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The water-energy-food nexus means that the security of supply in these three critical resources tends to be intricately linked. Actions in one area tend to have impacts in one or both of the other two areas. The United Nation’s UN-Water notes that the water-food-energy nexus is central to sustainable development.
In South Africa, there is a lack of a clear elevated plan to manage the water-energy-food nexus and to inform decision-making processes in support of the National Development Plan. In light of the recent severe droughts, it is essential to have a national dialogue by the relevant experts, affected communities, and government departments.
· To assess the extent government policy takes account of challenges related to water, energy and food security, and whether there is alignment
· For researchers to present their research, thinking, and innovation regarding the interrelatedness of water, energy and food
· To facilitate exchanges and solution-driven deliberations around the nexus
· To discuss and respond to issues that should influence policy-makers to align the national water, energy and food strategies for the purpose of attaining security of supply in all these areas
Questions for consideration:
· How can South Africa’s planning for energy resources be optimised to support increased fresh water and food security?
· Is the current national water strategy adequate to deal with future shortages due to changing climate?
· How can the agriculture industry support efficient use of water and energy resources?
· In light of the above, what are the prospects of establishing a national task team on the water-energy-food nexus?
· Collating recommendations for government, which will be publicised and sent to the relevant authorities
· Identifying issues for further discussion and determining possible follow-up actions
Outputs will be available on the NSTF website: Speakers’ PowerPoint presentations, video clips of presentations, media release, set of detailed proceedings including audience discussions, summary and recommendations, concept document, reading list, and photos.
Necsa Science Tour: On Wednesday 24 October at 14:00-16:30, the Discussion Forum will be followed by a tour of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) at Pelindaba, Hartbeespoort. (Necsa is close to the Discussion Forum venue.) For security, the tour requires a separate registration process. The tour programme will be emailed to you by the NSTF Office. For enquiries, contact Mr Wiseman Tseisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 (0)12 841-3349/3987.
About the NSTF: The NSTF is the stakeholder forum representing the science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation community in South Africa. This ranges from research institutions, universities and state entities to business, professional societies (known as proSET) and civil society. The NSTF engages with policy issues across various government departments and promotes collaboration and critical thinking among the broad range of stakeholders. NSTF Discussion Forums gather stakeholders together, across the public and private sectors, to put forward recommendations to influence government policies.
The committee of the Science Councils and Statutory Bodies Sector discusses ways to improve coherence among science councils and identifies areas of common interest. The latter is achieved through this annual Discussion Forum where a range of topical SET and innovation issues are discussed by various experts and key role players in the science community and councils.