Throughout the world, humanity is putting unsustainable pressure on natural resources and this manifests itself in new challenges and opportunities for developing countries. Water, energy and land are intimately connected. For example, producing more food needs more water and more energy, as well as more land, and developing countries are a frequent target for investment in land for agricultural production. Trying to tackle climate change by producing bio-fuels adds to pressure on land and water. None of us can escape the consequences of the impending resource crisis.
At a meeting on 6 April 2011 in Brussels around 80 eminent academics and high-level policy makers from Europe and the South met to discuss this and what the guiding principles for the European Report on Development (ERD) 2012 should be. The following overarching question discussed at the meeting was:
What does the evidence tell us about the appropriate roles of the public and private sector, and their interactions, in managing natural resources for inclusive and sustainable growth in the context of increased scarcity and climate change?
To put this question into a sharper focus, ERD 2012 will be divided into three main parts:
- Context, concepts and frameworks: with attention on the land-water-energy nexus, including such issues as resource-efficient production, water access for productive uses, threats to food security, land acquisitions, and bio-fuels.
- Case studies: to illustrate resource scarcity, the major transitions outlined under the land-water-energy nexus, as well as the move towards a global low-carbon world by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.
- Policy implications: pulling together evidence and trends from the case studies that outline best practices and roles for the private sector and options for public-sector engagement, from concrete regulations/subsidies/taxes and punitive steps, to cooperative initiatives including public-private partnerships leading to better natural resource management.
Sustainable Development Goals: From 'silo thinking' towards an integrated approach. Insights from the European Report on Development
The Rio+20 Conference is leading a new agenda around Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), combining economic, social and environmental targets. Poor countries and the poorest people within them need growth and access to natural resources for human development...
European Report on Development 2011/2012 - Confronting scarcity: managing water, energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth
Structuring options for a green economy – what does the ERD say about the ingredients, recipes, and cooks?
This roundtable is co-convened by the German Government and the Government of Oman. Participants will discuss how the nexus perspective can be incorporated in local, national and international planning activities and decision making with a focus on water, food...
The European Report on Development team was invited to present the draft European Report on Development 2011/2012 at the Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference on 18 November 2011.
ODI, DIE and ECDPM held 2 panels at the DSA/EADI conference as part of their preparation of the European Report on Development 2011/2012.
Natural resource management of the water-energy-land nexus with a focus on the private sector role - European Report on Development 2011-2012 consultation
This fourth ERD consultation, organised in partnership with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), took place...
Effective natural resource management for inclusive and sustainable growth in the context of increased scarcity and climate change: What roles for the public and private sectors? - European Report on Development 2011-2012 consultation
The main purpose of this consultation event in Bonn was to inform the analysis and writing process of the European Report on Development 2011-2012, particularly chapters 6 (Water) and 7 (Energy). Various academic authors have been commissioned to write...
Effective natural resource management for inclusive and sustainable growth the role of the public and private sector
Governance of natural resources with a focus on land - European Report on Development 2011-2012 consultation
This consultation event looked into the governance of natural resources, and more specifically at the area of investments in land for production and growth and issues arising from the access, management and conservation of land. In addition, both issues were...
Mobilising European Research for Development Policies - Research Workshop on the third European Report on Development on "Effective natural resource management for inclusive and sustainable growth".