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FUSE: Belmont Forum Collaborative Research: Food-water-energy for Urban Sustainable Environments

Summary

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Innovative policies and governance forms are needed to address competition for scarce resources in stressed urban food-water-energy (FWE) systems. The FUSE consortium, supported by the Belmont Forum and other sponsors, adopts an innovative two-stage Living Lab approach in which stakeholders:

  1. produce solutions for future urban-FWEs challenges
  2. engage in participatory model building, and
  3. examine the merits of proposed solutions.

Detailed system models will quantify connections and feedbacks among users, producers, distribution mechanisms, and resources. The FUSE approach will be applied to Amman, Jordan and Pune, India: growing metropolitan regions each containing approximately five million people, intermittent freshwater supplies, and significant competition with agriculture for water and energy.

See FUSE overview project poster (PDF)

FUSE 2020 project overview (video on youtube)

What's New

2022

  • 2022 Schedule for FUSE Team Virtual Conference Calls:
    • Upcoming:  June 7
    • In 2022 we will have meetings May 9, June 7, July 11
  • Previous 2022  meetings: January 10, February 7, March 7, April 4

2021

  • 2021 meetings: January 4, Feburary 4, March 1, April 7, May 3, June 7,  July 7-10 meeting at IIASA, August 3, September 6, October 4, November 8,  December 6

2020

  • 2020 meetings: April 6, May 4, June 8, July 6, August  3,  September  7, October 4,  November 8,  December 6
  • January 20-30, 2020 - Surveys and Data Collection in Pune
  • Update of Pune Activities 2020 document 
  • March 16-17, 2020 - All Hands Virtual FUSE Team meeting
  • March 20, 2020 - ÖFSE holds Online Workshop on Informal Settlements - use of new information technologies 
  • Update of Jordan Activities 2020 document

2019

  • 19-22 February 2019, Pune: Living Lab - 1st Workshop Set, Pune
  • 24-27 March 2019, Amman:  Living Labs- 1st Workshop Set, Amman
  • 11-14 June 2019, Leipzig: FUSE 1st year All Hands FUSE Team meeting
  • August 2019 Publication: “Documentation of Stakeholder and Expert Workshops in Pune
  • September 2019 Publication: “Documentation of Stakeholder and Expert Workshops in Amman

2018

  • December 16-18, 2019 - Modeling Group Meeting, Stanford University, USA
  • 11-12 June 2018, London: SUGI Projects Kick Off Meeting
  • 14-15 June 2018, Vienna: FUSE Kick Off Meeting
  • 10-11 September 2018, Leipzig: ÖFSE-UFZ WP2/WP3 Component Meeting

Highlights

Exploring the Sustainability of the Indian Sugar Industry

Sugarcane

Researchers analyzed the interconnected food, water and energy challenges that arise from the sugar industry in India – the second-largest producer of sugar worldwide – and how the political economy drives those challenges.  Read the full article