SIM4NEXUS, policy implementation aware of nexus connections

Policy coherence in the nexus between water, land, energy, food and climate is essential to reach climate and sustainability goals. SIM4NEXUS models the interactions in this nexus at different scales and gathers bottom up information on success factors and barriers related to policy coherence during the planning and implementation of policies. Results from cases at global, European and regional scales will be presented and discussed in a workshop with policy makers and stakeholders.

Water, land, food, energy and climate are interconnected, comprising a coherent system, the Nexus, dominated by complexity and feedback. Putting pressure on or solving problems in one part of the Nexus may create pressures in one or more of the others. Management of this nexus is critical to securing the efficient use of our scarce resources. The Horizon 2020 project SIM4NEXUS assesses long-term impacts of resource use and policies in the Nexus in twelve cases at global, European, national, regional and transboundary scales. This is done by modelling and policy analyses. Policy coherence and success factors for policy making and implementation are investigated. Bottom up information is gathered on success factors and barriers related to policy coherence during the planning and implementation of policies. For each case, a serious game is developed that will show synergies and conflicts between policies for the nexus sectors. These games can be a tool to develop coherent policies and create understanding and cooperation between partners connected to different interests and sectors. The global and European cases will be presented and discussed in a workshop with policy makers and stakeholders. Participants can give feedback to the chosen policy scenarios and interventions for the modelling and serious games. Also, they can discuss the conclusions and recommendations based on the policy analyses of all twelve cases. Success in nexus policy-making has many dimensions and is multi scale. It concerns the whole policy cycle, including legislation and implementation. Policy incoherence at EU or national level may prohibit implementation at regional and local level. The national, regional and transboundary cases provided examples from implementation practice.

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Links:

www.sim4nexus.eu

www.twitter.com/SIM4NEXUS

Documents:

Flyer

Invitation

Agenda

Organisation/acronym:

SIM4NEXUS/ Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency PBL

Organisation type:

Horizon2020 project / Governmental Research Institute,

Location:

Brussels, Belgium

Event type:

Workshop,

Date:

16/05/2019 - 16/05/2019

Themes:

Circular economy, Energy and climate, Governance, Nature and Biodiversity, Water, Implementation of legislation, Land and soil, Agriculture and food,

Target audience:

NGOs, EU policy makers and stakeholders,

Contact details:

Maria Witmer
Email: Maria.Witmer@pbl.nl