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