LENSES - Learning and action alliances for Nexus environments in an uncertain future

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Period of Implementations

May 1, 2021 - Apr 30, 2024

Total Budget

EUR 2.998.000,00



The general objective of LENSES is to contribute to improved water allocation, enhanced food security while preserving ecosystems and aiding climate change adaptation, by supporting the operationalization of the Nexus paradigm (from Nexus Thinking to Nexus Doing) through a collective learning process, which integrates the concepts of sustainable Nexus management (progressing Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) with a resilience-oriented approach, leading decision-makers in accepting uncertainty as integral part of management and decision-making. LENSES aims at enhancing system understanding, gathering and structuring knowledge to unravel complexity and manage uncertainty in WEF systems, with their dynamic evolution.


LENSES aims to the following specific objectives: SO.1 Identify Nexus Domain Objectives (DO) & Nexus Resilience Qualities (NRC) that facilitate the transition; SO.2 Activate Learning & Action Alliances (LAAs) to drive the Nexus dialogue; SO.3 Develop Participatory System Dynamics Models (PSDM) to support evidence-based policy design SO.4 Co-design scenarios to test WEF Nexus resilience; SO.5 Carry out Ecosystem Services (ESS) assessments to inform multi-objective policies and measures; SO.6 Assess and manage interdependences between Nexus and SDGs; SO.7 Improve Natural Governance and align WEF policies toward Nexus management; SO.8 Build Nexus business cases using environmental and ecological economics; and SO.9 Plan Nature-based Solutions (NBS) measures to co-achieve multiple DOs.

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