Bassel Daher, Ph.D.

Examining Lebanon’s Resilience Through a Water-Energy-Food Nexus Lens

Lebanon faces a mix of underlying political and economic challenges, shocks, and triggering events that threaten the sustainability and resilience of its interconnected resource systems. The complex nature of these pressures begs for a systems approach to better understand the existing interconnections and to support the co-creation of cross-sectoral solutions to address them. This article […]

Toward Resilient Water-Energy-Food Systems under Shocks: Understanding the Impact of Migration, Pandemics, and Natural Disasters

The historic pandemic faced by the international community today boldly demonstrates the complexity and interconnectedness of the resource challenges we must better understand and address in the future. Further complexity is observed when accounting for the impact of compounded shocks related to natural disasters and forced migration around the world. Effectively addressing these challenges requires […]

Evaluating the Potential of a Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach toward the Sustainable Development of Bangladesh

In pursuit of continuous economic development, Bangladesh has undertaken long-term plans to boost its productivity in the agriculture, energy, and industrial sectors and to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unless these strong interconnections and cross sectoral impacts are recognized, achievement of the future policy goals and national priorities of the concerned […]


Youth make up a large portion of the world’s population, as well as the UfM member states population. Nearly 15.5% of the world’s population is between the ages of 15-24.4 Within the UfM member states, a similar population average of 12.8% of the total population are between the age range of 15-24.5 If we consider […]

Agriculture in a Water Scarce World

According to the McKinsey report (2009), the world is facing a water scarcity challenge agriculture is its predominant consumer. It accounts for approximately 3100 billion percent of global water withdrawals today and is expected to increase 2030. This increase is due to a number of factors: growing population and the ever necessity to cater for […]

MENA Policy Brief Series // The WEF Nexus in the Arab Region

The WEF Nexus in the Arab Region Series is published by the League of Arab States (LAS), with technical and financial support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The series comprises 6 policy briefs with different focus areas on the implementation of the WEF Nexus in the MENA region. All policy briefs are […]

Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Bridging Science and Policy Making

Water, energy, and food security underpin nations’ well-being, and global sustainability. Awareness of the tight interconnections between these three resource systems is not new. Nevertheless, a combination of intensifying demands on resources, increasing uncertainty of external pressures, and resource scarcity have intensified the interlinkages and amplified the cost of inaction and mismanagement. Policy decisions made […]

Multi-stakeholder Dialogue: Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus and Implementing the SDGs

Building on the strong policy messages and momentum established through a growing coalition of global partners at the Stockholm World Water Week (2016) and the XVI World Water Congress in Cancun (2017), the World Water Forum in Brasilia (2018) hosted a High Level Panel (HLP) linked to the theme of Development (Water for Sustainable Development), […]