IFWEN The project will develop a framework and tools to assess changes in FWEN, their related trade-off s and the building of innovative capabilities in cities for developing innovative solutions to FWEN (IFWEN – Innovation in Food-Water-Energy Nexus) and manage GBI at the urban level. The trade-offs between food, water and energy can generate unsustainable […]
Climate – Resilient – Urban – Nexus – CHoices What is a NEXUS? A NEXUS is a focal point that bundles a series of connections and links, such as a system of urban infrastructure.CRUNCH will help cities to solve the increasing challenges of food, water and energy management.CRUNCH has an integrated approach to facilitate decision-making and learning from city […]
IFWEN stands for: Understanding Innovative Initiatives for Governing Food, Water and Energy Nexus in Cities. IFWEN is a Belmont Forum funded international team of researchers and stakeholders working to advance knowledge about urban governance related to FWEN, and Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) as its base. Improved governance of the interactions between food, water and […]
Energy is arguably the main pillar of our civilization and urban lifestyle. It fuels progress, well being and growth. Since our societies have become aware about the massive scale of negative impacts resulting from our fossil fuel-based energy consumption, shifting to renewable and new sources became imperative to protect life on Earth. Examining power generation […]
In the urban FWE nexus approach, we address food, water and energy resources from a systemic point of view to understand and manage their interrelations, securing access and efficiency in their provision to urban populations. “FOOD” is analyzed within the framework of “food security”, broadly defined by the United Nations´ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO, […]
In the 21st Century, innovation has become THE buzz word in every policy and management forum, and a main or complementary research topic in almost every discipline. Innovation is the generation of new ideas, services, systems and processes. It is a broad and flexible enough concept that anyone can relate to positively. However, implementing new […]
Water is the source of all life in the Planet. In cities, water carries benefits that are usually taken for granted by most people. We only become aware of its importance when we lose access to supply or face shortages. The relationship between water-energy-land resources and their respective policies can be explained briefly. Water policies, […]
IFWEN stands for: Understanding Innovative Initiatives for Governing Food, Water and Energy Nexus in Cities. IFWEN is a Belmont Forum funded international team of researchers and stakeholders working to advance knowledge about urban governance related to FWEN, and Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) as its base. Our research case studies cities around the world, including Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, and will develop new concepts and approaches to understand how to assess, govern and build GBI solutions and policies to support innovation in FWEN. Check our About page for more information!