Events


NOV
14
Date:
Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
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An International Workshop on

Land Use, Policy and Water-Energy-Food Nexus:

Putting science to work for collaboration and problem solving

November 13-16, 2018

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI USA

 

BACKGROUND

 

Food production, and thus food security, is inherently linked to land use, as well as to energy and water resources, whether the food is produced from grains from croplands, livestock from rangelands, or seafood from aquaculture. Therefore, competition of land use for urban development and other non-agricultural uses has significant implications for food security. Food production relies on water availability and its temporal dynamics as crop growth and rangeland forage relies on soil moisture in root systems. This is changing as temperature and precipitation dynamics shift as local manifestations of climate change, and as a result of competition for water from other uses such as hydropower, residential and industrial demand, and other uses. Over the past decades, climate patterns have noticeably changed, leading to more frequent floods and severe droughts that devastate crops, affected fisheries and altered ecosystem services. At the same time, food production, processing and delivery continued relying heavily on the energy that provides power for agricultural irrigation, fertilization and transport. Furthermore, farmland is increasingly devoted to the production of biofuels, creating additional competition for land and complicating tradeoffs between water, energy and food security.

WORKSHOP SUB-THEMES

 

The Rural-Urban Nexus

Governance

Finance

Linking WEF scientific analysis to policy formulation

Capacity for sustainable WEF decision making

 

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES

 

A number of WEF Nexus frameworks have been proposed but practical implementation of these frameworks must be further refined and case studies must be conducted to demonstrate the benefits and effectiveness for sustainable watershed management. The workshop objectives, therefore, are:

 

  1. To share experiences and knowledge of water-energy-food nexus research from different disciplines, institutions and nations;
  2. To discuss current WEF Nexus frameworks and develop next steps to further validate and apply them to address practical issues related to water-energy-food securities;
  3. To identify gaps and priorities in future research in the area of water-energy-food securities and land use policies and steps to pursue future funding.

 

 

NOV
15
Date:
Thursday, 15 Nov 2018
Time:
All day
Location:
303 International Center
Department:
Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
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An International Workshop on
Land Use, Policy and Water-Energy-Food Nexus:
Putting science to work for collaboration and problem solving
 
November 13-16, 2018
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI USA
 
BACKGROUND
 
Food production, and thus food security, is inherently linked to land use, as well as to energy and water resources, whether the food is produced from grains from croplands, livestock from rangelands, or seafood from aquaculture. Therefore, competition of land use for urban development and other non-agricultural uses has significant implications for food security. Food production relies on water availability and its temporal dynamics as crop growth and rangeland forage relies on soil moisture in root systems. This is changing as temperature and precipitation dynamics shift as local manifestations of climate change, and as a result of competition for water from other uses such as hydropower, residential and industrial demand, and other uses. Over the past decades, climate patterns have noticeably changed, leading to more frequent floods and severe droughts that devastate crops, affected fisheries and altered ecosystem services. At the same time, food production, processing and delivery continued relying heavily on the energy that provides power for agricultural irrigation, fertilization and transport. Furthermore, farmland is increasingly devoted to the production of biofuels, creating additional competition for land and complicating tradeoffs between water, energy and food security.
 
WORKSHOP SUB-THEMES
  • The Rural-Urban Nexus
  • Governance
  • Finance
  • Linking WEF scientific analysis to policy formulation
  • Capacity for sustainable WEF decision making
 
WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES
 
A number of WEF Nexus frameworks have been proposed but practical implementation of these frameworks must be further refined and case studies must be conducted to demonstrate the benefits and effectiveness for sustainable watershed management. The workshop objectives, therefore, are:
 
 
To share experiences and knowledge of water-energy-food nexus research from different disciplines, institutions and nations;
To discuss current WEF Nexus frameworks and develop next steps to further validate and apply them to address practical issues related to water-energy-food securities;
To identify gaps and priorities in future research in the area of water-energy-food securities and land use policies and steps to pursue future funding.