Applications

The Nexus Game offers a unique opportunity to explore the challenges of water management for energy and food production. Participants are put into the roles of key ministries of two countries sharing the same river. From this perspective, they may brainstorm and collaborate to creatively form and verify a number of policies. As they try to meet the growing water demands, they still have to remember about ecological and economical balance within and across the borders. The simulation is foremost targeted at water, energy, and agriculture sector professionals: ministries, power plants, capacity building institutions, etc. It is designed to be used within capacity development programs, both as a training tool and a policy exercise.

Dresden Nexus Conference
Emerging Researchers Programme – Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC)
Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology
Lahore University of Management Sciences
African Development Bank
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
3rd Indus Basin Knowledge Forum
Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land in Zimbabwe
Centre for Systems Solutions
9th GEF Biennial International Waters Conference

The game met with an enthusiastic reception from players in many countries around the world, including:

Ivory Coast (African Development Bank), 
Republic of South Africa (Southern African Systems Analysis Centre), 
Egypt (Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology),
Pakistan (Lahore University of Management Sciences) 
and Morocco (9th GEF Biennial International Waters Conference).

Benefits

1. Learn how to balance increasing water demand and solve water-supply conflicts between different sectors and countries

Learn

how to balance increasing water demand and solve water-supply conflicts between different sectors and countries

3. Experience challenges connected with transitions in complex systems where multiple stakeholders' interests collide

Experience

challenges connected with transitions in complex systems where multiple stakeholders’ interests collide

2. Discover and exploit the potential of innovative technologies for increasing energy and water use efficiency

Discover

and exploit the potential of innovative technologies for increasing energy and water use efficiency

4. Practice collaboration among various organizations and groups of interest whose individual and collective goals differ

Practice

collaboration among various organizations and groups of interest whose individual and collective goals differ

News and Articles

What participants say

Technical details

time

3-4 hours


players

8-12 players

setting

3 tables

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    The game was developed by the Centre for Systems Solutions in collaboration with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

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