Informing NDC implementation through a Water-Energy-Food Nexus framework: Sharing lessons from Amazonia and Indonesia at COP 22

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The Global Canopy Programme (GCP), the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Wildife Conservation Society (WCS) will hold an event examining lessons learnt applying a WEF nexus approach in Amazonia and Indonesia to inform key sustainability agendas like NDCs and SDGs. Following breakfast, presentations and moderated panel and audience discussions will take place in Marrakech on Thursday 10th November at this English language event on the sidelines of COP 22, and will feature representation from leading stakeholders working on implementing NDCs through a Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus framework.

Background - the WEF Nexus

In the context of growing natural resource pressures, the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus has emerged as an important conceptual framework for improving resource governance. By accounting for the complex interdependencies between water, energy, and food systems, such an approach can support decision-makers in managing resource trade-offs across different economic sectors and actors.

It is increasingly recognised that such holistic approaches will be needed to effectively implement sustainability agendas, including nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement and the broader Sustainable Development Goals. Experiences in applying this framework to evaluate policy coherence across development and climate plans in Amazonia and Indonesia demonstrate its value in identifying key policy gaps and conflicts – in particular around agriculture and renewable energy targets, and forest conservation efforts under NDCs.  

However, integrating the WEF Nexus concept into decision-making in these regions remains a challenge, with challenges around data, framings of the concept and governance. Addressing these barriers will be vital in integrating the WEF Nexus into policy frameworks that can realise sustainable development goals.

The event

There is a wide community of actors applying WEF Nexus frameworks in a range of countries and ecosystems, using different methodologies, definitions and tools. This event will bring together these practitioners and policymakers to:

1. Share experiences and lessons from tropical forest countries, focussing on Amazonia and Indonesia;

2. Assess the limitations, opportunities and usefulness of such an approach in improving multi-scale resource governance and cross-sectoral coordination;

3. Discuss the barriers and enabling factors to integrate WEF Nexus thinking into policy design and implementation, particularly in the context of NDCs

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