Resources

Policy Papers

OECD Study // Managing the Water-Energy-Land-Food Nexus in Korea

This report assesses the key bottlenecks within the water-energy-land-food nexus in Korea, and proposes policy recommendations and governance arrangements to future-proof environmental integrity and enhance sustainable growth. The increasing pressure caused by urbanisation, industrialisation, population growth and climate change in Korea has led to more land consumption and augmented water supply, at the expense of the environment and at a high cost for public finance. Korea has engaged with the...

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Nexus in Mexico // Involving the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Integrating Low-Income and Isolated Communities

By Brenda Cansino-Loeza and José María Ponce-Ortega. This work presents a general mathematical programming model for satisfying water, energy and food needs in isolated and low-income communities involving different process integration approaches. The problem consists in determining the optimal and sustainable configuration to satisfy the energy, water and food demands of the inhabitants. Also, the use of waste-to-energy technologies is proposed aiming to handle the municipal solid waste...

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Infographics

Video // Water, Energy, Food - Nexus Thinking Explained

This motion infographic explains the importance of nexus thinking in our everyday lives and policy decisions. It explores the deep interconnections between the three essential resources and highlights the need for nexus thinking to help meet the world's needs, as it grows from 7 to 9 billion by 2050.

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Resource

Casos de Buenas Prácticas en Chile y el Perú // La Eficiencia en el Uso del Agua y la Energía en los Procesos Mineros

Por José Luis Lewinsohn and René Salgado. El uso del agua y la energía en los procesos mineros, en especial en los países andinos, planteará múltiples desafíos en el futuro, ya que la necesidad de capturar la renta derivada de la actividad extractiva exigirá, entre otros aspectos, el uso intensivo de estos insumos. En este documento se presenta el análisis de dos casos de estudio de la industria minera en Chile y el Perú.

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Lineamientos de Políticas Públicas // Un Mejor Manejo de las Interrelaciones del Nexo entre el Agua, la Energía y la Alimentación

Por Antonio Embid y Liber Martín. Este estudio tiene como principal objeto la formulación de lineamientos de política pública para mejorar el manejo de las interrelaciones del Nexo entre el agua, la energía y la alimentación en América Latina y el Caribe. Tras una introducción general, se analizan las características globales de la aplicación de las políticas públicas al Nexo, con especial atención a sus componentes supraestatal, nacional y local.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

White Paper // An Overview of Conceptual Frameworks, Analytical Approaches and Research Questions in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

By Kristal Jones, Nicholas R. Magliocca and Kelly Hondula. The food-energy-water (FEW) nexus is increasingly emphasized and prioritized as a framework for research, technology, and policy to deal with complex socio-environmental problems. Producing food in sufficient quantity and of sufficient quality, ensuring enough but not too much water, and generating energy, all to meet human needs and desires, requires an understanding of how those goals complement or counteract one another in specific...

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Projects

Project // Data to Motivate Synthesis (DTMS) Platform

SESYNC has developed a platform and a facilitated process oriented around data discovery to motivate synthesis in the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus. The Data to Motivate Synthesis (DTMS) platform organizes and facilitates exploration of social and natural system data that characterize FEW systems in the United States context. The DTMS platform consists of empirical and conceptual metadata for each data set and the measurements within it, and a web interface that allows users to explore and...

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Plumbing Engineer // The Water-Energy-Nexus and Geothermal Systems

By Jay Egg. The water-energy Nexus is a term used to describe the interdependence between water and energy in our lives. In the development of master planned communities, the water-energy Nexus is front and centre and has yet to realise its full potential. As an example, the U.S, Department of Energy estimates that 350 billion kilowatt-hours per year of energy paid for by its citizens goes down the drain. It is just the beginning.

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Research Papers, Publications and Books

The Urban Resource Nexus // On the Politics of Relationality, Water–Energy Infrastructure and the Fallacy of Integration

By Joe Williams, Stefan Bouzarovski, Erik Swyngedouw. The ‘resource Nexus’ has emerged over the past decade as an important new paradigm of environmental governance, which emphasises the interconnections, tensions and synergies between sectors that have traditionally been managed separately. Nexus thinking presents itself as a radically new approach to integrated governance in response to interconnected socio-environmental challenges and constraints.

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Urban Nexus

Special Issue // Systems Thinking and Urban Water Cycle Management

Equitable social, economic and environmental management of water resources and ecosystem services is central to planning for a world challenged by population growth and an increasingly variable climate. The evolution of urban areas to accommodate growing populations and in response to economic development results in profound changes to the natural water cycle and creates a modified urban water cycle. Among these, the Urban Nexus can be one answer to sustainable, future-proof water management.

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