The Water-Energy-Food nexus in cities conference
On May 12, 2022, Closer Cities organised a one-day international conference on the Water-Energy-Food nexus in cities. The conference was organised in close collaboration with a large number of partners and experts. The conference was fully aligned with the philosophy of the Netherlands: Solving Global Challenges Together. The predominant focus of this conference was on how improved urban knowledge sharing regarding the WEF-nexus contributes to realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Partners and experts who contributed to the organisation of this conference come from various organisations including TNO, Deltares, TU Delft, Wageningen University & Research, Erasmus University Rotterdam, IHS Institute for Housing and Urban Development, Global Compact Network Netherlands, Aeres Hogeschool, RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency), Province of Flevoland, RUAF and several others.
Next steps and how to stay involved
The results of the conference are of much value to the Closer Cities approach, on urban knowledge sharing optimisation. The outcome of the WEF-nexus conference provides an important basis for continued research of questions like: which WEF-nexus approach works where and why, and how can improved cross-border exchange of insights and projects make sure that we make optimal use of this and reduce knowledge to remain untapped? Via our platform and the WEF-nexus page, examples will be collected and analysed. Urban professionals working in this field are invited to share projects and experiences and continue to work on this topic together. Closer Cities will continue to work on the WEF-nexus for the coming years as well as on various other urban topics.
Useful links to stay involved with Closer Cities and the WEF-nexus: