Seeking examples of best practices.
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Global Water Partnership for the Mediterranean (GWP-Med) have joined forces to address the complex nexus between the water, energy, food and ecosystem sectors in the Mediterranean region.
Following the objectives set out in the UfM Water Declaration, and under the umbrella of the UfM Task Force, the three organisations are currently preparing a joint "Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus"publication in the form of a Nexus Atlas.
This Atlas will provide a spatial baseline analysis and projection of the interconnected water, energy and food requirements in the Mediterranean region, and their associated impacts on the environment. It will address trade-offs and synergies between sectors, and show how, through clever use, they can help promote stability and socio-economic development in the Mediterranean area.
The Atlas aims to offer both a scientific and cultural perspective on the Nexus issues addressed, and will be presented in a language that is accessible to a broad audience, ranging from the interested citizen to specialised stakeholders and experts.
In order to grasp the current status of the region, the baseline analysis will be complemented by a collection of best practices in assessments of the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem (WEFE) Nexus. These will include examples of success stories that illustrate optimal Nexus solutions.
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