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Add to Calendar 12/06/2014 09:00 13/06/2014 17:00 Africa/Casablanca International Conference on Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Drylands: Bridging Science and Policy The OCP Policy Center in partnership with the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), King’s College London and Texas A&M University is holding a conference about /The Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Drylands/ on June 11-13. The conference in Rabat gathers high-level international experts to discuss the impacts of climate change and water scarcity and potential solutions i... Not specified OCP Policy Center contact@ocppc.ma false DD/MM/YYYY
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, June 13, 2014 - 17:00

International Conference on Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Drylands: Bridging Science and Policy

The OCP Policy Center in partnership with the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), King’s College London and Texas A&M University is holding a conference about The Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Drylands on June 11-13. The conference in Rabat gathers high-level international experts to discuss the impacts of climate change and water scarcity and potential solutions in the fields of agriculture, water management, agro-business and energy.

Approximately two billion people live in arid countries. One third of the global population will be most affected by water scarcity and climate change. Efficient management of water resources for food and energy production is a developmental challenge that requires holistic approaches. The water-food-energy nexus highlights that food, water and energy security are inextricably linked and that any decision in one of the three sectors has consequences for the other. Nowhere else this nexus is as evident as in global dry lands. Energy will be required to pump, treat and desalinate water for domestic and agricultural purposes. Water will be required to produce energy. Such management challenges call for a nexus approach to broaden the analysis from a mere ‘blue water’ focus to the more efficient use of soil moisture (‘green water’) and sustainable policy options.

The conference provides analyses and recommendations on how to address the nexus in global drylands, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. New theoretical approaches are discussed such as energy-water footprints and how to tackle quantitative data gaps that underpin the nexus approach. Other topics include the role of technology and innovation in supporting the better use of water resources for food and energy production, the impact of climate change on water resources and agricultural productivity, improved supply chain management, logistics and inputs, and the role of ‘ancient farming techniques’ like terraced fields in preserving water resources. Another area of interest relates to policy relevant issues such as the enablement of farmers in drylands to realize nexus ideas, hydropolitics and the administration of cross border water resources, and the role of multinational cooperation and institutional reform in dryland countries to govern water for food and energy production.

The conference is the first in a series of related conferences and research initiatives with which the OCP Policy Center, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), King’s College London and Texas A&M University want to address this pressing issue of our time. Papers of the conference will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development in spring 2015. At the same time a follow up conference will be held in Barcelona that will explore the cooperation potential between dryland countries and regions with tropical agriculture, most notably Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Rabat, 11-13 June, 2014

Meeting Summary 

Day 1. Wednesday, 11 June

19.30    

Registration

20.00    

Welcoming session

Day 2. Thursday, 12 June

08.30 - 09.15

Coffee and Registration

09.15 - 09.30

Opening Remarks

Jordi Bacaria, Director Barcelona Centre of International Affairs (CIDOB)

Karim El-Aynaoui, Managing Director OCP Policy Center

09.30 - 10.00

Keynote address

Tony Allan, King’s College London and SOAS

10.00 – 11.15

Panel 1: Defining the Nexus for Drylands

Green Water in Dryland Countries : defining feature of the Nexus

Rabi Mohtar, Texas A&M University

Impacts of Climate Change on the food-water supply chains in Drylands

Mark Mulligan, King’s College London

Food-Water in the MENA Region

Marta Antonelli, King’s College London

The Nile and the Nexus

Harry Verhoeven, University of Oxford

Discussion moderated by Holger Hoff, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

11.15 - 11.45     

Coffee Break

11.45 –13.00

Case Studies from Dryland Countries

Morocco

Rachid Doukkali, Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II

A global View of Managing Water Ressources in Tunisia

Jamel Chahed, ENIT Tunis

Contribution of rainfall-runoff modelling to the knowledge of water resources in Senegal

Ansoumana Bodian, Université Gaston Berger (UGB), Senegal                

Discussion moderated by Saqib Mukhtar, Texas A&M University

13.00 - 14.30

Lunch Break

14.30 - 15.45

Panel 2: Farming

Farmers last- the failure of dryland farming in West Asia and North Africa

Brian Chatterton, Farmer and Former Minister of Agriculture South Australia

Catalyzing, distilling and disseminating agroecological knowledge

Kristofer Dodge, ICARDA

Livestock farming in Texas:  The Ogallala case study

Saqib Mukhtar, Texas A&M University

Challenges to the operationalization of the nexus concept in local development

Guy Jobbins, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London

Discussion moderated by Martin Keulertz, Purdue University

15.45 - 16.15

Coffee Break

16.15–17.30

Case studies from selected countries

Climate Change Impact on Water, Agriculture and Energy in Lebanon

Talal Darwish, National Center for Remote Sensing (CNRS), Beirut        

Realizing the spatial and temporal variations in blue and green agricultural water in Jordan

Samer Talozi, Jordan University of Science and Technology

Remote sensing analysis for monitoring effects on irrigated agriculture in Lebanon and Syria

Hadi Jaafar, American University Beirut

Discussion moderated by Guy Jobbins, ODI

Day 3. Friday, 13 June

09.00 - 10.15

Case Studies from Selected Countries

Food security in the desert : what does it take?

Bassel Daher, Qatar Foundation

Knowledge Triangle Platform for the Nexus  in Egypt

Gabriele Cassetti, Milan Politecnic

Nexus meets crisis - Some considerations on water, food and energy in Darfur

Brendan Bromwich, King’s College London

Discussion moderated by Eckart Woertz, CIDOB

10.15 - 11.30

Panel 3: How to implement the nexus into policy

Implementing the nexus in the MENA region

Holger Hoff, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

The two worlds of food: food policy

 Lynne Chatterton, independent policy advisor

Green water and sustainable policy options

Caroline King, Ecosystems and Human Development Association (EHDA)

Pathways for institutional and policy preparedness

Hammou Lamrani, GIZ

Discussion moderated by Rabi Mohtar, Texas A&M University

11.30 - 12.00

Coffee Break

12.00- 13.15

Panel 4: The Energy Water Nexus: Challenges and Regulations

Omar Aloui, Economist and Managing Director of Agroconcept

Xavier Chauvot de Beauchêne, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank                         

Eckart Woertz, CIDOB  

Discussion moderated by Francis Ghilès, CIDOB

13.15 – 15.00

Lunch Break

15.00 – 15.30    

Keynote Speech

H.E. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-2010)

15.30-16.45

Panel 5: Financing the Nexus in Drylands

Conceptual and operational problems of the nexus approach

Tony Allan, KCL and SOAS

How to finance green economy projects in MENA dryland countries

Martin Keulertz, Purdue University and Eckart Woertz, CIDOB

Culture and the Nexus in Dryland Countries

Musa McKee, SOAS

From thinking to practice: real world application 

Paper 

Daniel Yeo, Global Green Growth Institute, Ethiopia

Discussion moderated by Hammou Lamrani, GIZ

16.45 – 17.45

Panel Conversation

H. E. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-2010)

Discussion moderated by Rabi Mohtar, Texas A&M and Martin Keulertz, Purdue University

17.45

End of conference

 
 

List of Speakers

List of Participants

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CONTACTS
In Rabat: Laila Hamili

OCP Policy Center
Phone: + 212 6 61 91 95 21
E-mail: communication@ocppc.ma

In Barcelona: Anna Borrul

CIDOB
Phone : +34 93 302 64 95
E-mail : aborrull@cidob.org

About CIDOB :

CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, is Spain’s oldest international relations think tank. Since 1973 CIDOB has been an important reference in information and policy-oriented research in international issues, and it has gained growing recognition for its research and publications beyond Spanish borders. CIDOB is an independent, non partisan centre funded by a variety of local, national and international public and private actors which, according to the “Global Go To Think Tank” report issued yearly by the University of Pennsylvania, holds the 64th ranking position in the category of “Top Think Tanks Worldwide” and the 16th of Western Europe.

Its areas of geographical expertise include Europe, Latin America, the former Soviet space, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East with a particular focus on issues such as regionalism, international migration, intercultural dialogue, development and human security. CIDOB participates in a number of research consortiums funded by the European Commission and the European Parliament. It is currently coordinating three major projects on the future of the Atlantic Space, Arab Youth and Integration policies of migrant population in the EU.

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