Nexus Dialogue Seminar at 2014 World Water Week

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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and International Water Association (IWA), in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); Electricité de France (EDF); United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); United States Department of State and World Resources Institute (WRI), will organize the seminar-Energy Investments and Infrastructure Providing Benefits Across the Nexus during the 2014 World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden, on 31 August, 2014. 

This seminar explores the drivers for energy investments and policies in water infrastructure development and management. Key areas to be explored include: How does investment in energy infrastructure affect other parts of the nexus? In what way can energy investments and ways of operating energy infrastructure provide multiple benefits across the nexus? How can benefits be shared? How can water savings in energy be used beneficially in water supply and food production? How can different actors cooperate to that end?
 
Learning and critical thinking from a series of recent nexus dialogue workshops in Africa, Latin America and Asia, as well as a set of assessments of the water-food-energy-ecosystems in transboundary river basins will provide a basis for discussion, along with perspectives from the energy, water and food sectors.
 
 

Programme

14:00    Welcome and Opening Remarks

Chair: Dr. Ger Bergkamp, IWA

Part 1: Enabling Environment for Investing in the Energy Sector: Understanding Benefits and Trade-offs

14:05 – Keynote – Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Lisa Emilia Svensson -  Sweden’s Ambassador for Oceans, Seas, and Fresh Water

14:20    Setting the Scene: Focus on energy perspective – what are the benefits and trade-offs  across the nexus? Dr. James Dalton, IUCN

14:30    A US perspective on water-energy nexus: success and failures from practitioners - Dr. Reagan Waskom , Colorado State University

14:40    Transboundary implications of energy infrastructure on water resources: considerations and approaches - Dr. Annukka Lipponen, UNECE

14:50 – Q&A

15:00    Roundtable discussion – Katharine Cross, IWA
20 mins discussion followed by 10 mins feedback in plenary from the tables - Each table will have one discussion question

  • How does investment in (energy) infrastructure affect different parts of the nexus?
  • In what way can energy investments and ways of operating infrastructure provide multiple benefits across the nexus?
  • How can benefits be shared?
  • How can water savings in energy be used beneficially in water supply and food production?
  • How can different actors cooperate to that end?

Roundtable moderator(s): Jonathan Grant, WaterTap

15:30    Coffee break

Part 2: Investment in nexus infrastructure and the impacts on water, energy and food security

Chair: Ms. Ulrike Pokorski, GIZ

16:00    Serre-Ponçon (France) and Nam Theun 2 (Lao PDR) hydro schemes: 2 locations, 2 different time periods but the same positive impacts from a "water for energy" infrastructure - Mr. Laurent Bellet, EDF

16:15    Identifying a Pipeline of Natural Infrastructure Investment and How Energy Priorities and Economics Shape Financing of These Investments - Mr. Todd Gartner, WRI

16:25 – Q&A

16:30    Investment aspects for energy efficiency in water infrastructure – energy contracting model - Mr.  Malek Rawashdeh, Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ)

16:40   Renewable Energy Investments in the Context of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus - Mr. Jordan Macknick, US Department of Energy -  National Lab for Renewable Energy

16:50 – Q&A

17:00    Closing panel discussion –

Does investment in energy infrastructure bring benefits for the food/agricultural/land sectors and improve water management?  The panel will discuss issues raised through the session from individual presentations and from the audience.

Chair: Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Lisa Emilia Svensson -  Sweden’s Ambassador for Oceans, Seas, and Fresh Water

  • Mr. Jordan Macknick, US Department of Energy,  National Lab for Renewable Energy
  • Mr. Laurent Bellet, EDF
  • Mr. Todd Gartner, WRI
  • Mr. Malek Rawashdeh, Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ)
  • Dr. Annukka Lipponen, UNECE
  • Dr. Reagan Waskom , Colorado State University

17:30 – Close 

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