Coordinator name:
Floor Brouwer
Coordinator email:
floor.brouwer@wur.nl
Coordinator affiliation:
Wageningen Research

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Acronym:
SIM4NEXUS

Title: Sustainable Integrated Management for the Nexus of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource efficient Europe

Abstract:
Land, food, energy, water and climate are interconnected, comprising a coherent system (the 'Nexus'), dominated by complexity and feedback. The integrated management of the Nexus is c1itical to secure the efficient and sustainable use of resources. Ban-iers to a resource efficient Europe are policy inconsistencies and incoherence, knowledge gaps, especially regarding integration methodologies and tools for the Nexus, and lmowledge and technology lockins. SIM4NEXUS will develop innovative methodologies to address these ban-iers, by building on we11-lmown and scientifically established existing "thematic" models, simulating different components/"themes" of the Nexus and by developing: (a) novel complexity science methodologies and approaches for integrating the outputs of the thematic models; (b) a Geoplatform for seamless integration of public domain data and metadata for decision and policy making; (c) a Knowledge Elicitation Engine for integrating strategies at different spatial and temporal scales with top down and bottom up learning process, discovering new and emergent knowledge, in the form of unknown relations between the Nexus components and policies/strategies; (d) a web-based Serious Game for multiple users, as an enhanced interactive visualisation tool, providing an immersive experience to decision- and policy-makers.

Start date: 01-06-2016
End date: 31-05-2020



Coordinator name:
Prof. Dr. Paolo Burlando
Coordinator email:
paolo.burlando@ethz.ch
Coordinator affiliation:
ETH Zurich, Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, Institute of Environmental Engineering

Contact name:
Prof. Dr. Jasminko Novak / Prof. Phoebe Koundouri
Contact email:
dafne@eipcm.org / pkoundouri@aueb.gr
Contact affiliation:
European Institute for Participatory Media / University of Economics and Business, Greece International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy
Acronym:
DAFNE

Title: Decision Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food Nexus in complex transboundary water resource systems of fast developing countries

Abstract:
DAFNE is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to develop a better understanding of the water-energy-food nexus in complex and trans-boundary water resources. It develops a decision-analytic framework, multi-perspective visualisation tools and a geo-information portal for integrated and participatory modelling and analysis of the nexus issues in two trans-boundary case studies: the Zambezi basin and the Omo-Turkana basins. DAFNE addresses the ongoing transformations in these regions through an integrated and participatory approach that can trigger change by facilitating shared learning of the risks and opportunities associated with the nexus-related challenges. The DAFNE negotiation simulation lab the nexus analysis tools are developed, applied and evaluated together with the stakeholders through a process of collaborative social learning. More information is available at http://dafne-project.eu/ .

Start date: 01-09-2016
End date: 31-08-2020



Coordinator name:
Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Günther
Coordinator email:
guenther@edu.unu
Coordinator affiliation:
UNU-FLORES

Contact name:
Tamara Avellan
Contact email:
avellan@unu.edu
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Acronym:
UNU-FLORES

Title: UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources

Abstract:
The United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) was established to help address the challenges of complex relations between demands, resource availability and quality, and financial and physical constraints. UNU-FLORES develops strategies to resolve pressing problems in the sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources, particularly water, soil and waste. Focusing on the needs of the United Nations and its Member States, particularly developing countries and emerging economies, the Institute engages in research, capacity development, advanced teaching and training as well as dissemination of knowledge. In an· activities, UNU-FLORES strives to fulfil its mission of advancing a Nexus Approach to the sustainable management of environmental resources. UNU-FLORES was established in Dresden, Germany in 2012 with the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (SMWK) of the Free State of Saxony, Germany.

Start date: 01-12-2012
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Nexus Project Cluster

Partly funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689150 SIM4NEXUS.

Contact: Floor Brouwer, Wageningen Economic Research

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