"Trees are in the midst of the NEXUS debate"

June 05, 2014.  

ZEF junior researcher Holm Voigt talks about his doctoral research in Uzbekistan. As a geographer, he looks into the role water plays in the afforestation process.

"Trees on marginal lands such as is the case in the region we are working in, are in the midst of the NEXUS debate. Trees use water, a scarce resource. Trees also provide timber, which can be used as firewood and therefore covers the energy factor. The farmer who sells the timber gets income, which provides his food security. So we have a good example of how water, energy and food are linked on a small scale".

Holm Voigt, junior researcher at ZEF, is conducting his doctoral research in the frame of the project "Opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation through afforestation of degraded lands in Central Asia", which is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation and led by Jr.-Prof. Asia Khamzina.

The interview with Mr. Voigt was conducted during the NEXUS conference on Water-Energy-Food organized by GWSP and held in Bonn, May 19-20, 2014.

You can watch the full interview on our youtube channel here.