Climate change, population growth and resource shortages will increasingly endanger the basic human needs: adequate food, safe and sufficient fresh water, and affordable and clean energy. Understanding the interlinkages between food, energy and water (FEW) resources and their infrastructures will become extremely important in order to effectively manage the supply of the FEW nexus resources especially in growing urban areas. Currently, often different authorities are responsible for the different sectors, e.g., agriculture, energy, or water. The process of decision-making in the urban FEW nexus is thus highly fragmented and complex.
Furthermore, especially in industrialized economies, the resource infrastructure is directly linked to a network of further infrastructures (e.g., information and communication infrastructures). Given this complexity and the diverse challenges, the focus in this session will be set on the dynamics of the decision-making landscapes involved in the urban FEW nexus including questions of governance and institutions, as well as the integrated assessment of the food-energy-water nexus both with respect to the natural resources and the socio-economic systems.
Dr. Mr. Holger Schlör, PhD, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Dr. Ms. Sandra Venghaus, PhD, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Mr. Jürgen-Friedrich Hake, Professor, Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Ms. Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Professor, Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University Osnabrück, Germany
Mr. Michael Quante, Professor, University Münster, Germany