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Publication // The Development of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus as a Framework for Achieving Resource Security: A Review

By Gareth B. Simpson and Graham P. W. Jewitt. This paper presents a study of the evolution of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus since its rise to prominence in policy and development discourses in 2011. Drawing from an extensive review of published literature, the paper presents various interpretations of the concept while also considering the novelty of the WEF nexus.

The challenge of integrating and optimising the components of this multi-centric nexus is examined, with four case studies being presented in this publication. Various criticisms levelled at the WEF nexus, such as the neglect of livelihoods and the environment in assessments, are noted, together with governance considerations associated with this framework. Finally, the potential of the WEF nexus to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is reviewed.

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February 2019

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Frontiers in Environmental Sciences, Vol. 7, Article 8

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Simpson G.B. & Jewitt G.P.W. (2019).The Development of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus as a Framework for Achieving Resource Security: A Review. Frontiers of Environmental Sciences (7)8.

© 2019 Simpson and Jewitt. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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The United Nations University for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) is offering a student assistant position for the Dresden Nexus Conference, taking place in June of 2020.

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Publication // Can the Implementation of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Support Economic Growth in the Mediterranean Region? The Current Status and the Way Forward

By Markantonis, V., Arnaud, R., Karabulut, A., El Hajj, R., Altinbilek, D., Awad, I., ... & Matoussi, M. S. (2019). This policy note paper aims to address the issue of how implementation of the WEF Nexus can support economic growth in the Mediterranean region.

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