The workshop is open to up to 60 participants from academia, national governments, international organisations, civil society and the private sector working on the Water-Energy Food Nexus and / or Earth observations data. 

Presentations will include a mix of invited and unsolicited papers. Invited papers will be given primarily by ESA investigators, FAO scientists and experts and GWSP scientists. 

Unfortunately, the workshop is now oversubscribed and there is no longer space available for new registrants.

Goals of the workshop:

    1. To identify specific examples of where Earth Observations (EO) can add to Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus assessments and to inform EO users on how to address issues related to water, energy and food security
    2. To review the information needs of resource-managers and policy-makers dealing with WEF issues
    3. To assess gaps in monitoring information and services that could be addressed by satellite and in-situ data products
    4. To develop a synthesis report on the state of EO applications to WEF issues, based on the outcomes of the workshop

    The results will be directed at the sponsoring agencies and the May 2014 UNEP-GWSP conference, and will include recommendations for expanding the support from the Earth Observations community for the WEF nexus.

    Workshop Themes

    • The contribution of Earth Observations (EO) to the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus

    • Global and regional dimensions of the WEF Nexus: what data is needed?

    • ESA/FAO/GWSP projects relating to energy and food, water and food, and water and energy

    • ESA/FAO/GWSP projects relating to all three dimensions of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

    • How can EO help support decision-making processes and improve governance in regard to the WEF Nexus?

    • The role of terrestrial processes and ecosystem services in the WEF Nexus

      The draft Workshop Programme can be downloaded here.


      The draft programme can be downloaded here.

      Venue and Logistics

      The workshop will take place at the

      Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO),
      Viale delle Terme di Caracalla,
      00153 Rome, Italy

      From Airport Fiumicino/ Termini to FAO

      Take the train from Fiumicino airport to Termini station (the main train and subway station). From Termini station you will take Metro Line B (direction Laurentina) three stops to Circo Massimo. The entrance to FAO is in front of you as you go up the steps from the subway station. Subway tickets can be purchased at a "Tabaccheria" at the Airport and Termini Station and from the automatic machines at the subway station (which is signposted and directly under Termini Station). Tickets cost 1.50 Euro (these tickets are also valid on buses for a total duration of 70 minutes). For additional information about the Rome public transport system: (site is in Italian).

      Hotels near FAO can be found here.