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Bonn 2011 Conference, The water, energy and food security nexus TOWARDS Rio+20 and Beyond Bonn, 18 November 2011
December 6, 2011

There is a common understanding in harmonizing strategies that focuses on one part of Water, food, energy nexus by considering its interconnections benefits, in order to fulfill the demand on water, food and energy as well as the rights of people to access water, food and energy resources.
Along the line, a common awareness is arising to its interconnections of such misuse of resources by misleading investment to serious risks such as:
1. A conflict, geopolitically as well as between state, market and people
2. Social and political instability
3. Irreparable environmental damage
4. Food and water crises
5. Land degradation and deforestation
6. Natural disasters
7. Violations on Human rights
8. Coruption

To ensure the greatest impact of the Bonn 2011 on the Rio 20, it needs to establish the system in which all stakeholders themselves act appropriately : “as the declaration of Rio 82 made clear that states have common but differentiated responsibility” on the deterioration of Global environment. And, as the situation of the international society and economy has drastically changed, then the role of not only nations but also players such as: Civil Society, farmers (family farming), Women’s, Young people, indigenous people, elderly and NGO.
With this diversification of stakeholders, the Bonn 2011 should include their roles and recommendations within these Bonn 2011 conference recommendationsas an embedded one for the rio 20 conference and the international fora.
In order to get the greatest impact of those recommendations, it will be much better if to not ask the questions in the last 30 minutes of the 3 days meetings, that maybe it should be 2 days of the three.
However I believe that in order to ensure the greatest impact of Bonn 2011 we have to act as follow:
1. Focus on implementation
2. Helping farmers make change
3. Use participatory research, participatory extention and knowledge based approach of base practices that
sustain production and minimize the negative impact of farming activities and agriculture investment on the
environment.
4. Helping farmers to solve their primary problems by investment in the kind of agriculture that least
implication for energy and water consumption.
5. Agriculture investment policies should be consulted and developed with farmer center approaches, in order to
reduce in equalities in access to critical resources such as land and water.
6. Making education as basic for mobilizing knowledge to realize change.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”.
(Indian/native american proverb)

Vielen Dank,
Agusdin pulungan,
President, WAMTI (Indonesian Farmers and Fishers Society Organization)

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