The new publication ‘Solutions and investments in the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus: A synthesis of experiences in transboundary basins’ addresses these questions and comes with five main messages:
- Since transboundary basins account for around 60 percent of global freshwater flows, their potential to generate benefits across water, food, energy, and ecosystems through integrated solutions and investments is enormous.
- Transboundary cooperation is crucial to make them possible and basin organizations have a crucial role to play in coordinating or catalyzing nexus solutions and investments. They can facilitate the cross-sectoral dialogue needed to develop sustainable water infrastructure in shared basins.
- Tackling water and environment-related issues through nexus solutions in transboundary waters is possible and there are many lessons to be learned from around the world.
- Successful approaches require the understanding of inter-sectoral linkages as well as a dialogue process to jointly prioritize key issues and elaborate solutions.
- Important vehicles for ‘nexus’ solutions and investments include:
- cross-cutting regional strategies agreed by multiple governments,
- river basin plans developed jointly by riparian states,
- regionally coordinated financial support from financial institutions.
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