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FAO Water-Energy-Food Nexus Webinar series

Published Jan 26, 2021

This FAO series — organized in collaboration with SEI and KTH Royal Institute of Technology — introduces nexus concepts and gives examples of current efforts and best practices in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and beyond.

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Webinar series is organized by FAO, in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The series introduces nexus concepts and gives examples of current efforts and best practices in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and beyond. Through this series, participants will gain an understanding of the importance of nexus concepts and learn how to identify nexus challenges, as well as find appropriate nexus solutions to achieve sustainability, resilience, and water security.

This series is developed under the regional project, “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency/Productivity and Water Sustainability in NENA countries” (WEPS-NENA) under the FAO led regional Water Scarcity Initiative (WSI). This project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Session 1: Understanding the nexus and nexus challenges: examples from the NENA region

February 2, 2021 | 14-15:30 GMT+2

Our first session covers nexus concepts and provides
a framework to identify nexus challenges. Example
applications will be shown from around the world and
there will be a hands-on experience for participants.


  • Domitille Vallee, FAO
  • Annette Huber-Lee, SEI
  • Youssef Almulla, KTH

Session 2: Tools and Methods to find Nexus Solutions: Examples from Morocco and Jordan

Experts will discuss tools and methods to find nexus solutions, providing a framework and examples from Jordan and the Souss Massa region of Morocco. There will be a hands-on activity for participants.

February 15, 2021 | 14-15:30 GMT+2


  • Francesco Fuso-Nerini, KTH
  • Brian Joyce, SEI
  • Camilo Ramirez Gomez, KTH

Session 3: A Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach for evaluating the sustainability of the Mediterranean Diet: The Case of Lebanon

March 2, 2021 | 14-15:30 GMT+2

This session will describe the water-energy-food interconnectivity and the analysis for evaluating the sustainability of the Mediterranean diet in Lebanon. Farmers’ perspectives about production scenarios will be discussed.


  • Sasha Koo-Oshima, FAO
  • Sandra Yanni, AUB
  • Roula Bachour, AUB
  • Bassel Daher, TAMU
  • Rabi Mohtar, AUB
  • Rami Zurayk, Moderator, AUB

Session 4: The WEF Nexus on the ground: practical applications from the Maghreb and West Africa

March 16, 2021 | 14-15:30 GMT+2

This session will showcase evidence and experiences that demonstrate the relevance of the WEF Nexus for sustainable agriculture.


  • Luca Ferrini, GIZ
  • Maria Ana Rodriguez, GIZ

Session 5: Nexus and sustainability in theory and practice: Examples from Iran

March 30, 2021 | 14-15:30 GMT+2

The session will cover how the nexus connects to sustainability and introduce Sustainability Transition Pathways. Examples will be shared from Iran and an opportunity to do some hands-on applications for discussion and Q&A. The session will be in English with simultaneous translation to French.

This session will be presented by:

  • Bahram Taheri, Director of AUT Nexus & HSE Center & NRI Nexus Center.
  • Roya Zargarian, AUT Nexus & HSE Center.
  • Morteza Jalali & Mohammad Moradi, NRI Nexus Center.
  • Seyed M. Mousavi, NRI Nexus Center/AUT Nexus Center partner.

More sessions to be planned at a later stage to share more experiences and tools relevant to the Nexus water-food-energy debate.

Read more information about Project WEPS-NENA

More information on the Water Scarcity Initiative

Read more about KTHs role in the project

KTH Contact

Francesco Fuso-Nerini
Francesco Fuso-Nerini
associate professor , docent