By 2050, global demand for energy will nearly double while water and food demand is projected to increase by 50-60% along with the growth of the population, industrialization, modernization and the growth of various sectors that support our modern civilization. To provide the world with sufficient amount of energy, water and food today and for future generation presents a tremendous challenge. The limited amount of natural resources and the competing use between sectors are worsened by the severe effect of global climate change. The environment is degraded due to deforestation and land-use for agriculture leading to water scarcity, suggesting a trade-off between the need to increase crops/food production and the need of fresh water and desirable environment, ironically both are essential for humans’ well-being. Thus, a more integrated and multi-dimensional approach as well as a coordinated management to address the complex and interrelated nature of the resources system are needed, to bridge the gap between natural environment and human activities and to synergize and balance the use of limited resources to meet the user’s need of water, energy and food sustainably.
The objectives of this conference are:
- 1. To provide a platform for researchers, governments and professionals working on energy system, agriculture system (including livestock production and fisheries), food system, forestry, environment, global climate, natural resources and other related-fields to achieve the energy, food and natural resources security and sustainability.
- 2. To construct a more integrated approach between sectors in solving the complex problem of energy, food, water security and sustainability by taking in to account the limited natural resources and the preservation of the desirable environment.
- 3. To set-up collaboration between countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as with other countries in the world in addressing the global issue.