1st Edition

Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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)