event 12 Sep 2018

The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus // Towards a Practical Planning and Decision-support Framework for Landscape Investment and Risk Management

By Livia Bizikova, Dimple Roy, Darren Swanson, Henry David Venema, Matthew McCandless. By Livia Bizikova, Dimple Roy, Darren Swanson, Henry David Venema, Matthew McCandless. The emphasis on the need for a sustainable approach to land investments suggests an integrative framework to manage and govern land investments is required and that the design of such investments should explicitly take natural and social systems into account. From an investor perspective, a key hypothesis is that land investments made with broader social, environmental and economic objectives will perform better due to improved socio-ecological risk management. In this paper, we review the literature and develop a conceptual framework and offer implementation guidance for land investments that increase water, energy, and food securities, a key element of which are spatially explicit design and monitoring features to develop, implement and manage high-quality land investments.

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