Policy Papers

Diskussion // The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Who Owns It?

By Rabi H. Mohtar. The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus has emerged over the last few years as an innovative and holistic platform for resource management and allocation. Unlike many other disciplines that make their way to the policy circle through academic debates, the nexus emerged from the global and policy business community as a platform to guide sustainability efforts. It is, with no doubt, that the nexus will find its way to the implementation of the sustainability development goals (SDGs), approved by the UN general assembly in September 2015.

The nexus is also finding its way to the academic community, where a lot of scientific questions are awaiting answers: what are the data needs? What are appropriate modelling strategies? How will we scale (upscaling and downscaling)? And what is the appropriate scale for approaching the nexus? These are but a few of the technical challenges. With that in mind, critical questions need answers regarding the governance of the nexus, including ownership and appropriate governance structures. The global community is in urgent need of good, successful examples of how the nexus has helped reach water, energy and food security goals.

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January 2016

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OCPPC Policy Brief 16/03

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Slides

Slides // The Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Connecting Science and Policy

Collection of presentations from a AGU webinar that took place on 6 Sept 2018 and explored both science and policy relating to the food-energy-water nexus. The webinar discussed the connections and trade-offs between the different elements, how science is contributing to our understanding, and Congressional policies aiming for a more sustainable and secure future.

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Hydropower

Hydropower // The Water-Energy Nexus in Chile: A Description of the Regulatory Framework for Hydroelectricity

This article offers a general description of hydropower regulations in Chile wherein two sectors that are regulated separately come to meet each other: water (as a natural resource) and electric industry (as an activity).

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SDGs

Review // Nexus Approaches to Global Sustainable Development

By Jianguo Liu, Vanessa Hull, H. Charles J. Godfray, David Tilman, Peter Gleick, Holger Hoff, Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Zhenci Xu, Min Gon Chung, Jing Sun and Shuxin Li . Many global challenges, though interconnected, have been addressed singly, at times reducing one problem while exacerbating others. Nexus approaches simultaneously examine interactions among multiple sectors. Recent quantitative studies have revealed that nexus approaches can uncover synergies and detect trade-offs among sectors. If...

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