U.S. Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus


On June 23rd – June 24th 2014, Colorado State University, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management and the U.S. Department of State conducted multi-disciplinary practitioner workshops. The aim of the workshop was discuss, based upon case studies of US experiences, how to plan and manage, jointly and effectively, across the water-energy-food nexus.

  • Workshop participants prepared a brief case study from their sector in preparation of workshop dialogue papers (Available here)
  • A background paper was prepared for the workshop to facilitate discussion and development of key points (Available here)
  • After the workshop, a final paper was developed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of State to draw on for international workshops (Available here)

The workshop demonstrated the complexity and diversity of issues within the nexus, the importance of finance to support nexus solutions to water, energy and food challenges and highlighted the criticality of effective policy to enable nexus solutions at the local level.

The workshop concluded with the starting point for the next phase of discussions, asking What specific institutional changes should be made to take advantage of the lessons learned and to provide incentives to overcome barriers to nexus outcomes?