News on KTH-dES research on CLEWs, March 2020


                             March 2020

5th workshop in modelling CLEW systems  in Nicaragua

Capacity building in modelling CLEWs systems continues in Nicaragua. From 10 - 13 December 2019, another workshop was conducted with the participation of government officials from several institutions: Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (MHCP), INETER, Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (MIFIC), Central Bank of Nicaragua (BCN), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA), Ministry of Agriculture (MAG), National Forestry Institute (INAFOR), and the Secretariat of the Presidency of Nicaragua (SEPRES). This workshop was dedicated to explore the updates in the CLEWs model of Nicaragua, to work on data updates, discuss assumptions and to identify further improvement opportunities. The aim is to use the CLEWs model, developed in OSeMOSYS, to investigate sustainable pathways for the development of the livestock sector in combination with reforestation policies. The workshop was organised by UNDESA and the Ministry of Finance (MHCP). The workshop was conducted by Thomas Alfstad, from the Divison of Economic Analysis and Policy of UNDESA, and Eunice Ramos, from KTH - division of Energy Systems, with support from Abhishek Shivakumar (UNDESA).

Second FAO Nexus dialogue in Morocco

The second nexus workshop of the FAO-SIDA project was held in Agadir, Morocco, between 4-5th March 2020. More than 30 experts from the agriculture, water, energy and environment sectors participated in the two-days workshop. The event aimed at sharing the preliminary results and outcomes of the ongoing analytical research, co-developed between KTH and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Furthermore, it investigates possible nexus solutions and supporting measures related to three thematic areas: water scarcity, agricultural intensification, and sustainable energy for agriculture. PhD Candidate Youssef Almulla, from KTH-dESA, together with the researchers from Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), presented the modelling effort and the preliminary results. A number of meetings with key stakeholders to ensure close stakeholders involvement followed the workshop. In addition, the team conducted a field visit to get onsite inputs from farmers. The FAO-SIDA project aims at “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for water efficiency/productivity and water sustainability in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) countries”. To achieve that, the modelling methodology is based on integrating two modelling frameworks namely: The Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP) model (by SEI) and a GIS-based energy model (by KTH).

World Water Day 2020: “If climate change is the shark, then water is its teeth”

This year’s World Water Day was dedicated to the intrinsic link between water and climate change. The Nature Sustainability Community was asked to contribute to the discussion by prompting its readers to submit their reflections on the topic in the form of a blog post. KTH researchers Vignesh Sridharan, Eunice Ramos, and Abhishek Shivakumar used findings, from ongoing and completed CLEWs projects at KTH, to illustrate the interdependencies between climate systems and the water cycle. The post highlights the need for planning processes to effectively integrated these interrelations in the design of policies and strategies. The history of the world water day dates back to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. Since then, 22 March is commemorated as the World Day for Water.
The blog post can be accessed here.
(Photo credits: Victoria Falls of the Zambezi River. By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0)

SIM4NEXUS project consortium meets online for last project meeting

With the SIM4NEXUS project approaching its last months, the consortium met for its last project meeting on 25 and 26 of March. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the meeting, which was initially planned to take place in Vienna, was carried out via teleconference. Around 50 participants from the 25 partner institutions connected online. As customary, an overview of the work developed in each work packaged was presented with emphasis on the ongoing tasks and coming deliverables. Partners also had the opportunity to explore and learn more about the current versions of the Serious Games and discuss policy recommendations. One day of meetings was held with Work Packages leads and co-leads and the External Advisory Board, on March 27. Read more about the project and play the Serious Game on the website: Prof. Viktoria Martin, Eunice Ramos, Agnese Beltramo and Hauke Henke represented KTH - division of Energy Systems in the project meeting.
(Photo credits: Dimitris Kofinas, UTH)
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