Energy and Water Security

Generating energy requires water. Water management in turn affects energy planning, as energy is needed for pumping water, desalination processes, and water treatment plants.

It is critical to understand the driving forces, competing interests, and natural cycles within the water–energy nexus to ensure efficient and sustainable use of these resources.

Climate change will complicate these interconnections. Rising temperatures will increase demand for water and irrigation pumping. Introducing more renewable energy sources may affect water demand. Increased scarcity will amplify the potential for water conflicts and the need to better manage water and energy across national borders.

We will seek to bring together the energy and water sectors, building on integrated planning approaches on both sides. We can provide a neutral multistakeholder
platform to coordinate development policies and governance strategies based on local needs and realities, and allocate resources and benefits equitably among all users.

Integrating the food security dimension with the water and energy nexus will be essential in local development contexts, and it will add another level of cooperation among actors from all three sectors.

Posted: 2014-07-28

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