Collection // Water-Energy-Food Nexus - Principles and Practices

Edited by P. Abdul Salam, Sangam Shrestha, Vishnu Prasad Pandey, Anil K. Anal. Water, energy and food are key resources to sustain life, and are the fundamental to national, regional and global economies. These three resources are interlinked in multiple ways, and the term “nexus” captures the interconnections. The nexus has been discussed, debated, researched, and advocated widely but the focus is often on the pairings of “water-energy” or “water-food” or “energy-food”. To really benefit from the nexus approach in terms of resource use efficiency it is essential to understand, operationalize and practice the nexus of all three resources. As demand for these resources increases worldwide, using them sustainability is a critical concern for scientists and citizens, governments and policy makers.

Volume highlights include:

  • Contributions to the global debate on water-energy-food nexus
  • Examples of the nexus approach in practice from different regions of the world
  • Perspectives on the future of the nexus agenda

Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Theories and Practices is a valuable resource for students, research scholars and professionals in academic institutions with strong interests in interdisciplinary research involving geography, earth science, environmental science, environmental management, sustainability science, international development, and ecological economics. The volume will also be useful for professionals, practitioners and consultants in /NGOs, government, and international agencies.

Table of content

Section I: Understanding the nexus

  • 1 The need for the nexus approach
    P Abdul Salam, Vishnu Prasad Pandey, Sangam Shrestha, Anil Kumar Anal
  • 2 Evolution of the nexus as a policy and development discourse
    Vishnu Prasad Pandey, Sangam Shrestha
  • 3 The nexus contribution to better water management and its limitations
    Mike Muller
  • 4 The emergence of a new paradigm: the water–food–energy nexus
    Alex Smajgl, Johan Ward
  • 5 Urban nexus: an integrated approach for the implementation of the sustainable development goals
    Donovan Storey, Lorenzo Santucci, Banashri Sinha

Section II: Operationalizing the nexus

  • 6 Modeling the water–energy–food nexus: a 7–question guideline
    Bassel Daher, Sang–Hyun Lee, Amjad Assi, Rabi H. Mohtar
  • 7 Water–Energy–Food nexus: selected tools and models in practice
    Victor R. Shinde
  • 8 Governing for the nexus: empirical, theoretical and normative dimensions
    David Benson, Animesh K Gain, Josselin Rouillard, Carlo Giupponi
  • 9 The role of international cooperation in operationalizing the nexus in developing countries: Emerging lessons of the nexus observatory
    Kristin Meyer, Mathew Kurin
  • 10 Assessing the potential of transboundary regional cooperation in Eastern Nile Basin: Framing nexus cooperation issues
    Mohammad Al–Saidi, Nadir Ahmed Elagib, Lars Ribbe, Tatjana Schellenberg, Emma Roach, Deniz Oezhan
  • 11 Energy–centric operationalizing of the nexus in rural areas: cases from South Asia
    Parimita Mohanty, Satwik Patnaik

Section III: Nexus in practice

  • 12 The water–energy–food nexus from a South African perspective
    Olusola Ololade, Surina Esterhuyse, Audrey D. Levine
  • 13 Water–food–energy nexus: Examples from USA
    Soni M Pradhanang
  • 14 WEF nexus cases from California with climate change implications
    Qinqin Liu
  • 15 Water, Energy and Food security nexus in West Asia Region
    Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud
  • 16 Assessment of water, energy and carbon footprints of crop production: A case study from Southeast Nepal
    Sangam Shrestha, Saroj Adhikari
  • 17 The Food–Water–Energy nexus in modern rice cultivation in Bangladesh
    Sophia Barkat, Zachary A. Smith
  • 18 Riverbank filtration technology at the nexus of Water–Energy–Food
    Thomas B. Boving, Kavita Patil

Section IV: Future of the nexus agenda

  • 19 Water–Energy Food (WEF) nexus and sustainable development
    Ashim Das Gupta






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