Core Group at the Sustainable Water Future Programme titled „The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): From modelling SDG indicators to synergies and trade-offs in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”
The 17 SDGs include 169 targets whose rate of achievement is to be monitored by indicators. Monitoring the target achievement poses a major challenge due to a lack of data, insufficient definitions and unforeseen trade-offs between sectors. The group aims at exploring how global hydrology, vegetation, land surface, land use and agent-based models can help monitor and project progress towards targets defined by the SDGs. Additionally, we will describe how uncertainty is perceived by stakeholders and policy makers, how trust in models influences implementation and how researchers can best communicate and disseminate their methodologies, results and broader impacts to policy-relevant stakeholders.
Agenda and Outputs
- 2 workshops
- positioning paper
- research project proposal
- recommendations for action
Overview of the group
The group members cover a broad spectrum of competences (from hydrologic modelling to climate sciences, economics, governance, decision science, psychology). They share an active involvement in sustainability science, transdisciplinary contributions to novel approaches and high-level publications in the field. The past and ongoing activities of the members include vegetation and hydrology modelling, perception of uncertainty, integrated assessment, and participatory institutional analysis of the WEF nexus at different scales ranging from local to global. The team is composed of distinguished senior researchers, but also young researchers who are active in publication. Although many members of our group have collaborated on previous work, our group has been established ad hoc for the specific purposes of this Core Group for the Sustainable Water Future Programme. The transdisciplinary character of the group is well grounded in disciplinary competences that were selected with the specific aim of supporting the transformation to water sustainability at the interface between science and policy making.