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Policy Panel in Brussels / Belgium, June 18, 2014

On 18 June, 2014, the EU-Asia Dialogue held a panel discussion on “The Water-Energy-Food Nexus –Addressing the Resource Challenge in Europe and Asia” in Brussels / Belgium. The five panelists were Raimund Bleischwitz, University College London, UK, Aditi Mukherji, ICIMOD, Nepal, Handewi Purwati Saliem, Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socio-Economic and Policy Studies, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia, Christine Mueller, DG Clima, Belgium, and Lies Craeynest, OXFAM, Belgium. The discussion was chaired by Annika Ahtonen, European Policy Centre, Belgium, and attended by 41 participants.

There is a need to understand the nexus between resources in light of a mounting global demand aggravated by the effects of climate change, which poses common challenges both to Europe and Asia. While the world continues to struggle in ensuring access to safe drinking water for all, further pressures are created by the energy sector and agriculture, which both require large quantities of water. Water security, energy security and food security are interdependent challenges that cannot be solved in isolation. This event explored how well these interlinkages are recognized and addressed in public policies, and how could Europe and Asia cooperate more to increase food security, while managing the global water and energy challenges.

Click here for the conference report!