Projects - Food, Energy, Water (FEW) Security

In complex socio-ecological systems, the nexus of Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Security is essential to creating resilient communities and countries, and a resilient world in the face of an increasingly challenging global problems. FEW security is essential for sustainable development, as all being able to access all three resources (food, energy, water) is crucial for human well-being. Further, making sure these resources are diverse, resilient, and adaptable is vital for security concerns as the world becomes increasingly volatile due to climate change, global political tensions, conflicts, and declining biodiversity.
IEDS is engaged in FEW security research including organizing a side-panel event at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland on “Implementing Food-Energy-Water Security Early Warning Systems for Adaption to Climate Change,” and “Resilience and Control in Coupled Food Energy and Water Systems” (Dr. Asim Zia, PI).

We believe the best way to enact water diplomacy is through convening diverse stakeholders and establishing mutual trust and cooperation framed by the thing we all care about: water. Other avenues of water diplomacy include grassroots citizen-science based water monitoring to obtain a trusted data source and empower local communities to take charge in the stewardship of this essential resource.

In order to tackle the pressing issue of ensuring equitable and plentiful access of clean water to all communities across the world, we decided to form TWIN, or Transboundary Water In-cooperation Network, a network of networks whose mission is to “strengthen and mobilize existing organizational networks that work locally, nationally and globally towards ‘equitable and reasonable’ sharing water resources across borders.” To learn more about TWIN’s vision, see our partners, or join the network, please visit the TWIN website here.

The Arctic Study project will examine the emerging dynamic in the Arctic among environmental, energy, and national security interests.  The Arctic region encompasses fragile and shifting...

This project is is the pioneering idea of IEDS Fellow, Dr. Anna Grichting, a landscape architect and environmental planner based in Geneva, Switzerland. The spark for this project came during the...

Transboundary Water In-Cooperation Network (TWIN) is a network of grassroots organizations, academic & scientific institutions, and individuals sharing a vision of Our mission is to strengthen...