Session on the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus, Brasilia, 21 March 2018

Image may contain: 7 people, people smiling, people standing and suitJoinded by representatives from Sudan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Arab Water Council and the league of Arab States, in a session on the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus organized on March 21st, 2018 at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, CEDARE Water Resources Director, Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, indicated in his presentation on the Water Energy Food Nexus in the Arab Region that the Arab Countries import about 340 Billion Cubic Meters of Virtual Water embedded in their food imports. He concluded his speech by recommending that Policy decisions that are to be made in any of the water security, energy security, or food security fields should not be done in isolation but rather within a nexus approach. He concluded that WEF Nexus should consider the fit-for-purpose water use, the long term implications of using fossil reserves, the transboundary dimension of the WEF Nexus, the green water comparative advantage for food production, the optimization of virtual water trade, the measures needed to reduce food wastage, water wastage, and energy wastage, and the trade-offs between increasing water efficiency, increasing water recycling, and the corresponding energy needs.