Sustainable Development: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

RWTH Aachen University Introductory

Target Audience



This course focuses on sustainable development and global changes – vital issues for humanity. There is specific attention paid to the challenges in developed and developing countries and their transition from unsustainable to sustainable practices.

The course is an introduction to sustainable development and its relation to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. This connection between three critical resources offers a conceptual tool for achieving sustainable development. It has become increasingly important to understand the interdependencies and interrelationships between the three resources. Finding new approaches to manage the nexus could contribute significantly to achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Learning Objectives

Topics of this course include:
– Finding new ways to face water challenges and opportunities
– Renewable energies
– Energy efficiency
– Sustainable agriculture
-Climate change
– Rethinking established ways of resources management
– Types of virtual water
– The interrelationship between local and global challenges and economic as well as population growth
– The role of technology in the WEF nexus as well as managing the nexus at local, regional, and global levels.