There is an increasing evidence that achieving the sustainable developments goals requires integrated strategies to minimize trade-offs and maximize the co-benefits.
Advancing along the implementation of integrated approaches requires innovative tools that can:
- Address inherent risks and uncertainties,
- Bridge scales, and
- Integrate multiple objectives and priorities.
But effective approaches also require active engagement with decision makers to ensure the tools and capacities developed are able of providing answers to the most critical questions.
ISWEL seeks to develop open source tools to help planners and decision makers to identify solutions and transformation pathways to jointly meet water, energy and land related development goals.
Building capacities around the use of these tools is a core objective of the project, and efforts are centered in providing training to basin researchers and stakeholders in the use of these tools to support ownership and adoption.
This dual track approach contributes to building an enabling environment that can facilitate better management of the water, food, and energy sectors, and unlock the sustainable development agenda within regions and basins.
ISWEL is based on the principle that tools need to fit-for-purpose, to enable decision makers to make strategic choices to meet the sustainability agenda.
To this end, the project team has engaged with key stakeholders at basin, country and sub-national level through a number of workshops and meetings in the riparian countries and international Fora. These engagements have been critical to:
- Identify the most pressing nexus challenges and potential solutions,
- Shape the modeling tools in ways that these are able to identify suitable transformation pathways, and
- Support the development of local capacities around nexus management and research.