Water Security and Nexus

A global initiative by UNU-INWEH that supports decision makers and development community in applying water security agenda.
The Challenge

Safeguarding water resources for human and environmental needs is one of the major concerns globally. This challenge is aggravated by the volatile geopolitical environment, changes in demography, increasing urbanization and climatic variability, and other factors associated with globalization. Availability and access to water are critical factors and key global priorities for ensuring peace and sustainability. The challenges governments and development partners’ face on water management for political stability include:

• tradeoffs in inter-sectoral water allocation;
• finding solutions to complexities in transboundary water management;
• alleviating pressures on freshwater ecosystems;
• better understanding and quantifying reasons, trends and impacts of water-driven migration, and;
• the need to resolve water-energy-food nexus in specific geographical settings.

The Solution

Assessing key gaps and needs to improve global Water Security require a clear understanding of the drivers, trends and patterns of collective action, and of the newer dimensions of the Water Security Nexus. These include human migration/displacement issues, nature-based solutions (NbS), green infrastructure, and other factors. The Water Security (WS) agenda addresses a wide range aspects of the water nexus: drinking water, ecosystems, climate change, water supply for food and energy production, governance, transboundary cooperation, political stability and financing. The agenda also presents innovative aspects of water as a vehicle for peace in conflict resolution, and how this helps address trans-boundary water-related challenges. This initiative will provide national stakeholders and international decision makers with new and useful data, information and knowledge that they can use to address critical aspects of water management that affect the Water Security Nexus, but are typically overlooked.

01 November 2017 – 31 December 2019

Project Flyer
Water Security & Nexus Project Flyer

Call for Contributions:
Special Issue in Environmental Management titled “Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Water Resource Management—Tools, Policies, and Promising Pathways”

Press releases:
Project Launch: Addressing Climate and Water Driven Migration and Conflict Interlinkages to Build Community Resilience in the Congo Basin
2030WATERSECURE- Partnership for Water Security

Migration and Water: A Global Overview (2020)

Geospatial Assessment of Water-Migration Scenarios in the Context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6, 11, and 16
Peace as a Strategy for Planning Water Secure Futures
Disaster-Risk, Water Security Challenges and Strategies in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (2019)
A Synthesis Report Analyzing Menstrual Hygiene Management Within a Humanitarian Crisis
The Potential for Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMAs) as a Participatory Strategy for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems – The Global Commons
Explaining Water Pricing through a Water Security Lens (2018)Comprehensive Assessment of Disaster Risk and Water Security related challenges in Small Island Developing States SIDS
Forests as nature-based solutions for ensuring urban water security Forests and Sustainable Cities (chapter) in Unsylva 250, FAO

Policy Brief
Managing Disaster Risk and Water Security: Strategies for Small Island Developing States (2019)
Without Water, Nothing is Secure (2017)

Africa2030WaterSecure- Capacity Gaps and Needs for Water Security

The Water Security Nexus (Economic Activities and Development) – Poster
Water Crisis and Human Migration; elucidating the ‘cause-impact’ connexion poster
Cities and Climate Adaptation in Comparative Context: Canada, the US and Mexico
Global Water Futures (GWF) poster for 2018 Annual Science Meeting
Co-creating Water Quality Tools Project
ESP 9 World Conference – Book of Abstracts 
IAGLR Abstract
Africa2030WaterSecurity Workshop Agenda
ESP Europe 2018 Regional Conference Book of Abstract: Unpacking the urban water security nexus using ecosystem services and nature-based solutions as guiding frameworks

Nidhi Nagabhatla
Email: Nidhi.Nagabhatla@unu.edu

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