event 19 juin 2017

Co-exploring the Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Facilitating Dialogue through Participatory Scenario Building

By Oliver W. Johnson and Louise Karlberg. This paper presents insights on how participatory scenario-building processes can create space for dialogue amongst stakeholders with differing knowledge, experience, priorities, and political perspectives. Drawing on completed and on-going research applying a “nexus toolkit” in Ethiopia and Rwanda respectively, the authors contribute to a generalized conceptual framework for addressing, communicating, and assessing the water-energy-food nexus, with a particular focus on how to utilize the nexus concept in practice.

category Research Papers, Publications and Books
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This framework has significant potential to help better understand interactions at landscape level, for example, between charcoal production, food production, and environmental systems. The authors find that participatory scenario-building processes that facilitate engagement beyond technical aspects to include social, economic and political concerns provide a valuable space for discussing and negotiating development pathways that are sustainable both biophysically and socio-economically. In addition, the involvement of stakeholders throughout the project process greatly enhances the quality and legitimacy of results. Furthermore, the authors suggest that by building capacity amongst stakeholders to maintain a quantitative “nexus toolkit,” it has a better chance of informing decision-making and for supporting the development of more technically refined analyses of alternative decisions and management strategies.



May 2017


Front. Environ. Sci. 5:24. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2017.00024


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