GoNEXUS – Innovative tools and solutions for governing the water-energy-food-ecosystems NEXUS under global change

GoNEXUS aims to develop a framework for designing and assessing innovative solutions for an efficient and sustainable coordinated governance of the water-energy-food-ecosystems (WEFE) nexus. Solutions will combine policy changes and soft path options with technical and infrastructure measures for a more resilient future. To achieve this objective, the project will build a powerful model toolbox and creative participatory Nexus Dialogues. The model toolbox will include forefront global/continental and river basin models, innovatively establishing a functional link between them. At global and continental scales, the toolbox will include the individual WEFE element models CAPRI (food, agri-environment), LISFLOOD-EPIC and PCR-GLOBWB (water), PRIMES and PROMETHEUS (energy), GLOBIO (environment), and GEM-E3 (macroeconomics), some of them used in EU policies. River basin models will include nested strategic WEFE management models (including behavioral modelling) and hydrological simulation models to expand the analysis of resilience at basin scale, including impacts on ecosystems. Nexus Dialogues will co- design scenarios, models, and solutions for a joint governance of the WEFE nexus. The solutions will be evaluated using the model toolbox through a set of novel nexus indicators and criteria (based on relevant SDGs metrics) to assess trade-offs between water status, and food and energy security. GoNEXUS will be applied at global and EU levels and to six river basins representing different features and WEFE challenges in Europe (Danube, Como, Jucar, Tagus-Segura) and Africa (Zambezi, Senegal). The innovative combination of models and Nexus Dialogues will provide more accurate evaluations of future scenarios, enabling knowledge sharing and brokerage, and improving WEFE nexus management. The project will also contribute to align existing EU WEFE policies, promote the reduction of institutional fragmentation, and strengthen the EU role on water diplomacy.

Duration
48 months from 01/06/2021 to 31/05/2025
Funded by
  • European Commission

Coordinating organization
  • UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA (UPV)

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager
Division

General aims

General objectives

GoNEXUS aims to develop a framework for designing and assessing innovative solutions for an efficient and sustainable coordinated governance of the water-energy-food-ecosystems (WEFE) nexus.

CMCC role

The main role of CMCC is to provide a set of climate scenarios to be used in global to local impact assessments.

Activities

The CMCC activities consists in:

  • preparing climate change scenarios tailored to each case study, from global to river basin/ local scales using global projections from CMIP5 and CMIP6;
  • preparing continental and river-basin scale climate scenarios using downscaled data from CMIP5 and CMIP6 ScenarioMIP simulations;
  • providing expertise on the association between the climate, land use and socioeconomic scenarios and policy scenarios.

Expected results

Report on the global and continental climate and land use scenarios tailored for global and local impact assessments.

Partners:

  1. UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT (UU)
  2. E3-MODELLING AE (E3M)
  3. BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES (BRGM)
  4. ADELPHI RESEARCH GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH (ADELPHI)
  5. ARCTIK SRL (ARCTIK)
  6. FAMIFE CONSULTING KUTATO, TANACSADO ES SZOLGALTATO KFT (FAMIFE)
  7. EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH (ETH Zürich)
  8. POLITECNICO DI MILANO (POLIMI)
  9. Joint Research Centre (JRC) if it signs the ‘Administrative Arrangement’
  10. FRESH-THOUGHTS CONSULTING GMBH (FT)
  11. UNIVERSITE LAVAL (ULAVAL)
  12. CMCC
  13. UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID (UPM)
  14. MINISTERIE VAN INFRASTRUCTUUR EN WATERSTAAT (PBL)
  15. UNIVERSITE CHEIKH ANTA DIOP DE DAKAR (UCAD)

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