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News  |   7 Jul 2017

Science-Policy Gap // Closing the governance gaps in the water-energy-food nexus: Insights from integrative governance

The water-energy-food nexus has become a popular concept in environmental change research and policy debates. A new SEI working paper by Nina Weitz, Claudia Strambo, Eric Kemp-Benedict and Måns Nilsson gives an extended account of the literature review.

Proponents suggest that a nexus approach promotes policy coherence through identifying optimal policy mixes and governance arrangements across the water, energy and food sectors. Although the nexus literature identifies some barriers to achieving coherence it does not clearly explain why the barriers are present, what influences them, and how they can be acted upon.

These gaps disconnect the nexus literature from the governance processes it ultimately seeks to influence. This paper, published in the journal Global Environmental Change, examines how the integrative environmental governance literature can help to close these gaps. It extracts insights from seven streams of research literature and discusses their relevance for the nexus literature.

The authors argue that connecting the nexus to decision-making processes requires: i) rethinking the boundaries of nexus analysis vis-à-vis other sectors and levels; ii) elaboration of shared principles that can guide decision-making towards policy coherence − or an appropriate form of fragmentation − in different contexts; iii) viewing policy coherence as a continuous process of changing values and perception rather than as an outcome.

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News  |  , MENA  |  12 Dec 2017

Water-Energy Nexus // "Make Water not War"

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News  |  , Jobs  |   4 Dec 2017

Vacancy // PostDoc Researcher in Innovation, Networking and Learning in the Water Industry at Trinity College Dublin

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News  |   1 Dec 2017

Call for Nominations // Steering Committee members for Knowledge-Action Network on Water-Energy-Food Nexus

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