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ZALF participates in SUNEX Stakeholder Dialogue Event in Doha, Qatar

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The international research project SUNEX, funded by Belmont Forum and Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe, aims at formulating sustainable urban FWE Nexus strategies by optimizing the synergies between food, water and energy systems. The applicability will be tested in the four cities Berlin, Bristol, Doha and Vienna.

On April 09, 2019 a stakeholder dialog event took place in Doha, the capital of Qatar. It was open to the public, attended by many high level officials from research, economy and ministries. The event served to outline the goals of progress of the SUNEX project and to discuss with the various stakeholders from the city of Doha, Qatar which needs and research gaps exist that could be included by SUNEX in the analysis. ZALF (Dr. Annette Piorr, Alexandra Doernberg) and other project partners presented the project approach, results from the case study cities and conceptual reflections on the governance of the Food-Water-Energy-Nexus. Dr. Annette Piorr also participated in the panel discussion. The entire dialogue was driven by the need of optimization of the FWE nexus, namely changes in the consumption patterns of the segments of the nexus. Some important points are reducing the food and water waste and movement towards renewable energies and the necessity to decrease the dependency on petroleum and natural gas. Also the awareness on environmental and sustainability topics should be increased to the general public, especially through children and young people education.The following three day project meeting focused on the development of modelling approaches for the FEW nexus and on stakeholder driven strategies and scenarios for linking the three systems. A field trip gave insights into Qatar greenhouse based food production.


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