29 May 2018 - 30 May 2018
Conference Room “Quartier Belvedere”, 1100 Vienna

II Indus Basin Stakeholder Workshop

IIASA is organizing the II Indus basin stakeholder workshop entitled ‘Developing water, energy, and land nexus scenarios for the Indus Basin’ as part of the ISWEL project

Photo:Getty Images

Photo:Getty Images

From May 29th through May 30th, IIASA will be organizing the stakeholder workshop entitled ‘Developing water, energy, and land nexus scenarios for the Indus Basin’. This workshop is organized in the context of the Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL) project, led the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The meeting will bring together 25-30 experts representing different government organizations, academia, NGOs, donors working on cross-sectoral and transboundary cooperation in the areas of water, energy, and land in the Indus basin. The main goal of this workshop is to co-develop in partnership with stakeholders from the four riparian countries:

- A number of informed basin scenarios for water, energy, and land, taking into account different development and hydro-climate pathways

- Enhanced and shared understanding on the implications of different investments in the
basin and their consequences cascading through the WEL sectors.

This workshop is part of a larger stakeholder process that IIASA in partnership with GEF and UNIDO is implementing to ensure that project tools and outcomes from the ISWEL project contribute to developing capacities and knowledge for water-energy-land nexus management. To this end, a number of workshops have been planned in each basin with the purpose of:

- Identifying country and basin challenges, priorities, and trade-offs in relation to the water-energy-land nexus

- Build a range of stakeholder informed scenarios of water-energy-land futures to gain the understanding of the consequences of different decisions and what opportunities exist to maximize sectorial and transboundary co-benefits

- Support the development of local capacities in nexus research and management

- Cooperate with other organizations and institutions pursuing the implementation of a nexus agenda.

This will be the second out of the three planned workshops with stakeholders from the Indus Basin for this phase of the project. Participation is only through invitation. Please contact the organizers for further details.


The goal of the ISWEL project is to assess cost-effective solutions to meet future water, energy and lands demands under a number of different socioeconomic and hydro-climatic pathways. While ISWEL takes a global approach, it also zooms into two transboundary basins facing important development and environmental challenges: Indus and the Zambezi. To accomplish its main goal, a next-generation of tools is now in development and are being linked together into a systems analysis framework, which will be suitable to model and quantify synergies and trade-offs for meeting water, energy and land demands across scales. However, to ensure that project tools and outcomes contribute to developing capacities and knowledge for nexus management, significant efforts are being allocated to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly within the basins.

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Last edited: 21 May 2018


Barbara Willaarts

Research Scholar

IIASA Sustainability Nexus Research Cluster


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