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"SURENEXUS" European Project on the Management of the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus in the Mediterranean Region


The Unesco Chair on Sustainability at the UPC Campus ESEIAAT Terrassa, coordinates the European project SureNexus, which seeks to ensure a fair transition of the water-energy-food nexus for adaptation to climate change and sustainable development based on assembled systems of nature and bioeconomy .


The SureNexus project, made up of 15 partners from 7 Mediterranean countries (Spain, Greece, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt), has been selected by the scientific evaluation committee and financed under the call of the PRIMA Foundation, "Use of knowledge on the management of the water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus in the Mediterranean region: from concepts to practical solutions.


SureNexus will support informed and evidence-based decision-making for a just transition towards climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as sustainable development that enhances the implementation of the NEXUS Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) approach. SureNexus will extend and disseminate it in the different key sectors on a local/regional scale.


The main objectives of the SureNexus project are:


  • Produce healthy and sufficient food

  • Reduce the use of natural resources

  • Implement regenerative agriculture practices

  • Record a minimal impact on the environment


The project will consist of small-scale demonstration sites for promising innovative transformational solutions, and will evaluate their productivity and value to the local community, driving technology adoption and mindset change. Integrated tools will be tested in four innovative laboratories in Spain, Greece, Morocco and Israel, as well as engaging the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computational Modeling in SureNexus to establish a transdisciplinary validation and verification methodology.




The UPC's participation is distributed through the researcher Jordi Morató Farreras, director of the UNESCO Chair of Sustainability at the UPC and coordinator responsible for the SureNexus project; the researcher Pau Fonseca, from the Statistics and Operations Research Department and co-founder of Polyedra.Tech, supported in the development of the AI model to be implemented; Javier Álvarez del Castillo, from the Mechanical Engineering department, and the technicians: Olga Lucia Sánchez Santander, Luis David Díaz Pérez, and Brent Villanueva Escobedo.


The rest of the partners are: IRTA Catalonia, CREDA UPC, Catalan Cork Institute (ICSURO), National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Tinos Eco Lodge (ELT), AGENSO, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL), REM Tec, Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM), Planet, Technical Center of Plasturgie and Caoutchouc (CTPC), National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA-Morocco), Société Agricole Innovante dans le Sud (Innovagrisud), Participatory Development Solutions (El Mahrousa PDS).



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