa, 2016

1United Nations Environment Programme

The GEO 6 regional assessment recognizes Africa’s rich natural capital - the diversity of soil, geology, biodiversity, water, landscapes and habitats- which if wisely managed, hold the promise to lead the region to a future where ecosystem integrity,as well as human health and wellbeing are continuously enhanced.

It also observes that the economic growth of Africa hinges on the sustainable management of its natural capital that involves reconciling wise stewardship with human development for today’s population and future generations.

This requires both the protection and valuation of these natural assets, as well as effectively communicating their importance.

WMI scientist contributes to global gender review

2IWMI’s Barbara van Koppen is a contributing author to the ‘Global Gender and Environment Outlook’ a firstof-its-kind publication by the United Nations Environment Programme. In her contribution to the Outlook, Barbara highlights how gender gaps in access to and control over water for productive uses continue to widen, especially affecting the rural poor. Equal control, from the point of view of gender, over water and water infrastructure, as well as land, labour, resources and decision-making, should be at the forefront in analysis and action for sustainable growth.

Promoting Green Urban Development in African Cities: Kampala, Uganda, Urban Environmental Profile

1The city of Kampala has undergone a period of rapid urbanization that has contributed to the degradation of the city’s natural environment. The urban environmental profile for Kampala has been prepared as the first component of the assignment promoting green urban development in Africa: enhancing the relationship between urbanization, environmental assets, and ecosystem services, a project being conducted under the leadership of the World Bank. An overall objective of this project is to link the study of urban environmental issues with the advancement of more sustainable urban growth.

The profile summarizes the existing quality of the wetlands and other aquatic and terrestrial environmental assets, identifies the key drivers that are the cause of their vulnerability, and describes the key institutional challenges and constraining factors that limit the city’s ability to address environmental management challenges. Identification of the key environmental assets and key drivers of environmental degradation within the city required a more comprehensive review of reports on urban planning and infrastructure services. The city has recently made progress in the development of key infrastructure systems such as solid waste management and sanitation. The report is organized as follows: section one gives introduction.

Sustainable Sanitation for All: Experiences, challenges, and innovations, June 2016. Practical Action

6Editors: Petra Bongartz, Naomi Vernon and John Fox
Publishers: Practical Action Publishing Ltd
Published: June 2016 Pages: 346
eISBN: 978-1-78044-927-2 | ISBN: 978-1-85339-927-5

Great strides have been made in improving sanitation in many developing countries. Yet, 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack access to adequate sanitation facilities and the poorest and most vulnerable members of society are often not reached and their specific needs are not met.

Moreover, sustainability is currently one of the key challenges in CLTS and wider WASH practice, subsuming issues such as behaviour change, equity and inclusion, physical sustainability and sanitation marketing, monitoring and verification, engagement of governments, NGOs and donors, particularly after open defecation free (ODF) status is reached, and more.

 

                           


            

Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2