The 2nd International Symposium on Food-Energy-Water Security Challenge: A Multi-dimensional Perspective (FEWS2014) Centara Hotel and Convention Centre  Khon Kaen, Thailand  

In recognition of the global significance of the energy-food-water security challenge facing humanity, a project was initiated on this topic, in 2013, under the auspices of the Centre for Energy Policy (CEP) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). The main objective of this project is to develop (for major regions/cultures) a multi-dimensional perspective on energy-food-water security challenge that is informed by context-dependency and interconnectedness of security constructs, and to demonstrate how such a perspective will enhance our capacity to redress the security challenge.

In view of the plurality, inter-connectedness, and dynamism of the contexts that underlie energy-food-water security issues, this project focuses on major world regions (and select countries in each region) and cultures, particularly, ASEAN (Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines), Asia (China, India, Japan, Korea), Australia, Europe (Germany, Sweden), Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam), Latin America (Brazil), the Middle East (Saudi Arabia), Pacific Islands (Fiji, PNG, Vanuatu, Samoa, Solomon), South Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

This project is of a three-to-four year duration, supported by a range of activities including three international symposia and an international conference. The first symposium for this project was held at UTS from 16 to 18 July 2013. The symposium was attended by representatives from several academic, public, private, non-governmental, and multilateral institutions. A steering committee was constituted to oversee the implementation of this project. The initial core members of this committee include: FAO (Thailand), Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany), KTH (Sweden), Khon Kaen University (Thailand), Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia), International Atomic Energy Agency (United Nations), ETH Zurich, TERI University (India), and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). UTS assumed the responsibility for providing the overall co-ordination for this project.

 

The first symposium focused on establishing the conceptual and operational parameters for this project. There was a broad consensus among the symposium participants that energy-food-water security challenge is indeed substantive and, if left unaddressed, could imperil human prosperity. Such an address, it was agreed, would require the development of an insightful perspective on the nature of the security challenge. This, it was argued, is likely to be a difficult task due to the multidimensionality of the security construct; the nexus between energy, food, and water securities; and the sector-specific foci of the current public policy approaches to redress the challenge.

The second international symposium will be hosted by Khon Kaen University (Thailand). It will be held from the 8th to the 10th of December 2014, in Khon Kaen.  This symposium will focus on the progress made during the past year on the regional projects that were commenced after the first symposium.  The symposium will provide participants with opportunities to share their findings to date, and to provide an indication of progress made against the project’s objectives.  Common themes and issues pertaining to the water-energy-food security that have emerged will be identified, together with any insights obtained on the drivers and barriers to achieving such security in the light of the sectoral nexus.  Contextual influences resulting in differing characteristics of the water-energy-food nexus in various regions/countries will be explored to allow multi-lateral approaches to be developed to redress the nexus issues.  Any issues resulting from the multidisciplinary nature of this research will be considered with a view to developing frameworks and foundations for this, and any future, multidisciplinary projects.

The symposium will also discuss a common approach to documenting and reporting of future work by the participants, and the mechanisms of disseminating the outputs of the project. Of particular importance is to ensure that the project outputs are delivered in a manner that guides, supports and informs the policy makers in this area.

The symposium will consider any re-alignment of current project effort with the project objectives that may be needed, and corresponding timelines for future work will be developed, and agreed to, between the participants.  Broad agreement regarding what would need to be addressed in the third symposium (in 2015) will also be sought.



The Second International Symposium will be a three days event, preceded by a full day of sessions and a round table discussion of core and associate consortium members. In the following three days, the program will include keynote addresses, reviewed full papers presentation sessions around the main themes:

1. Energy, food and water security
2. Policies on energy, food and water
3. Management of energy, food and water
4. Solutions to energy, food and water problems



Important Dates:


 

Important Dates:

Invited participant/Member of Consortium

General Participants/Postgraduate Students

Symposium announcement

5-Oct-2014

5-Oct-2014

Registration

5-Oct-2014

5-Oct-2014

Call for abstract

5-Oct-2014

5-Oct-2014

Full paper submission deadline

10-Nov-2014

10-Nov-2014

Notification to authors

 15-Nov-2014

15-Nov-2014

Submit Final manuscript

20-Nov-2014

20-Nov-2014

Final program

25-Nov-2014

25-Nov-2014

Conference date

8-10 Dec-2014 

8-10 Dec-2014 

 

Further Information: Further information is available on the website at http://fews2014.kku.ac.th or by emailing the symposium organizers


Contact Info: Associate Professor Dr. Lampang Manmart
Secretary of the symposium Khon Kaen University Tel. +66-81-670-1416, +66-81-391-4411
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