Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions Presented at the Royal Geographical Society


10 July 2013

The Future Water Conference – “Building resilience: A sector fit for the future” was hosted at the Royal Geographical Society on June 25th 2013. In his opening of the conference, the environment editor of The Guardian and conference Chair, John Vidal stressed, the need for a ‘nexus based approach’.


Inspiration from distinguished speakers:

The conference was addressed by a panel of speakers that included:

  • Anne McIntosh MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee
  • Ian Barker, Head of Water, Land and Biodiversity, Environment Agency
  • Tony Smith, Chief Executive, Consumer Council for Water
  • Alan Sutherland, Water Commission for Scotland

These regarded speakers presented their ideas on how the water sector can remain resilient financially, technologically and environmentally. The second half of the conference consisted of workshops aimed at further defining innovations and perspectives that would help build resilience and secure the sector’s future.


Working on practical applications with workshop participants:

Damian Crilly of the International Water Association (IWA) hosted the workshop on Water Infrastructure Solutions. This workshop was a part of the Nexus Dialogue. The workshop highlighted how water, energy and food systems are inter-connected and have become increasingly more complex and dependent upon one another.

What was effectively shown in this workshop, is how a disturbance in one system can destabilise other systems. This underpinned the relevancy of a nexus based approach. The requirement for cross-sector dialogue in water, energy and food sectors was endorsed by the workshop participants.

These participants then explored solutions to nexus problems and the steps needed to implement these solutions to ensure water, energy and food security.

The Nexus Dialogue provides a global platform for sharing experiences, lessons, tools and guidelines on how portfolios of water infrastructure and technologies can address nexus challenges.


Also see IUCN Water Programme's news story.