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Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

1st Edition

Edited by Anik Bhaduri, Claudia Ringler, Ines Dombrowsky, Rabi Mohtar, Waltina Scheumann


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It is beyond doubt that the interconnectedness between food, energy, water security and environmental sustainability exists and is getting amplified with increased globalization. It has been recognized that efforts to address only one part of a systemic problem by neglecting other inherently interlinked aspects may not lead to desirable and sustainable outcomes. In this perspective, policy- and decision- making requires a nexus approach that reduces trade-offs and builds synergies across sectors, and helps to reduce costs and increase benefits for humans and nature compared to independent approaches to the management of water, energy, food and the environment. In the past, work related to the Nexus has looked at the interactions between water and food or water and energy, but there has been a reluctance to bring forward a broader systematic perspective that captures the multiple sectors and resource dependencies while understanding its cost to the environment if we neglect these linkages. This book is a compilation of thirteen papers published previously as a special issue of Water International, contains significant pieces of work on the W-E-F nexus focusing on relevant tools, solutions and governance at local and broader human scales.

Table of Contents


Sustainability in the water–energy–food nexus

Anik Bhaduri, Claudia Ringler, Ines Dombrowski, Rabi Mohtar and Waltina Scheumann

1. The impact of water users’ associations on the productivity of irrigated agriculture in Pakistani Punjab

Dawit K. Mekonnen, Hira Channa and Claudia Ringler

2. Water–energy–food (WEF) Nexus Tool 2.0: guiding integrative resource planning and decision-making

Bassel T. Daher and Rabi H. Mohtar

3. Bioenergy, food security and poverty reduction: trade-offs and synergies along the water–energy–food security nexus

Alisher Mirzabaev, Dawit Guta, Jann Goedecke, Varun Gaur, Jan Börner, Detlef Virchow, Manfred Denich and Joachim von Braun

4. Application of a water–energy–food nexus framework for the Duero river basin in Spain

Beatriz Mayor, Elena López-Gunn, Fermín I. Villarroya and Esperanza Montero

5. Reuse of oil and gas produced water in south-eastern New Mexico: resource assessment, treatment processes, and policy

Enid J. Sullivan Graham, Anne C. Jakle and F. David Martin

6. Water–energy–food nexus in a transboundary context: the Euphrates–Tigris river basin as a case study

Aysegül Kibaroglu and Sezin Iba Gürsoy

7. Water–food–energy nexus in Chile: the challenges due to global change in different regional contexts

Francisco J. Meza, Sebastian Vicuna, Jorge Gironás, David Poblete, Francisco Suárez and Melanie Oertel

8. How would the Rogun Dam affect water and energy scarcity in Central Asia?

Maksud Bekchanov, Claudia Ringler, Anik Bhaduri and Marc Jeuland

9. Governance of transitions towards sustainable development – the water–energy–food nexus in Cyprus

Johannes Halbe, Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Manfred A. Lange and Christina Velonis

10. The water–energy–food (WEF) security nexus: the policy perspective of Bangladesh

Animesh K. Gain, Carlo Giupponi and David Benson

11. Where is the power? Transnational networks, authority and the dispute over the Xayaburi Dam on the Lower Mekong Mainstream

Oliver Hensengerth

About the Editors

Anik Bhaduri, Sustainable Water Future Programme, Brisbane,Australia

Claudia Ringler, International Food Policy Research Institute

Ines Dombrowsky, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Rabi Mohtar, Texas AM University, USA

Waltina Scheumann , German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

About the Series

Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance

Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries