Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

Publication // Payment for Ecosystem Services and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Securing Resource Flows for the Auffluent?

by Jean Carlo Rodríguez-de-Francisco, Bibiana Duarte-Abadía and Rutgerd Boelens. In this paper, the authors evaluate a Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme from a multi-scalar and political-ecology perspective in order to reveal different power dynamics across the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus perspective.

Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) is not only a prominent, globally promoted policy to foster nature conservation, but also increasingly propagated as an innovative and self-sustaining governance instrument to support poverty alleviation and to guarantee water, food, and energy securities. In this paper, we evaluate a PES scheme from a multi-scalar and political-ecology perspective in order to reveal different power dynamics across the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus perspective. For this purpose, we analyze the PES scheme implemented in the Hidrosogamoso hydropower project in Colombia. The paper shows that actors’ strongly divergent economic and political power is determinant in defining how and for whom the Nexus-related water, food, and energy securities are materialized. In this case, the PES scheme and its scalar politics, as fostered by the private/public hydropower alliance, are instrumental to guaranteeing water security for the hydropower scheme, which is a crucial building-block of Colombia’s energy security discourse. For this, the water and food securities of the adjacent, less powerful communities are sacrificed. Examining the on-the-ground politics of WEF Nexus is key to understanding their impact on equitable and sustainable governance of water, energy, and food in the everyday lives of millions of resource users. We conclude that politicizing the Nexus can help to trace both the flows of resources and the flows of power.

Published

May 2019

In

Water 2019, Volume 11(6), May 2019

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Desalination

Case study // Solving water problems or creating a new one?

This article was originally published by MAGIC Nexus (magic-nexus.eu) and has been re-published here with ther friendly permission. It gives on overview over a case study in the Canary islands, which aims to examine the technological, environmental and social challenges and keystones regarding the use of AWS (desalination and reclaimed water) for irrigation in two areas of the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

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Capacity Building

Publication // Capacity development for solar-powered irrigation

This is an abstract of an article that originally appeared in Rural21 (rural21.com), an international journal for rural development. The article gives an introduction to the “Toolbox on Solar Powered Irrigation Systems”. As a climate-friendly technology, solar powered irrigation systems hold an enormous potential to increase agricultural productivity worldwide while protecting precious natural resources.

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Climate Change

Policy Brief // Understanding the water-energy-food nexus in a warming climate

This article was originally published by Carbon Brief (carbonbrief.org) and has been re-published here with their friendly permission. By: Prof Declan Conway, Dr Christian Siderius and Prof Japhet Kashaigili (2019). Prof Declan Conway is a professorial research fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics; Dr Christian Siderius is a research fellow at Grantham; and Prof Japhet Kashaigili is head of the department of forest...

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