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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Hydropower Development and Fish Management // A Food-Water-Energy Nexus Requiring International and Multidisciplinary Approach

By Luiz G. M. Silva, Lee J. Baumgartner, Z. Daniel Deng and Hans-Petter Fjeldstad. Fish and hydropower are often in conflict. The need to produce energy often comes at the expense of fisheries productivity. This has led to a global effort in research to understand and mitigate development impacts and sustain this important research.

The environmental impacts of dams have been recognised globally as one of the major threats for aquatic biota, particularly riverine species. Indeed, freshwater environments are deemed to be experiencing greater biodiversity decline than terrestrial ecosystems in part due to increasing human demand for water. In this sense, dams for hydropower production have gained substantial traction in the balance between freshwater usage and biodiversity conservation, creating various disputes worldwide.


CSIRO Publishing website


November 2018


Editorial to special issue "Fish Passage 2018 & Hydropower Symposium", Marine and Freshwater Research 69 (12) i-iii

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Modelling and Assessment

Holistic Water-Energy-Food Nexus for Guiding Water Resources Planning // Matagorda County, Texas Case

By Muhammed I. Kulat, Rabi H. Mohtar and Francisco Olivera. The authors developed a holistic framework to provide sustainable scenarios that include feasible infrastructure interventions. The framework focuses on water and associated links with other resources, includes a unique analytic tool for quantifying scenarios, and ultimately produces a sustainability analysis of each scenario. Optimal scenarios are offered that consider site-specific dynamic resource interlinkages. The WEF nexus model...

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Pompage Solaire // Investigation de l’impact des installations de pompage solaire sur la consommation d’eau et la situation socio-économique d’un agriculteur dans 3 zones pilotes au Maroc

Cette étude vise à mieux comprendre comment la conversion au pompage solaire peut influencer la consommation d'eau et les conditions socio-économiques d'un agriculteur marocain par rapport aux autres systèmes de pompage d'eau. L'étude s'est appuyée sur une enquête menée auprès de 150 agriculteurs répartis sur les territoires suivants 3 zones distinctes : la zone de Marrakech, la zone de Midelt et la zone de Tata. L'étude a été réalisée par le projet GIZ Sustainable Energy for Food - Powering...

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WEF Nexus Research // Engaging Stakeholders in Research to address Water–Energy–Food (WEF) Nexus Challenges

By A. Larkin, C. McLachlan, R. Falconer, I. Soutar, J. Suckling, L. Varga, I. Haltas, A. Druckman, D. Lumbroso, M. Scott, D. Gilmour, R. Ledbetter, S. McGrane, C. Mitchell, D. Yu. This paper reflects on recent progress in stakeholder engagement in nexus-related research. The authors outline four emerging themes within nexus research and consider the value of, and potential challenges for, transdisciplinary research in each. Specifically, the authors examine how transdisciplinary approaches are...

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