Launch of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE²W) Network
UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the Australian National University (ANU)-UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance are organizing the official launch of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE²W) Network on 26 November 2014, 15h, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
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.
The Australian National University (ANU) - UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance has taken the lead and created a network of leading researchers and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds evaluate the risks and trade-offs across food and water, food and energy, and energy and water.
Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE²W) is a network of individuals from academia, the private and public sectors, and civil society, who wish to effectively respond to the challenges, risks and opportunities of achieving food, water and energy security while sustaining the environment and enhancing livelihoods, today and into the future.
The FE²W Network provides decision-makers at all levels with the knowledge and frameworks to effectively manage the tradeoffs between the security of food, energy, environment and water. FE²W actions aim at improving how to manage systemic risks and shocks across these systems. FE²W Network is ‘bridging the silos’ across food, energy, environment and water, recognising the interlinked uncertainties, and improving people’s lives.