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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  |  , Jobs  |  15 Sep 2017

Job Vacancy // Water resource planning consultant for a multi-purpose dam in the Cochabamba Departamental Administration, Bolivia

The Nexus project in Bolivia aims at introducing a coordination mechanism of the three sectors of water, energy and food security in order to mitigate resource scarcity caused by climate change and to take advantage of synergies....› more

News  |  14 Sep 2017

Green Economy // The WEF Nexus and Green Growth

By Robert C. Brears. In a green economy – an economy that values and enhances natural capital while simultaneously promoting economic growth and human well-being – the management of the water-energy-food nexus means fostering...› more

News  |  13 Sep 2017

Call for Submissions // Nexus 2018: Water, Food, Energy and Climate

For the 2nd Chapel Hill Nexus Conference, taking place on 16-18 Apr 2018, researchers, policy makers and practitioners are invited to submit their papers. Deadline is 31 Oct 2017.› more