In the world of virtual meetings, a stand out for GWI was the coming together of 18 Chapter authors from across the all corners of the Pacific and beyond for an author workshop on 12 June for the Springer Nature book ‘Securing Water, Energy and Food in the Pacific’. Through Dr. Andrew Dansie, UNSW-GWI is serving as the lead editor for the book that is part of the Springer Series ‘Water in a New World’. This volume is being prepared to address the Water, Energy, Food Nexus in the Pacific with contributions from across the region.
Co-edited by UNESCO Bangkok, the book provides a detailed Pacific-focused application of the of the Water, Energy and Food Nexus to addressing sustainable management of water resources, meeting growing energy needs, and ensuring resilient and diverse sources of food and nutrition. The Pacific is a part of the world facing some of the most pressing climate change challenges but also showing world leadership in how these challenges can be addressed. The book ties progress towards achievement of the United Nations SDGs being integrally linked to securing the water-energy-food nexus throughout the region.
The Pacific region is also referred to Oceania and this perfectly captures the essence of the region and the uniqueness of the challenges for integrating water, energy and food systems. It is comprised of island nations, ranging from the continent-sized Australia to atoll nation such as Kiribati, with 40 million people calling this part of the world home. The cultural backgrounds of these sub-regions are distinct yet geographically they all face the same regional challenges and opportunities for the provision of secure water, energy and food resources in this ocean-dominated portion of the globe. The open access book will be published by Springer Nature in June 2021.
In order of population, the countries featured in the book under 'Pacific' are: Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Timor Leste, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Samoa, Gaum, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Palau, Cook Islands, Wallis and Futuna, Tuvalu, Nauru, Norfolk Island, Niue and Tokelau.