Nexus between Water, Food and Energy
The Australian National University (ANU)-UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance has invited a selected group of leading researchers and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds to participate in a workshop called "Water, Food and Energy: Understanding and Managing the Risks and Trade-offs" which will take place in Oxford from 9-13 June 2014.
Alice Aureli, Chief of the Section on Groundwater Resources and Aquifer Systems, International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO, is one the invited experts.
The Workshop will consist of a dialogue and a series of deliberations on a set of questions. Potential outputs include: a ‘Policy Forum’ type paper authored by participants, an edited book, a special edition of a peer-reviewed journal, among others.
About one-third of the world's population lives in countries that are experiencing water stress. Population growth will increase water demand, while global food demand by 2050 could increase by 50 per cent and total primary energy use by as much as 80 per cent or more. While both food and energy growth will require increased water use, this does not necessarily mean greater regional water insecurity as it will depend on where the growth occurs, and how it is managed.
In recognition of these issues, The Australian National University (ANU)-UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance has invited a select group of leading researchers and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds to attend the workshop. This group of approximately 35 people will evaluate the risks and trade-offs across food and water, food and energy, and energy and water.